Ethan Mao

Ethan Mao

Director: Quentin Lee Cast: Jun Hee Lee, Raymond Ma, Julia Nickson



The product of a dysfunctional family takes unusual revenge on his parents in this drama. Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee) is a teenager living in a Los Angeles suburb with his straight-laced father (Raymond Ma), his new stepmother (Julia Nickson), his younger brother (David Tran), and his angry stepbrother (Kevin Kleinberg). Ethan has accepted his own homosexuality, but his father is not so understanding, and when he catches Ethan with a gay magazine, the youngster finds himself thrown out of the house. Ethan starts supporting himself as a street hustler, and moves in with Remigio (Jerry Hernandez), a drug dealer who develops a strong friendship with Ethan. On Thanksgiving Day, when his family is away, Ethan decides to break into his old house and recover a necklace that belonged to his late mother. Remigio decides to tag along, but before they can leave with the jewelry, the family unexpectedly comes home early. An argument breaks out and Remigio pulls a gun; moments later, Ethan and his friend are holding his mother and father hostage. Ethan Mao is the third feature from independent Asian-American filmmaker Quentin Lee.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
UPC: 0807839002003
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Tla
Time: 1:27:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; "Deconstructing Ethan Mao" interview; Making of Ethan Mao featurette; Original trailer; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jun Hee Lee Ethan Mao
Raymond Ma Abraham
Julia Nickson Sarah
Jerry Hernandez Remigio
David Tran Noel
Kevin Kleinberg Actor

Technical Credits
Quentin Lee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Julie Asato Associate Producer
Ernesto M. Foronda Associate Producer
Rodney Hom Production Designer
Joan Huang Associate Producer,Casting
Christine Kim Editor
Steven Norman Lee Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Pranoto Score Composer
Jim Ridgley Sound/Sound Designer
James C. Yuan Cinematographer
Stanley Yung Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ethan Mao
1. Your Prayers Will Be Answered [8:11]
2. Howdy [6:30]
3. I'm So Rolling [4:51]
4. Thanksgiving Special [8:51]
5. Drop the Gun [6:17]
6. Hong Kong Action Movies [5:36]
7. All There Is Is Money [6:18]
8. The Next Meryl Streep [6:43]
9. Blankets and Pillows [7:15]
10. At Least You Slept [3:38]
11. Mothers of Psychotic Teens [4:29]
12. Act Scared [7:13]
13. When I Close My Eyes [5:48]

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't fault independent filmmakers with their low budgets for not producing what Hollywood can. Still, this movie was just bad, bad, bad. It starts off covering important issues like gay, Asian-American youth and presenting imagery that breaks the model minority myth. Unfortunately, the plot reveals itself about 15 minutes into the film and things go down from there. This movie was just tedious. I couldn't wait for this to be over when I saw it. When great straight, Asian-American films (The Joy Luck Club, Better Luck Tomorrow, Masters of the Pillow) and great gay, Asian-proper films (Farewell My Concubine, Fire) have been made, then why make a BAD gay, Asian-American film? Additionally, I think some viewers may find the stepmother's role and representation misogynist. This movie shows something rarely seen: a kiss between an Asian-American, male character and a LatinO character. Still, instead of developing this unique coupling, things fall apart instantly to the disappointment of this viewer. Don't let your liberal leanings lure you into wasting time or money on this. You have been warned!