Year of the Fish (2008) - Synopsis
In this modern-day adaptation of Cinderella, newcomer David Kaplan transposes the fairytale’s archetypical characters to a vibrant urban setting: a massage parlor in New York’s Chinatown specializing in ‘happy endings’. An optimistic young girl travels alone to New York City where she hopes to earn money to send home to her ailing father. Expecting work in a beauty salon, the girl is instead delivered into the hands of her father’s distant cousin, an embittered woman who runs a seedy massage parlor. The girl surrenders her passport as collateral for her ‘debt’ and is informed of her duties.