Tie a Yellow Ribbon

This uneven psychodrama focuses on three Asian-American women in Manhattan: an angry young photographer (Kim Jiang) who's in love with her white stepbrother; her roommate (Jane Kim), a university student burdened by parental expectations; and their neighbor (Theresa Ngo), a woman so self-effacing she's become the landlady's doormat. The photographer's story line is the best scripted; magnetic if not conventionally pretty, she prevails out of sheer perversity. The movie's chief weakness is a suicide sequence that's supposed to make a point about identity conflict but comes off more like a postmodern riff on Madame Butterfly. Joy Dietrich directed her own screenplay. 86 min.

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