Miss Wonton
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An immigrant trying to make a new life for herself in America discovers her old life is following close behind in this independent drama. Ah Na (Amy Ting) was born and raised in a Chinese village where her desire to challenge the norms led to ugliness and violence, so she decides to emigrate to the United States in hopes of starting over. Ah Na finds a job at Buddha's Happiness, a Chinese restaurant run and staffed by fellow Chinese expatriates, but her tiny shared apartment and long working hours do not afford her much more freedom than she knew in China. One day, Ah Na stumbles upon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The central character isn't complex enough to hold our interest."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A baffling mixed platter of gritty realism and magic realism with a hard-to-swallow premise."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Its story about a young Chinese woman, Ah Na, who has come to New York City to replace past tragedy with the American Dream is one that any art-house moviegoer is likely to find compelling."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Call it magic realism or surrealism, but Miss Wonton floats beyond reality with a certain degree of wit and dignity."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Ong chooses to present Ah Na's life as a slight, weightless fairy tale, whose most unpleasant details seem to melt away in the face of the character's blank-faced optimism."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Ong's promising debut is a warm and well-told tale of one recent Chinese immigrant's experiences in New York City."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Suggests puns about ingredients and soup and somebody being off their noodle, but let's just say the ingredients don't quite add up to a meal."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The movie barely makes sense, with its unbelievable na´vetÚ and arbitrary flashbacks."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"Most consumers of lo mein and General Tso's chicken barely give a thought to the folks who prepare and deliver it, so, hopefully, this film will attach a human face to all those little steaming cartons."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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