Saving Face (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  24 June 2005 (USA)
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A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jin Wang ...
Guang Lan Koh ...
Brian Yang ...
Nathanel Geng ...
Mao Zhao ...
Old Yu
Louyong Wong ...
Dr. Shing
Clare Sum ...
Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo ...
Mrs. Shing


In Manhattan, the brilliant Chinese-American lesbian surgeon Wil is surprised by the arrival of her forty-eight year old widow mother to her apartment. Ma was banished from Flushing, Queens, when her father discovered that she was pregnant. The presence of Ma affects the personal life of Wil, who is in love with the daughter of her boss at the hospital, the dancer Vivian Shing. Once her grandfather has promised that her mother would only return to Flushing remarried or proving that it was an immaculate conception, Wil tries to find a Chinese bachelor to marry Ma. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gynaikeies ypotheseis!  »

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Opening Weekend:

$99,079 (USA) (27 May 2005)


$1,186,323 (USA) (23 September 2005)

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In Wil's supper scene with her "soya" dark neighbor, her khaki t-shirt reads (backwards) "forces canadiennes", French for "Canadian Armed Forces" See more »


Wil consistently wears her hair in a tightly pulled back ponytail, but shortly after her mother moves in she goes to visit her grandfather wearing an army T shirt. While she's adjusting the TV antenna, her hair is uncharacteristically puffed up with no explanation. All scenes before and after show her hair in the tight ponytail. Quite a bit later, there is a scene where Wil's mom sends her to the beauty shop to find out gossip. It's there that Wil is wearing the same army T shirt and getting her hair rolled up in big curls - the end result of which would be puffed hair! See more »


Wil: Vivian Shing, I'm asking you to dance with me.
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References The Last Emperor (1987) See more »


Written by Marc Anthony Thompson
Performed by Marc Anthony Thompson
Published by Skillet Turtles (ASCAP)
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Honest and True to Asian American Culture
4 June 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A funny feel good Asian American lesbian romantic comedy that almost anyone can relate to.

One aspect of the film that I really enjoyed is that Wu focused on the disparity between first generation and second generation Chinese Americans. The seemingly unbreakable barriers that needs to be acknowledged, assessed, and overcome are all too familiar to me.

Being born and raised in NYC as a Chinese American, this film breaks the ice and will most likely fast forward progress and understanding for us in America. I feel we needed a movie to just come out and say it

  • to make a bold statement deeper into the true meaning of accepting

one's self. This definitely did it... perfectly too. Saving Face is wonderful and highly recommended!

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