Michael Kang / USA / 2011 / 77 min / English / color / digital / North American Premiere


In the kooky romantic comedy KNOTS, matriarch Miriam (Illeana Douglas) is three times divorced, with one daughter born from each husband. What ensues is a recipe for comical family strife as the daughters finally reach the breaking point of addressing feelings repressed thanks to mom’s poor choices in men.

When eldest daughter Lily (Kimberly Rose-Wolter) rejects her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, she decides to return home to Hawaii for family support. It turns out the family is having wedding troubles of their own. Their wedding planning business is being run into the ground by Lily’s two half-sisters Twinny (Mia Riverton) and Hoku (Janel Parrish), and it’s left to Lily to get things on the right track. If things couldn’t get worse, Lily’s ex-boyfriend Kai (Sung Kang) enters the picture, as does a surprise reveal that makes reconciliation no easy matter.

With KNOTS, director Michael Kang (The Motel, SDAFF ’05; West 32nd, SDAFF ’07) vibrantly interweaves multiple storylines together in a brisk, delightful 77 minutes. As the title KNOTS implies, no family is too non-traditional, no relationship too unexpected, for the ties that bind. –Eric Lallana

Co-presented by: San Diego State University,, Asian Real Estate Association of America, KoreAm Magazine


  • Director: Michael Kang
  • Writer: Kimberly Rose-Wolter
  • Cast: Kimberly Rose-Wolter, Sung Kang, Illeana Douglas, Mia Riverton


October 21, 2011 6:30 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas