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Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 2009 (Canada)
A story about a group of estranged Chinese-American siblings who reunite after the death of their mother.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs Xiao
Chow Lin
Isaah Brown ...
Lili Lau ...
Donald Fong ...
Mr Wang


Adult Chinese-American siblings Alexander, Liz, Victoria and Meimei reluctantly converge on their hometown of Seattle after their mother, Linda Xiao, passes away from her bout with cancer, about which they didn't even know until after her passing. "Reluctant" as they all disliked their mother - who they called the "Dragon Lady" as she showed them little love while she was alive and who pitted each against the others as they grew up - and have been estranged from each other because of it. Despite each having successful professional lives - Alexander being a cosmetic surgeon, Liz a magazine columnist, Victoria a real estate agent, and Meimei an actress in Chinese ninja movies - each sibling carries personal baggage, much associated with their mother's ways. Married Alexander, much like his now deceased father before him, has a mistress on the side, about which his ex-beauty pageant queen wife Cindy knows. Liz's son Sam passed away, the stress and grief from which led to her breaking-up ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Xiao family is about to have the mother of all funerals


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2009 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Funeral Chinês  »

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Dim Sum" , one translation is 'Finger Food' See more »


Follows Xiao zi xian sun ci hou zhe (1993) See more »


Sweet & Happy
Written by Zhuiang Nu
Courtesy of CRC Jianian Inc.
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Pretty good actually
12 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i came into this movie not really expecting much probably because I've seen a lot of Asian American films that ended up disappointing. that wasn't to be the case this time. dim sum funeral has a lot of stuff going for it. i found the family interactions pretty believable and universal (im Chinese American btw), the story had many plot lines and while yes, it could get somewhat episodic, there are actually many Hollywood movies that fall into this structure too and that's the nature of life, isn't it? throughout the movie, i was pretty entertained and didn't look at the time and felt myself caring for the characters which is the greatest compliment one can pay a story. i also absolutely loved the music. the simple piano music really reminded me of the east Asian aesthetic in films and the film became "more Asian" as a result. also, it gave the movie a ethereal and fleeting quality perfect for a movie about death and life. and i don't know how they got her but talia shire is wonderful in the film. it's really great to see her back and it was fun looking to see if the actors would be intimidated by her stature which they weren't. really, all the main characters and even bai ling which i normally cant stand do quite admirably.

all in all, dim sum funeral was a very nice, elegant and heartfelt surprise and i recommend it. 8 out of 10.

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