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

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9 September 2005 (Turkey)  »

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Gynaikeies ypotheseis!  »

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

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$1,186,323 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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Ma is 48 years old. When she and Wil go to the clinic, Ma's number in the waiting room is also 48. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Vivian Shing: What do you fucking care what kind of dancing I do?
Wil: Punish me by leaving me behind. Don't punish yourself by treating your dreams like they are for shit.
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References The Last Emperor (1987) See more »

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LOVE IS STRANGE
Written by Sylvia Robinson, Ellas McDaniels and Mickey Baker
Performed by Leona Naess
Published by Ben-Ghazi Enterprises Inc. (BMI) and Twenty Nine Black Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Messy Naess
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Funny, smart, and sexy
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this film in San Francisco at the Asian American film festival, where it played in the Castro Theater to a sold out crowd. I thought it was an amazing job for a first-time director. Joan Chen is her usual brilliant self, though this time she utilizes her comedic skills. The other two leads in the film, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen, are terrific too - can't wait to see more of them in the future. The music soundtrack was great also - had some great mix of stuff. It's a film you can bring your mom or your date to. Or a great film to see with the girls but this isn't just a "chick flick." I mean, who doesn't want to see a film with hot Asian lesbians having sex in it? Overall, very well done. Highly recommended.


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