“Touch,” love story, coming to OC on Friday

Lynn Porter (Duong) as Tam, in Touch.

After opening to a full house in San Jose last weekend, Touch, a love story taking place in a nail salon, is coming to Orange County this weekend starting Friday night at AMC The Block.

The film, helmed by USC graduate film school alum Minh Duc Nguyen, tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman Tam (Lynn Porter) working in a nail salon and her relationship with her father (Long Nguyen, of Journey from the Fall fame), her boyfriend Ky (Tony LaThanh), and a customer Brendan (Peter Ruby) whose soul connected with hers. The film explores the main character’s loneliness, her losses and her search for love and human connection. Singer My Lan plays the nail salon’s owner.

As a sneak preview, the film won the Audience Choice Award at ViFF 2011, and received rave reviews from the press critics at all the festivals it went to. The Mercury News has a front-page restrospective on Viets making films, on the occasion of Touch‘s San Jose sell-out.


Touch is now playing in San Jose, at AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop, San Jose). Showtimes: 1:25 PM, 4:05 PM, 6:45 PM, 9:45 PM

In Orange County, Touch will be shown at AMC The Block 30 (20 City Blvd West, Orange) starting this Friday, March 16.

UPDATE: Showtimes: 10:35 AM, 1:20 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:05 PM, 10:15 PM.

Read the film’s synosis after the jump.

At V.I.P. Nails, a Vietnamese manicurist named Tam has a new customer: Brendan, a shy mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails, and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse: “Your hands are filthy!” Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day, where Tam does more than scrub his hands clean. She also offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist.

This sensual film explores the sense of touch and its emotional impact — how with just a simple touch, we can reveal our deepest longings, give the utmost pleasure to others and even heal a wounded soul.

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14 Responses to “Touch,” love story, coming to OC on Friday

  1. Bo May says:

    kimmie, they play the trailer with a spanish soundtrack background, the clip even shows a viet woman and a white guy in bed…. Damn! they got a lot of cajones to do this to the viet race, what are you gonna do kimmie?

  2. Little Saigon for Romney Santorum says:

    How dare they make a “Viet” film without condemning the communists? I am sure the Viet Cong are behind this project, trying to distract “Viets” from the past!

  3. jose s. says:

    I wonder if anybody is going to protest this movie because if you look at the first picture there’s a jar of red nail polish on the top shelf! No!!!!!!!! The communists are coming!!!! Oops, they’re already here.

  4. Bo May says:

    don’t forget the red lipstick. LOL

  5. gossip says:

    Shame on you for deleting my post. What happens to the first amendment picture hanging in your lobby???

  6. Jung Kim says:

    We don’t like gossip..that’s all folks!

  7. SGNails4Palin2012 says:

    A few thoughts: that nail salons should have a Vietnamese video of girly men in soldier uniforms singing about the war that ended 37 years ago. May be they should also have an altar with the photo of dictator Ngo Dinh Diem or Madame Ngu looking like they just found out someone had stolen their shoes.

  8. Jung Kim says:

    Go get your finger nails cleaned and it will land you a pretty girl friend…. hmmm

  9. Jung Kim says:

    How about a Mexican dishwasher from oc gay blog meeting a girly cashier at taco bell?

  10. Unkel K says:

    hahaha…finally JK comes up with something funny.

  11. Romney/ThaiVanTran2012 says:

    How about Madame Ngu cleaning Jesus’ nails before the nailing?

  12. MN says:

    Whatever theory of evolution you learned in high school, if you put a snake in a room with a naked woman. This movie is about a snake finds his way into the hoo hah, and the use of female nudity that left little to the imagination.

    Brendon is the guy with filthy and flexible fingers, and a taste for touch. Tam is a traditional-Viet-raised and white-washed (no, cross that, Western-cultivated) little girl with Kama Sutra secrets. Like too many Viet films, the material is thin and underdeveloped. Despite the filmmakers have tried to sex up and transform this virginal (?) creature, the story line fails to convince the psychological depth the connection between Tam and Ky.

    Porter is a good looking actress. This steamy role in film-nography seems like a perfect match for her to shoot to fame on the strength of her naked ambition.

    For those who occasionally lock themselves in the bathroom, this movie is definitely a must add on to the video collection.

  13. Unkel K says:

    Hahahaha…Great review. Looking forward to future trips to the bathroom watching this movie.

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