Brothers Sonny and Steven travelled over to New York as humble Chinese immigrants with dreams of a better life in the late 1980s. However, as they struggled to find a path that would lead them to the so-called American Dream, they quickly became involved in the brutal Chinatown gang The Green Dragons, which soon became their only answer to their crippling poverty. Before long, they are in the high ranks of the group and struggling to evade the ever watchful eye of the New York Police Department who a constant threat to their hedonistic and violence-fuelled lifestyle. However, when Sonny embarks on an illicit affair, his brother soon turns on him resulting in a tragic death. Thus, he decides to set out on a vengeance mission against the group of people who transformed him into the lawless killer he has now become.
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Life isn't easy for Ecuadorian dishwasher Jorge (Octavio Gómez), who works at the Olympic diner under the management of a beneficent boss played by Mandy Patinkin. Jorge is painfully shy and almost mute in his loneliness. All he does is wash dishes and sleep, moving from work to hovel with his head hung low and his hat pulled down. His humdrum existence is shaken by the arrival of a vivacious new Chinese immigrant waitress named Amy (Eugenia Yuan) who couldn't be sweeter to him and tries to get him to come out of his shell. Getting in the way, however, is loudmouth cook Jerry (Aaron Paul), a real jerk who bullies and teases Jorge to the point of cruelty. At the same time, Jerry makes flirtatious moves on Amy, and Jorge, who is slowly developing a crush on her, is flummoxed even further. His attempts to give her small gifts he's picked up at the local thrift store are both pathetic and touching.
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First off: It's a mockumentary. Don't start thinking Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; think Remy Belvaux and Andre Bonzel's Man Bites Dog. Adrian (Adrian Martinez) has agreed to let a three-man crew to follow him as he orders, weds, and begins to live with a Chinese Mail order bride, in exchange for a little help with the cost. After three months of sending letters, Lichi (Eugenia Yuan) comes to America and weds Adrian. We start seeing subtle sadistic behavior in Adrian as he makes her watch his snake devour a mouse and then attempts to get her tubes tied... without telling her. Things get darker and flat-out creepy after that, and she begins to see the documentary's director Andrew (Andrew Gurland). They date and eventually get married too, and things start off well, but it's all downhill from there, and boy, do I mean it.
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The silence is broken only by Michael's tenant, Lori (Eugenia Yuan), who lives downstairs in the first floor of Michael's house. Lori has the disturbing habit of making loud, passionate love to her boyfriend, Justin (Matt Westmore), and then coming upstairs to snuggle with Michael and talk about this and that.
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