Shopping for Fangs

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Shopping for Fangs
Poster of the movie Shopping for Fangs.jpg
Directed by Quentin Lee
Justin Lin
Produced by Quentin Lee
Written by Dan Alvarado
Justin Lin
Quentin Lee
Starring Radmar Agana Jao
Music by Steven Pranato
Cinematography Lisa Wiegand
Edited by Justin Lin
Quentin Lee
Sean Yeo
Distributed by Margin Films
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shopping for Fangs is a 1997 film directed by Americans Quentin Lee and Justin Lin.

Plot summary[edit]

Housewife Katherine loses consciousness and lost her cell phone as a result. Lesbian waitress Trinh sends her sexually suggestive messages and pictures. Katherine's husband works with a man by the name of Phil.[1]

Payroll clerk Phil, who is confused about his sexuality, thinks that he is transforming into a werewolf because his hair grows so quickly that he has to shave every hour, he gorges on raw meat, and is uninjured after being struck by a car.[2]


The film's budget was less than $100,000 and had a filming schedule of 21 days in Los Angeles.[3] Lee and Lin separated the filming between themselves, with Lee filming the part with Katherine and Lin filming the part with Phil.[3] It was released by Lin's company Margin Films.[4] The term GenerAsian X may have been coined because of this film's release, with the X later being removed.[5]

Lee said in a 2012 interview, "Shopping for Fangs is about finding connections, which is a theme that threads through all my movies." He also said, "It’s hard to quantify cultural impact, but certainly years after, scholars and critics are still talking about Shopping for Fangs." [6]


David Noh, writing for Film Journal, said, "Under the circumstances, the actors manage to do rather nicely."[7] Edward Guthmann, of San Francisco Chronicle, wrote, "Despite some fresh ideas, attractive actors and a sly, surprising performance by Chin as the disaffected Katherine, this is a rough first effort."[8]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD on October 6, 2009 by Pathfinder Home Entertainment.[9]



  1. ^ "Shopping For Fangs (1997)". New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gates, Anita (May 15, 1998). "Shopping for Fangs': 'A Werewolf?' Or Just a Bit Hairy". New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Holmlund, Chris (2005). Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Margins to the Mainstream. Psychology Press. p. 214. ISBN 9780415254861. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ L. Chaisson, Reba (2000). For Entertainment Purposes Only?. Lexington Books. p. 59. ISBN 9780739101568. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ DiMaggio, Paul (2010). Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the United States. Rutgers University Press. p. 131. ISBN 9780813547572. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ Yang, Chi-hui (September 18, 2012). "Cinema Asian America: Filmmaker Quentin Lee Discusses ‘Shopping For Fangs’". Xfinity. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ David, Noh (1998). "Shopping For Fangs". Film Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Edward, Guthmann (May 8, 1998). "`Shopping' Pilfers Film Styles". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Shopping For Fangs - DVD". Hit Flix. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 

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