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9 August 1985 (USA) See more »
In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart is Wayne Wang's slice of life of Chinese widow and her American-raised grown daughter See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)
Laureen Chew ... Geraldine Tam
Kim Chew ... Mrs. Tam

Victor Wong ... Uncle Tam
Ida F.O. Chung ... Auntie May
Cora Miao ... Julia
John Nishio ... Richard

Amy Hill ... Amy Tam
Keith Choy ... Kevin Tam
Mary Chew ... Old m.j. player
Nora Lee ... Old m.j. player

Joan Chen ... Young m.j. player
Rita Yee ... Young m.j. player
George Woo ... Bar patron
Elsa Cruz Pearson ... Eliza
Helen Chew ... Linda Tam
Jarrett Chew ... Baby Tam

Directed by
Wayne Wang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terrel Seltzer 

Produced by
Emily Leung .... associate producer
Tom Sternberg .... producer
Vincent Tai .... executive producer
Wayne Wang .... producer
Danny Yung .... producer
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
Cinematography by
Michael Chin 
Film Editing by
Ralph Wikke 
Art Direction by
Danny Yung 
Set Decoration by
Lydia Tanji 
Costume Design by
Lydia Tanji 
Makeup Department
Rexall Chinn .... hair stylist
Lisa Jear .... makeup artist: additional shooting
Production Management
Emily Leung .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Lee .... assistant director
Christopher P. Lee .... assistant director
Art Department
Gerald K. Lee .... art director: additional shooting
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound designer
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recording
C.J. Appel .... adr consultant
Sara Chin .... sound recordist: additional shooting
Curtis Choy .... production sound mixer
David DeCoteau .... sound effects editor (as Richard Chasen)
Luther Greene .... additional sound mixer
Will Harvey .... re-recording mixer
George Leong .... boom operator
Darrell Lew .... assistant sound editor
Larry Oatfield .... adr recordist
Larry Oatfield .... re-recording mixer
Claire Sanfilippo .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Charlie Kirby .... MTI artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Siri Aarons .... grip: additional shooting
Steven Brudnick .... grip
Michael Chin .... camera operator: additional shooting
Doug Dunderdale .... best boy: additional shooting
John Esaki .... first assistant camera
Barbara Kloeppel .... grip: additional shooting
Nancy Morita .... camera loader: additional shooting
Spencer Nakasako .... second assistant camera
Emiko Omori .... director of photography: additional shooting
Patrick Shellenberger .... gaffer: additional shooting
Jani Vournas .... gaffer
Jani Vournas .... key grip
Nancy Wong .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Martha Goode .... assistant editor: additional shooting
Yoshio Kishi .... editor: additional shooting
Chris Lee .... assistant editor
Christopher P. Lee .... assistant editor
David Lindblom .... additional editor
David Lindblom .... associate editor
Stephen Stept .... editor: additional shooting
Tim Sternberg .... assistant editor
Lambert Yam .... negative cutter
Ruby Yang .... first assistant editor/editing dialog translator
Music Department
Todd Boekelheide .... musician: synthesizers and saxophones
Gary Clayton .... music mixer
Gary Clayton .... music re-recordist
Bill Douglass .... musician: ti-tse and string bass
Weishan Liu .... musician: zheng
Other crew
Dennis Dun .... production assistant: additional shooting
Sam Hollis .... title designer
Ken Nakagawa .... production assistant
Terrel Seltzer .... script supervisor
Thomas W. Small .... production assistant
Evelyn Jung Wong .... production office coordinator/bookkeeper
Takeshi Yamamoto .... propmaster: additional shooting

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Additional Details

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG (cable rating)

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Mark Dacascos filmed a scene with Joan Chen but the scene was deleted.See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart is Wayne Wang's slice of life of Chinese widow and her American-raised grown daughter, 11 August 2007
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart is basically the touching story of a Chinese immigrant widow who becomes sad because she's told by a fortune teller that she would soon die, so she constantly reminds her last single daughter to marry and resolves to visit her homeland one last time. Kim Chew is the widow and her real-life daughter Laureen is the one who feels pressured to tie the knot. They both give good, wonderfully nuanced performances along with Victor Wong as the uncle who wants to marry Kim. Look for Amy Hill, who I remember as the Grandma in "All-American Girl", as one of the other married daughters and Joan Chen as one of the young mah-jong players. Director Wayne Wang provides exquisite Chinese-American atmosphere in the Chinatown setting of California. Plenty of subtle humorous touches throughout. Nothing more to say except if you want to experience the Chinese-American way of life on film, Dim Sum is as good a place to start as any.

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