It recites the familar litany of dead-end jobs and marriages of convenience found in illegal immigrant/Green Card movies set in New York. Siao Yu has to cohabit with her paid-for Italian-American husband to convince the Immigration Department that the marriage isn’t phoney.
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It’s blessedly free of romance, Liu and Travanti instead forming a touching and wholly chaste friendship. Chang shows a deft eye for location, capturing an older, dirtier version of the city, its late night streets and tiny, cramped apartments.