Golden Delicious is a fresh and engaging coming-of-age story about an Asian-Canadian teenager who is torn between his girlfriend’s dreams of their future and his father’s ambition, all the while struggling with finding himself and following his own desires. In his first feature, director Jason Karman vividly brings to life the joys and complications of a young man who suddenly discovers feelings for the boy next door. Locally shot and set in East Vancouver, this film is a rare and important entry in a genre that has been traditionally represented by white, heterosexual, and mainstream narratives.
Wonderfully acted by an ensemble cast, and led by Cardi Wong in a charming, complex, and at times heartbreaking performance. Entertaining, sensitive, and ultimately feel-good, Golden Delicious is a sumptuous and culturally specific story set in the age of social media. It is meant to be told and seen. A winner of the 2022 Frameline Completion Fund.
September 15: Q&A with director Jason Karman
Warm and engaging, this Canadian comedy-drama uses sympathetic characters to explore big issues relating to family and societal expectations. Asian ethnicity and queer sexuality play a role in the various story threads… Throughout the film, director Jason Karman maintains a wonderfully light touch, and the gifted, fresh-faced cast members are easy to root for. Entertaining and moving.
Rich Cline, Shadows on a Wall
Golden Delicious stands out as one of the most impressive LGBTQ+ themed films of the year to date, and it will appeal to viewers far beyond that niche audience. Catch it if you can.
Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film