Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. The magnificent ... See full summary »
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Sam Wong, the owner of a Chinese restaurant in London's Chinatown, dies in a phone booth. As a favor to her uncle, a young law student, Elaine Choy, agrees to probate Sam's will, but finds that the task is less than trivial. Sam's wife, daughter, son-in-law, cook, and two sons disagree on who should have which parts of the business. And two other beneficiaries remain frustratingly elusive. But in the search, Elaine and Sam's younger son, Mike, a restaurant owner himself, realize that they're not only exploring Sam Wong's life, but also their own cultural identities as both English and Chinese. Written by
...and before someone else makes a detailed political statement about PING PONG, let me say that I'm not a valid Bravo fan. Granted, it's very entertaining with some delightfully humorous surprises as well as an interesting story. It's something that Hollywood critics would expect from the genre. Others, including myself, would find this pretty boring. Thankfully, a few nice touches including the "Woman Warrior" thing and the tall tower of glasses being poured with wine add greater interest. It gets a little slow towards the end, but tends to build back up later on. You can suspect how good an independent foreign movie is, and there's one way how. When there's a restaurant scene that has somebody filling spoonfuls of sugar into a cup of tea, it's a GOOD movie!
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