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Genre: Drama
Starring: Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Chloe Sevigny, Shawn Ashmore, Stockard Channing
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme)
Year Made: 2006




- Interviews
- Trailer



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 2 hrs 7 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment & Archer Entertainment APPL




3 Needles is a collection of three stories, set individually in Africa, China and Canada. A testament to how the harshest tragedy can sometimes bring out the best in people, each story offers the bittersweet hope that redemption can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

In South Africa, a nun risks all, including her salvation, to help the helpless. In China, a father unwittingly gives away his most precious possession for a few pieces of silver. In North America, a mother makes the ultimate sacrifice to ensure her son spends his remaining days in comfort.


It is only apt for a film which deals somber themes to make a solemn viewing experience. This Thom Fitzgerald-directed collection of tales takes place in China, Canada and Africa. All three stories look at the disheartening situations of worldwide AIDS crises, and all three stories end on a grave note which will leave you in dismal.

In China, Lucy Liu is a woman who endangers the entire village by dabbling in selling blood illegally. In Canada, Shawn Ashmore is a porn actor who hides his blood test results at all costs. In Africa, Chloe Sevigny is a young nun who does something unthinkable to benefit the village.

From the paragraph above, one can expect many sad faces and teary eyes in the 127-minute movie. Heartrending performances by Liu, Ashmore and Sevigny aside, we are also impressed with the supporting cast like Tanabadee Chokpikultong who plays a rice farmer whose conscience and love for his daughter are at tension, Stockard Channing who plays the porn actor’s mother with grace and empathy, and Olympia Dukakis who plays an experienced old nun who ultimately meets doom despite her good deeds.

This film may not be the best exploration of characters, nor will it be the best writing you have seen around for a while, but the seriousness of this global tragedy will make you sit up and notice. There are real people out there who are suffering from AIDS, and that is enough to send chills down your spines while watching this film.

Of course, given the three continents’ landscapes, you can expect breathtaking cinematography by Tom Harting and affecting ethnic score by Christophe Beck and Trevor Morris.

This is definitely one of those films you’d watch for enjoyment, but the themes explored are so relevant and real, it’ll leave you thinking about what kind of real-life tragedies going on outside your comfortable home.


This Code 3 DVD contains three on-the-fly, unedited interviews with Sevigny, Ashmore and Liu. In the 15-minute clip with Sevigny, she tells the interviewer how she did not want to portray a goofy-two-shoes nun. In the 32-minute segment with Ashmore, he talks about how different it is to work on smaller productions like this compared to Hollywood blockbusters like X-Men 2. Meanwhile, in her 13 minutes, Liu shares how her Asian heritage helped her in her role. There is also a trailer included in the disc.


The disc’s visual transfer showcases the sweeping cinematography brilliantly, while the audio track is presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround.



Review by John Li


. 3 Needles (Movie Review)

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. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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