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Thunder Communications International !
A ﬁlm by Quentin Lee!
Approx. 84 minutes!
Not Yet Rated!
Preliminary Press Notes!
The Unbidden is a supernatural thriller about four women confronted by a mysterious young man who
unburies a dark secret from their past.
Mystery Novelist Lauren Lee (Tamlyn Tomita) is haunted by the ghost of a tortured, bloodied man. She tries to forget the apparition’s terrifying warnings and her unstable mental state by hosting dinner with her best friends (Julia Nickson, Amy Hill and Elizabeth Sung). Each of her best friends has her own idea and opinion to make Lauren better.
In the midst of a séance that Rachel believes will exorcise Lauren, a mysterious young man arrives brandishing a gun and announces that one of them is his mother. He holds the women hostage in order to get to the truth of the whereabouts of his missing father, Lauren’s husband.
The women’s world unravels as Lauren confesses that she has killed her husband Jake (Jason Yee) in self defense. Even though the young man is stunned by his mother’s frank confession, there are brutal twists to the dark secret that he never imagined.
He goes on an emotional journey through the four women's past which reverses his perspective on vengeance. But forgiveness doesn’t come easy to those who’ve committed the ultimate betrayal as a decades long mystery gets solved in an unexpected final reckoning.
Writer and Director’s Statement If you're a fan of the horror, psychological thriller, family melodrama or Asian American film genres, you're in for a treat, not a trick. Our feature film has elements that will remind you of the classics What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, Rope, All About My Mother and The Joy Luck Club.
Our intention was to create a wildly original independent feature with an all Asian American cast that aims to not only entertain with shocks and thrills, but bring on the debate about difficult emotional issues. This is a female-driven film that deals with domestic violence and the morality of retribution. The central conflict of the story is whether or not the victim of an intimate crime is justified in returning the violence on her perpetrator.
Can any act of violence ever truly be forgiven?
What kind of change in a person's heart, soul and mind has to occur for that character to accept love again? About the Cast TAMLYN TOMITA (Lauren Lee) made her screen debut as Kumiko in The Karate Kid, Part II with Ralph Macchio and Pat “Noriyuki” Morita and has since appeared in numerous feature films, television, and theatre projects. She is p
KARIN ANNA CHEUNG (Young Anna) is an actress, artist, and musician graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in art and studied acting with Glen Chin at East West Players in Los Angeles. Karin made her breakout acting debut in Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow as the female lead. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times has written that Karin is “a gifted Asian American actor.” Better Luck Tomorrow premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and screened at festivals across the country including Toronto, but it was when MTV Films purchased it that Karin became known to everyone world wide. A California native, Karin is a multi-talented performer and artist who has variously expressed her creative vision through songwriting, live musical performances, photography, and art. Her artwork has been shown in various galleries in and around Los Angeles and she has both performed and recorded extensively as a vocalist, songwriter, and musician. Karin’s last major film project was a romantic-comedy feature called The People I’ve Slept With with director Quentin Lee. The film premiered at Hawaii International Film Festival and San Diego Asian American Film Festival, was featured at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival, and garnered much critical acclaim.
KIMBERLY ROSE-WOLTER (Young Rachel) is a hyphenate not just in name.
She is a writer, actor and producer. Wolter wrote and starred in Hawaii set comedy, 4 Wedding Planners with Illeana Douglas & Sung Kang. Her first film, wearing multiple hats, TRE won Special Jury Prize at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and was nominated for The Maverick Award and Wolter for Best Actress at The Method Festival. Wolter also co-founded and was Artistic Director of critically acclaimed LA based, VS.
Theatre Company for 6 seasons. Other credits include Soul Surfer, Strangers, Turistas, and Charlotte Sometimes.
Xiao Ming Yan (Executive Producer) is the Secretary General of the China Film Foundation, China’s only public equity film fund directly under the supervision of the State Administration of Radio, Film Television. Prior to this role, YAN was the President of the only national movie channel in China, the China Movie Channel (CCTV-6) and the Deputy Chairman of the China Film Group. YAN is one of the most prolific producers in China with hundreds of films to his credit. Some of YAN’s better known projects include Transformers 4 (Age of Extinction) (2014) where he was instrumental in green-lighting this major co-production between China and Hollywood, and Finding Mr. Right (2013), one of China’s top Romantic Comedies that grossed more than RMB 500 million (US $80 million) in the Chinese box office.
The Filmmakers Directed by Quentin Lee Screenplay by NaRhee Ahn Producers Charles Lei Stanley Yung NaRhee Ahn Quentin Lee Executive Producer Yan Xiaoming Director of Photography Len Borruso Production Designer Reed Johns Editor Matthaeus Szumanski Costume Designer Melynda Choothesa Original Music by Steven Pranoto Casting Directors Quentin Lee & NaRhee Ahn