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Saving Face -- When a young woman's pregnant, unmarried mother moves into her apartment, she does what any dutifulchild with an expectant widow on her hands would do: she sets her up with every bachelor in town.
Saving Face -- 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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Release Date:
24 June 2005 (USA) See more »
A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. See more »
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Funny, smart, and sexy See more (84 total) »


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Michelle Krusiec ... Wilhelmina 'Wil' Pang

Joan Chen ... Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma

Lynn Chen ... Vivian Shing
Jin Wang ... Wai Gung - Grandpa
Guang Lan Koh ... Wai Po - Grandma

Jessica Hecht ... Randi - Hospital Co-Worker

Ato Essandoh ... Jay - Neighbor

David Shih ... Norman
Brian Yang ... Little Yu
Nathanel Geng ... Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao ... Old Yu
Louyong Wong ... Dr. Shing
Clare Sum ... Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo ... Mrs. Shing

Richard Chang ... Stephen

Hoon Lee ... Raymond Wong
Ruth Zhang ... Mrs. Yao
Connie Hsia ... Mrs. Chen
Jackson Ning ... Mr. Chen
Jamie Guan ... Mr. Yao
Paul Sum ... Mr. Wong

Brittany Perrineau ... Dara
Xiaofeng Zang ... Mr. Fu
Yu Lu ... Stoic Date
Fang Yulin ... Wart Date
Pamela Payton-Wright ... Dr. Morgan

Saidah Arrika Ekulona ... Nurse #1
Twinkle Burke ... Hospital Receptionist
Tina Johnson ... Nurse #2
Phillip Meng ... Mambo Date
Chloe Tsang ... 8-Year Old Chinese Girl
Rosa Luo ... Cho Sister #1
Christy Qin ... Nurse at Clinic
Nan Meng ... Mother at Clinic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Regina Lobiondo

Danny Lee ... Park Guitar Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Alice Wu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alice Wu 

Produced by
James Lassiter .... producer
Scott Macaulay .... executive producer
Jeff Morin .... associate producer
Robin O'Hara .... executive producer
John Penotti .... executive producer
Will Smith .... producer
Bergen Swanson .... line producer
Teddy Zee .... producer
Original Music by
Anton Sanko 
Cinematography by
Harlan Bosmajian 
Film Editing by
Susan Graef 
Sabine Hoffman 
Casting by
Jaclyn Brodsky 
Heidi Griffiths 
Production Design by
Daniel Ouellette 
Set Decoration by
Mylene Santos 
Costume Design by
Jill Newell 
Makeup Department
Angela Gallagher .... key makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... key makeup artist
Joseph Whitmeyer .... hair stylist
Jeni Zaharian .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Bergen Swanson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... second assistant director
Heather Daniels .... additional second assistant director
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Lauren Guilmartin .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Frank DeCurtis Jr. .... lead man
David Ferrall .... additional set dresser
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser
Wayne Kimball .... set dresser
Edmund Levine .... assistant propmaster
Jeff Maksym .... set dresser
Colleen Nowers .... art department coordinator
Adam Roffman .... property master
Michele K. Short .... painter
Sound Department
Steve Borne .... sound
David Briggs .... foley editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Christopher Fondulas .... boom operator
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Aaron J. Rudelson .... additional location sound mixer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Noah Timan .... production sound mixer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator
Manuel Billeter .... first assistant camera
Ethan Borsuk .... camera loader
Phil Bradshaw .... grip
Michael W. Brennan .... best boy electric
Marshall Coles .... electrician
Fernando Gayesky .... assistant camera
Bart Grieb .... grip
Evin Lowe .... additional electrician
Tim Metzger .... grip
David Norris .... aerial director of photography
Jonah Oskow .... electrician
John Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Daniel Sharnoff .... camera intern
Bill Trautvetter .... camera operator
David Troutman .... dolly grip
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Rita Powers .... background casting
Sean Powers .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy R. Burt .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Steve Lemley .... color timer
Robert J. Lyons .... post-production consultant
Mike Nuget .... digital intermediate editor
Russ Senzatimore .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Alysia Oakley .... music coordinator
Jon Solomon .... assistant to music supervisor
Transportation Department
Scott Mundy .... driver
Other crew
Roni Armstrong .... craft service
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Andrew Bloomenthal .... production assistant
Ann Marie Cabri .... production assistant
Sasha Charlemagne .... assistant: producers: post production
Amyjoy Clark .... production assistant
Dan Cooley .... location scout
Raz Cunningham .... assistant to producers
Jacq Donegan .... production assistant
Scott Ferlisi .... location assistant
Jessica Fox .... production assistant
Laurie Gershon .... product placement/clearances
Dave Ginsberg .... assistant location manager
Charles Heaphy .... production financing
Michael Hekmat .... production assistant
Mariana Hellmund .... script supervisor
Aaron Hurvitz .... location scout
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Darren E. Johnson .... production assistant
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator
Douglas Matejka .... production assistant
Ana S. Pelaez .... production secretary
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development (uncredited)
Collin Smith .... location manager
Fay Smith .... assistant: Mr. Zee
Fred Wu .... production assistant
Marisa Wu .... assistant location manager
Karen Tsen Lee .... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for some sexuality and language
91 min | USA:96 min (San Francisco Asian American Film Festival) | Canada:97 min | Argentina:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:18 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:0 | Hong Kong:IIB | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:R21 (edited version) | Sweden:Btl | Taiwan:R-12 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

The picture of Vivian as a child in Dr. Shing's office is actually a photograph of Joan Chen's daughter.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma:[in Mandarin] Is that how you speak to your ma who worked nights so you could eat? Who stayed in labor without painkillers so you wouldn't turn dim-witted like your cousin Jimmy? Had I known you would grow so ungrateful I would have held you in.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) (V)See more »
LOVE TOUCHSee more »


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58 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Funny, smart, and sexy, 5 April 2005
Author: blahdeblah133 from United States

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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