Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  2009 (Canada)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 426 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 8 critic

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



0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

Exclusive: Peace Arch to Film Tolle's 'Secret'
| The Wrap
The Naked Truth of Bai Ling
| ifc.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 388 titles
created 11 Jan 2012
a list of 1995 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
a list of 2129 titles
created 21 Jan 2013
a list of 29 titles
created 08 Apr 2013
a list of 123 titles
created 12 Apr 2013

Related Items

Search for "Dim Sum Funeral" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

Dim Sum Funeral (2008) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dim Sum Funeral.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Joe believed in right and wrong until... His job outsourced to India. His teaser rate spiked. His wife bailed. But Joe has a plan...to get it all back, and more. Joe returns home, to the ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Auster
Stars: Sam Witwer, Armand Assante, Talia Shire
Shanghai Baby (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

In rain-drenched Berlin, the passionate, life-loving young writer Coco seeks the closing chapter of her novel, which begins in the turbulent city of Shanghai at the outset of the 21st ... See full summary »

Director: Berengar Pfahl
Stars: Bai Ling, Luke Goss, Gregory Wong
The Deported (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A U.S. Italian actor is deported to Mexico by some crooked I.N.S. agents, and a pack of orphans help him find his way back to America.

Director: Lance Kawas
Stars: Nicholas Turturro, Talia Shire, Gary Valentine
Face (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.

Director: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan
Stars: Bai Ling, Kieu Chinh, Kristy Wu
The Bad Penny (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A former American boxer now exiled in Bangkok, is forced to confront his violent past after meeting a mysterious fight fan from his hometown.

Director: Todd Bellanca
Stars: Casey T. Evans, Tom Arnold, Nick Faltas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Wealthy and successful businessman Ferro Olivetti (Victor Alfieri) enjoys the privileges and perks of his social stature, but on his father's deathbed he promises to obey "his father's will... See full summary »

Director: Fred Manocherian
Stars: Victor Alfieri, Ione Skye, Gerry Bamman
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

The film portrays life of New York City's Lower East Side inhabitants. Introvert therapist Betty is befriended with Chinese immigrant Lu Lu, leftist radical Che is also Lu Lu's friend. ... See full summary »

Director: Ramin Niami
Stars: Sandra Bernhard, Ornella Muti, Robert John Burke
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A sickly Mob Don's obsession that a pizza parlor owner is his missing long lost son.

Director: Robert Rothbard
Stars: Vincent Pastore, Talia Shire, Ronnie Marmo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young Hollywood player is drawn into a remote place looking for a quick deal and instead finds a sanctuary, a community, and ultimately himself.

Director: Andrzej Krakowski
Stars: Ben Gazzara, David Moscow, Talia Shire
The Key V (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An erotic exploration of marriage and lust.

Director: Jefery Levy
Stars: David Arquette, Bai Ling, Nathan Keyes
Farm House (2008)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Farmhouse is a psychological thriller set in the modern day mid-west. We follow a young couple as they leave their everyday lives behind and head out to a new beginning; starting over from ... See full summary »

Director: George Bessudo
Stars: Jamie Anne Allman, William Lee Scott, Steven Weber
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Three generations of women (Talia Shire, Nina Siemaszko, and Colleen Dewhurst) run a failing bed and breakfast in this gentle romantic comedy. Everything changes when a charming mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Stars: Roger Moore, Talia Shire, Colleen Dewhurst


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 »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

2009 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Funeral Chinês  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Written by Dean Landon, Donna Pacific and Anika Peress
Published by Carbert Special Accounts
Music Provided by APM Music LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Dim Wits Funeral
28 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie tries desperately to be in so many other movies footsteps that it just winds up tripping all over itself. This movie is essentially The Joy Luck Club's, Ugly Twin Sister. Although the writing is bad, it's not completely a mess. I do like that it tries to show that Chinese Americans are progressive in American society, but it never departs from some serious jingoistic dialog that seems borrowed from a bag of fortune cookies. The Family is actually a bore, but the writer thinks that by making one a lesbian, and another marry a Black Man would make them more interesting. Also, having all the non-family members play completely humble, somewhat quirky, incredibly understanding, and knowledgeable to the family's "attitude" is just unbelievable. The Directing is somewhat amateurish but better than some Chinese Soap Serials. The actors are all so stiff in their performances

  • I've seen better performances with claymation. On the bright side,

Russle Wong's acting has improved just enough to be the best performance in the whole movie - that's bad.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I enjoyed this film. textumbleweed
Photo of the dragon lady ErikHai
Discuss Dim Sum Funeral (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: