Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: The Wong family members each deal with their own dramas but come together in a crisis. One daughter is a lesbian.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 90 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Georgia Lee
Writer: Georgia Lee
Starring: Tzi Ma, Jacqueline Kim, Elaine Kao, Freda Foh Shen, Kathy Shao-Lin Lee, Mia Riverton, Jayce Bartok, Rossif Sutherland, Sebastian Stan, Stephen Rowe, Cindy Cheung, Mao Zhao, Bridget White, Coati Mundi, Tyler Maynard

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Red DoorsThis heartwarming and touching comedy focuses on the Wongs, a Chinese-American family from the New York suburbs. Ed (Tzi Ma) has just retired and finds himself dissatisfied with life at home with his wife (Freda Foh Shen) and teenage daughter Katie (Kathy Lee), and two adult daughters who often visit.

The girls are all very focused on the drama in their own lives. Katie is having a prank war with a boy whom she’d really rather date. Eldest daughter Sam (Jacqueline Kim, Lao Ma in ‘Xena’) is unsure about her upcoming marriage, and Julie (Elaine Kao) has recently fallen in love with Mia (producer Mia Riverton), an actress visiting the hospital where she is a medical student.

The pressures of dating a celebrity with nosy reporters around are a challenge to the budding relationship. But Mia comes through when her girlfriend needs her the most – a crisis that brings them all together. Dad just disappears from their lives, feeling detached from his family. When they find him in a Buddhist monastery, by then they’ve all come around to appreciate the value of family and love in its many forms.

This semi-autobiographical film was written, directed and produced by Georgia Lee. CBS also commissioned a pilot for a television series based on the film, but it was not picked up for the season. (AB)