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March 6, 2012 > Touch Opens in San Jose

Touch Opens in San Jose

Submitted By Mellissa Tong

Touch, an independent film written and directed by Minh Duc Nguyen, is slated for release in selected cities, starting with San Jose Friday, March 9. It will show exclusively at AMC Eastridge 15, before expanding to other cities. Touch marks a home-coming of sorts for writer/director Minh Duc Nguyen, Porter Lynn, and several cast and crew members, born and raised in San Jose and East Bay.

Touch is a romantic drama about a mechanic looking to save his faltering marriage. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a reserved Vietnamese-American manicurist, who not only does the impossible - cleaning his filthy hands - but also gives him advice about his love life.

This sensual film explores the sense of touch and its emotional impact - how with just a simple touch, we can reveal our deepest longings, and even heal a wounded soul. Making her cinematic debut in Touch, actress Porter Lynn pleasantly surprises audiences with her mature poise and unassuming strength in portraying Tam. Her powerful performance won her Best Actress award at Boston International Film Festival. She is costarring with John Ruby, Melinda Bennett, Long Nguyen (Journey from the Fall), and Hiep Thi Le (Heaven & Earth).

During its film festival tour, Touch has captured numerous awards: Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at Vietnamese International Film Festival; Best Actress, Best Story Line, and Best Cinematography at Boston International Film Festival; Best First Feature at Santa Rosa International Film Festival; Jury Award and Audience Choice Award at Atlanta Asian Film Festival.

In America, over 75% of the nail salons are owned and operated by Vietnamese. The nail salon industry provides countless job opportunities for Vietnamese immigrants, but their stories have never been told on-screen. For the first time, a story is told about these women, from their point-of-view. Minh, in his directorial debut, sees the nail salon as the perfect setting to tell a multicultural romance, a place where Vietnamese workers interact daily with their American customers from all walks of life. But sometimes the universal need for human contact can break through the limitations of a simple manicure...

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