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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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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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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The picture of Vivian as a child in Dr. Shing's office is actually a photograph of Joan Chen's daughter. 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 »


Stimson Cho: [in Mandarin] Younger people. Today they love you. Tomorrow
[In English]
Stimson Cho: who knows?
[in Mandarin]
Stimson Cho: It's better to stick with someone who can really understand you.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Written by Bill Gordon
Published by First Digital Music (BMI) and Two Music Library (BMI)
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, a division of Zomba Music Enterprises
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A Wonderful, Funny, Heartfelt Movie
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw a list and short synopses of the screenplays accepted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. In short the overall subject matter seemed to be death, doom and depression, i.e. serious subjects for serious films. I am sure that many good and possibly some great scripts and films will come out of the program.

Comedy is hard. Really hard. Okay, I'm willing to concede that teenage gross out bathroom humor movies probably aren't too difficult, and don't get me wrong I enjoy a good gastro-intestinal joke as much as the next person, but a movie that makes you laugh (a lot), touches your heart and just plain makes you feel good... well I think that is something quite rare -- especially these days.

Saving Face is one of the funniest, warmest, most heartfelt movies I have seen in a long, long time. Its a smart, insightful movie for adults. And like any really really good romantic comedy it is about much more than what is on the surface. I really don't care that it is Alice Wu's first film (although that makes her accomplishment all the more extraordinary) -- all I care about is that it isn't her last.

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