Amy Chen (Amy Chang) is a strong, fiercely independent woman who has just realised that her break up has had a serious effect on her mental health. Pressured by family to find a man, have children and settle down, Amy starts to panic and to appease her mother, she gets into a relationship. Unfortunately, he seems to be far more interested in her than she is with him and it’s not going well.
Angel Li (Yi Liu) is an aspiring actress on the verge of her big break. However, she’s unhappy in her marriage and has turned to another man to make her feel good again. Although as her life changes and her career appears to be taking off, the new man in her life is not what she was expecting.
Nina Wong (Celia Au) is a young woman with the world at her feet. She has an adoring boyfriend, but she’s unappreciated by her family and to make ends meet she decides to become an escort. Although a series of events makes her question her future.
In a New York Minute is a melodrama about three Chinese women living in New York, directed by Ximan Li and co-written by Yilei Zhou. Taking the stories of three women with very different lives, Li’s story takes these women with interconnected lives and shows the struggles that they have with the pressures of family, work and being a woman.
However, despite it being a story directed by, written and starring Chinese women, its story has its roots firmly placed in New York. This means that despite the cultural connection between the leads, there is very little of that shown in the script. This means that something that has such strong connections to its Chinese heritage, could have benefitted from connecting less to an American audience.
In a New York Minute is a movie that likes to take its time in telling its story as well. Being around 100 minutes in length then this may frustrate some viewers as the individual stories feel stretched out, without any satisfying conclusions.
Also, the connection between the three women is not as strong as the filmmakers may have liked it to have been either. Overall, this makes In a New York Minute feel more like an anthology rather than a cleverly woven drama and one which doesn’t make much of an impact.
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