The Motel

First-time filmmaker Michael Kang's marvelously assured feature debut is a subtle adaptation of Ed Lin's acclaimed novel Waylaid. Chubby, 13-year-old Chinese-American Ernest Chin (Jeffrey Chyau) lives in his immigrant mother's slightly seedy rural motel with kid sister Katie (Alexis Chang) and their elderly grandfather, Gung Gung (Stephen Chen). Ahma (Jade...read more

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Puberty sucks, and nobody knows it better than 13-year-old Ernest. As he watches guests come and go, Ernest finds himself forever stuck at his family’s hourly-rate motel. He is forced to divide his time between taking orders from his overbearing mom, cleaning up after the miscreant quests staying at the motel, and longing for the girl of his dreams, 15-year-old Christine. He lacks the courage to tell her how he feels, that is until charismatic Sam Kim checks into the motel and takes fatherless Ernest for a wild ride toward manhood, for better or worse.

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