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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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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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24 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Gynaikeies ypotheseis!  »

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

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$1,186,323 (USA) (25 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 »

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Vivian Shing: [in Mandarin] Fish is good, Auntie.
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References The Last Emperor (1987) See more »

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NI SHI WO XIN ZHONG YUN YI DUO
Written by Chen Lo Jung and Chen Chih Yuan
Performed by Tsai Ching
Published by Forward Music Publishing Co. Ltd. (MÜST)
Courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan
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Beautifully done
26 January 2005 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at Sundance. Alice Wu is a first-time director, yet this is one of the best movies I have seen in some time. It is funny, yet tells a beautiful and complex story about communication, traditions and love. It did not look like a low budget independent film at all. The acting, cinematography and music were all beautifully done. One could tell this was an important story to all those involved and that they worked very hard to get it to the final product. The characters are not stereotypes but honest portrayals of Chinese Americans dealing with older traditions in modern America. We are all immigrants, we are all human and make mistakes while struggling for acceptance in society. Sometimes it is what we don't say that effects our lives most.


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