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In a wealthy home in Beverly Hills, the evening unfolds much like any other. The young Chinese-American eye surgeon, Daniel Hong (Chin Han), is called away on an emergency. But not before his bored wife, Natalie (Vivian Wu), and his blind mother, Mrs. Hong (Lisa Lu) exchange their usual bitter… More In a wealthy home in Beverly Hills, the evening unfolds much like any other. The young Chinese-American eye surgeon, Daniel Hong (Chin Han), is called away on an emergency. But not before his bored wife, Natalie (Vivian Wu), and his blind mother, Mrs. Hong (Lisa Lu) exchange their usual bitter diatribes. Daniel feels helplessly caught between the woman he loves and the mother he honors.But everything changes for this one sultry night when Patrick (Joe Lando), Daniel's best friend, escapes from prison. Convicted of killing his own parents, Patrick has spent ten years in prison waiting for this chance. He has been kept alive by the thought of this night, the night he gets to kill the real murderer of his parents, for Patrick is convinced that Daniel's father, his own Godfather, is the real killer!Twisted by revenge, he breaks into the house and holds Natalie, his ex-lover, at gunpoint, only to realize that revenge will never be his --- old Mr. Hong has recently died of natural causes. Will an agonized Patrick accept that fate has dealt him another cruel blow? Or will he continue to seek revenge for this heinous crime? Will he in fact ever learn the true story of his parent's death? And can this family overcome their darkest secrets and survive?In this gripping psychological drama of shifting alliances and startling revelations, old-world Chinese traditions clash with modern-day Los Angeles. Only to prove, when each of the principals confronts a dormant secret from the past, nothing is ever as it appears to be.The beautiful Vivian Wu of "The Pillow Book" and "Joy Luck Club" plays Natalie, a woman caught between a wicked mother-in-law, a weak husband, cultural conventions and her once true love, now an escaped convict.Joe Lando, well-known for his co-starring role in the popular television series, "Dr. Quinn: MedicineWoman", stars as Patrick. Is he an innocent man? Will the truth release him? Is Natalie the womanhe thought she was or part of the deception?The renowned Chinese actress, Lisa Lu, known to American audiences for her performance in "Joy Luck Club" and "The Last Emperor", plays Mrs. Hong. Mrs. Hong's mission is to save her son from the truth as he knows it, protecting him from a fate prescribed by her Chinese beliefs - "old debts never die".Singaporean actor Chin Han makes his American theatrical debut as Daniel, a successful doctor and a seemingly weak mama's boy who holds the key to the truth. -- © Pathfinder Pictures
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A surprisingly smart thriller given its almost theatrical constraints.
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