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Shopping for Fangs

A hapless office drone wonders if he's turning into a werewolf, a beautiful Stepford Wife begins to suffer from long blackouts, and a wisecracking diner waitress becomes a pistol-packing lesbian avenger. Like so many other indie releases of its time, this 1997 comedy is a knockoff of Pulp Fiction, with oddball characters, intersecting story lines, and plenty of B-movie flash. But it's got real energy, and its solid grounding in LA's Asian community gives the laughs a genuine cultural point of view. Writer-directors Quentin Lee and Justin Lin subsequently went their separate ways; Lin directed the impressive Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) and then drifted into studio hack work (he's the current custodian of the "Fast & Furious" hot rod franchise); Lee has directed a series of mostly gay-oriented indies. 91 min.



  • Quentin Lee
  • Justin Lin


  • Jeanne Chin
  • Radmar Jao
  • Clint Jung
  • John Cho
  • Lela Lee
  • Scott Eberlein

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