Watching TV with the Red Chinese
When Tzu, Wa and Chen come to New York City in the summer of 1980 to study, they find themselves in a strange land far, far away from life in communist China. Consuming a heavy daily diet of American T.V., they are captivated by the cacophonous culture surrounding them. They make friends with their next-door neighbor Dexter, his sometimes girlfriend Suzanne and the struggling filmmaker Billy. They party. One falls dangerously in love. But a brutal mugging and an ex-boyfriend's crazed jealousy plunge them into a state of cultural confusion and fear. When, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon is murdered, the trio fatefully confronts the social violence that surrounds them.
Cast: Leonardo Nam, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan O'Nan, Keong Sim, James Chen
Directed by: Shimon Dotan
Written by: Netaya Anbar
Running time: 1hr 45min
Opens: Jan 20, 2012 Limited
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