Ethan Mao

Synopsis: BOOTED OUT of his comfortable suburban house by his father for being gay after being outed by his manipulative stepmother, Ethan Mao, 18, survives on the street as a hustler selling sex to older men. He meets Remigio, 19, a drug dealer and sometime hustler, who befriends Ethan and takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings and a necklace that belonged to his late mother. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and believe they have no choice other than to hold his father, stepmother, and bullying stepbrother hostage. In the following increasingly desperate hours, Ethan, his family, and Remigio are forced to confront their unresolved conflicts between each other. As the tension between Ethan and his family escalates, their inner demons and family secrets unravel in this suspenseful drama.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Quentin Lee
Production: TLA Releasing
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

So what do you want to do?

I don't care, whatever

You're easy

Wanna come hang at my place?

Sure. I'll get to play with your dogs

I thought we were going

to your place

Are you okay?

Just relax. Let me do all the work

That was the first time I got f***ed

I never talked to him or

saw him on-line again

Taking it up the ass is

not as bad as you think

You get paid a lot more if you do

It's not as tiring as giving

a blow job or a hand job

This is my favorite position

lying on my stomach

Because I don't even have

to see his face

I was never exactly your happy

suburban kid...

but things took a strange turn...

when I started to explore

my sexuality on-line

That was just about a year ago

when I was still going to school

and working at

my dad's restaurant

Don't forget to lock the door

We're closed

Bag up all the money

Okay, just chill

What's going on?

Give me the cash, now!

Don't look at me, you Jap!


My life started to spin out of control

not long after that night

What's wrong?

Is this yours? Is this yours or not?

Is this what you are?

If I hadn't promised your mom

before she died, I'd -

Then what?

If you're really this

then you're not my son

And you gotta live

somewhere else!

Mom died when Noel was eight

and I was twelve

The photo is all I have of her now

I remember how much she loved

wearing her diamond necklace

It was pretty much the only thing

dad ever bought her

Did you think about

what we talked about?


About you not having a home...

and maybe I could adopt you

Living here will be a lot better

than where you're living now

How was your day?

Two tricks. Bought Chinese food


New stuff?

I haven't tried one yet, but they're

supposed to be really good

I'm starving

Teach me how to use chopsticks?


When I was a little kid

I saw this kung fu movie on TV

And this guy... he could kill people

by throwing chopsticks at them

It was the coolest

You know it's unlucky

to open a fortune cookie

before you finished eating

What did you get?

"Your prayers will be answered"

I met Remigio a couple of days

after I started working on the strip

I learned all about hustling from

talking to a couple kids on-line

I got paid really well because

I was just the right type

Howdy. I'm Remigio

What? Am I supposed

to pay you a road tax?

Just seen you around...

thought I'd say hi

Are you a cop?

Vice squad. Just kidding

But if I were you

I wouldn't make it so obvious

Don't get dropped off on the street

Thanks for your advice, Remigio

Wanna smoke?

I don't smoke

Come hang with us

I'm tired, hungry and homeless

Will you excuse me?

I'll buy you dinner


Because I dig you

It's gonna cost you

What are you in the mood for?

How's the sushi?


So you're just gonna sit here

and watch me eat

I'm not that hungry

I'm still a little high

On what?

On E, and a little bit of coke

Ever tried it?


I make good money on it

Wow. I guess I'm supposed

to be impressed by a drug dealer

You're a little b*tch, you know that?

Look, I know you're scared

But trying so hard to act tough

isn't going to get you anywhere

Just be yourself

and keep your eyes open

Look, I'm going to pay for this

and I'll leave you alone


Do you have a place to stay?

Wanna crash at my place?

I'm not going to f*** you

if that's what you're thinking

I know how you feel

I've been there

What's your name?

Ethan. Ethan Mao

Hey, Christina. How are you?

Yeah. I'll be down there

around eleven

OK. See you

Do you want me to come with you?

You really need

a good night's sleep

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Quentin Lee

Quentin Lee (Chinese name: Chinese: 李孟熙; pinyin: Lǐ Mèngxī; Cantonese Yale: Lei5 Maang6 Hei1; born 1971 in Hong Kong) is a Canadian and American film writer, director and producer. He is most notable for the films The Unbidden (2016), White Frog (2012), The People I've Slept With (2009), Ethan Mao (2004), Drift (2000), Flow (1996), and the film short To Ride a Cow (1993). Lee also co-directed Shopping for Fangs (1997) with Justin Lin, known for his controversial film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002). Lee's films are noticeable for containing male lead characters who are Asian and gay, two minority groups generally not seen as lead characters in mainstream Hollywood films. He attended UCLA film school. more…

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