VOD Review - Ms. Purple
Tiffany Chu, in her feature debut, stars as Kasie, a young woman who lives in Los Angeles. She lives with her father in some cheap bungalow. She has a brother, but he's not present in the beginning. Her mother is also nowhere to be found. It's revealed later that her mother doesn't want anything to do with Kasie and her brother. Kasie wanted to be a musician, possibly a pianist, but she didn't go to school or college for it because her father became ill. She's now struggling financially because she has to pay his medical bills or his medical care. She earns extra money by working at a Koreatown, karaoke bar as a hostess.
This film doesn't go as far as one might hope, if it were really an exposé. It seems to be critical of the men who attend and doesn't portray them in the best light ultimately. The film doesn't condemn all the men who go there. It doesn't give us as good a look into these karaoke bars as Hustlers (2019) did of New York strip clubs. We simply learn that the women who go there to be escorts are called "doumi" or "domi" girls. The way men refer to them makes doumi girls seem like not much better than whores. At one point, Kasie is involved with a man from the karaoke bar named Tony, played by Ronnie Kim. He's set up to be the Asian Richard Gere from Pretty Woman (1990), but this film would be the anti-version of that.
Teddy Lee co-stars as Carey, the younger brother to Kasie. He's estranged from his father and sister. Kasie calls him to come help when she loses the in-home nurse who was caring for their father. It's with Carey that he experiences the father waking up. It could have been a hallucination or something, but it's the only time that something like that happens, so it's not clear what to make of it. Flashbacks reveals that Carey took his mother's abandonment hard and he fought with his father, nearly coming to physical blows, but the film doesn't really go beyond the superficial in Carey's relationship with his parents.
Not Rated but contains language and sexual situations.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 27 mins.
Available on Hulu.