Asian American Recs Week / Day 5: Shopping for Fangs DAY 5: Shopping for Fangs Okay, folks, I'm going to be honest about this one: Shopping for Fangs is not so much a good movie as it is an interesting one. It follows the story of (1) Phil, a frustrated, single accountant who is trying to avoid going to Bible study with the woman he'd like to date and seems to be turning into a werewolf, and (2) his boss's quiet wife, Katherine, who is suffering from unexplained blackouts and being stalked by (3) Trinh, a charismatic, crime-fighting waitress with sunglasses and a blonde wig, who, in turn, strikes up a friendship with a lonely gay man at the cafe where she works. Sound bizarre? It is, and the movie suffers from no-budget special effects and the pretension of two young filmmakers who have watched too much Quentin Tarantino.
But I loved Shopping for Fangs anyway, in large part because I rarely see movies about Asian Americans that deal so frankly with issues of identity, particularly sexual identity. There are some queer subplots, but the focus is more on gender identity and sexual expression beyond the stereotypes of Asian passivity and the extremes of sexual repression and overt sexuality and aggression. Notably, there are no demanding Asian parents in this movie--no family pressure, expectations, or immigrant guilt--just young Asians figuring out who they are and who they want to sleep with and love. The trailer is here. (Running time 1:30, safe for work)