A story about a group of estranged Chinese-American siblings who reunite after the death of their mother.

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Cast

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Dede
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Viola
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Alexander
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Cindy
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Elizabeth
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Mrs Xiao
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Victoria
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Chow Lin
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Michael
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Emily
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Jason
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Bruce
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Diva
Donald Fong ...
Mr Wang
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Storyline

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

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

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

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2009 (Canada)  »

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Funeral Chinês  »

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

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Flowing
Written and Performed by Sean X. Luo
Courtesy of Sean X. Luo
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Monk Spunk?
9 December 2010 | by (Worcester, UK) – See all my reviews

It's rare for me to post anything about a bad movie, particularly one I've not even finished watching yet, but my gods this is a dreadful flick. Self-righteous, preachy, maudlin, clichéd and simply embarrassing rip-off of the much superior Joy Luck Club. I'm just waiting for someone to cry out in anguish "Mom loved you best!" Not sure how long I can actually keep my dinner down for...

"Tradition. It's important" "Yes. It is."

I approached this film thinking there might be some interesting ethnographic material about ethnic Chinese funeral customs, but when one of the daughters who is lesbian, approached one of the officiating monks about being a sperm donor so she and her partner can conceive, and then he produces a turkey baster filled with 'monk spunk' and the realization he is not cut out to be a monk...

And the final plot twist of the film ... why? At what point did a grown person think, "hey- this is a good idea".

Truly a remarkable entry in the slop bucket of contemporary cinema.


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