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Saving Face (2004)

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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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Wai Po - Grandma
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Brian Yang ...
Little Yu
Nathanel Geng ...
Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao ...
Old Yu
Louyong Wong ...
Dr. Shing
Clare Sum ...
Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo ...
Mrs. Shing
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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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It is never too late to fall in love for the first time. See more »

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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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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

Wil: Vivian Shing, I'm asking you to dance with me.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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INCENSE ANTHEM 'CHICH TING'
Lyric: Texts from Buddhist Sutra
Melody by Dai Wei-shiung
Performed by Venerables of Fo Guang Shan
Copyright of Record by Voice of the Ganges Records Co., Ltd.
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A decent movie for a long time
31 May 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few great films I have watched in a long time. As an Asian-American film, the characters do not play or have any stereotypical roles like many Asian portrayal in the media. Instead, it deals with family and relationship issues that we can somewhat relate to, dealing with cultural barriers and contemporary differences.

I really enjoyed the film especially the daughter-mother relationship along with the grandmother. The way they interact with each other is sometimes a comedy that we would laugh about but realistically won't if we were in their situation. I also find the Chinese translation of the title appropriate as well considering there is no better way that I can translate the Chinese words in English.

Pretty much the movie displays what some (chinese) people go through in the American society (new york city) in the 21st century and the family issues that comes with it. I didn't really like the ending as much so I took out 1 star. Hopefully, the movie industry can produce more movies like this ... possibly focusing this time more on a male character.


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