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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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Alexander
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Cindy
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Elizabeth
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Mrs Xiao
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Chow Lin
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Funeral Chinês  »

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Connections

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

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Sweet & Happy
Written by Zhuiang Nu
Courtesy of CRC Jianian Inc.
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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.


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