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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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Little Yu
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Stimson Cho
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Old Yu
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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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A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. 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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$99,079 (USA) (27 May 2005)

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$1,186,323 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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The scene in the video shop with Joan Chen features a shot of the video for The Last Emperor (1987). Chen starred in that movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: So, when are you gonna have a baby?
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References The Joy Luck Club (1993) 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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Two women fall in love. They have to deal with cultural and family and professional issues.
18 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This first time director/author has made a movie that will have universal appeal. Although the main part of the plot centers on two Chinese women who are successful professionals and are love with each other, the movie is not "about" Chinese people or "about" lesbians. The story concerns how two interesting people deal with cultural taboos, with their places in the culture and in their families, and with the demands of their respective careers (surgeon and ballerina). But, even with this serious backdrop, the story is told with humor; there are more laughs and smiles than tears. When you see the movie, note how beautifully the romance between these protagonists develops.

It's likely that this movie will have limited distribution, at least at the the beginning. Look for it. You will be glad you did.


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