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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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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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 »


Written by Dean Landon, Donna Pacific and Anika Peress
Published by Carbert Special Accounts
Music Provided by APM Music LLC
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Makes Me Wonder
24 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

As an Asian-American who is always dying for more representation, I was really rooting for this movie to win. I either seriously enjoyed most of the actors in other material or thought they had potential but haven't found the right vehicle yet.

That said, this movie makes me wonder what it could have been in more capable hands. If the screenwriter had a lot more craftsmanship to juggle all of the introduced ideas and actually resolved them in a very natural and realistic way that didn't seem tacked on or written by someone who cannot write fully realized characters with deep human motivation and emotion in a realistic way. If the director knew how to set up scenes and make the action go organically rather than in the very stilted manner this movie was done in.

There were also some weird issues, like how everyone sounded dubbed in this movie. That made the acting seem mechanical and fake, and did nothing to help us buy into the scenes at all. With the already lacking screenplay which doesn't properly provide any real subtext for the characters and the wooden directing of scenes already not helping our perceptions of the actors' abilities, the dubbing just made the acting seem worse than it had to be.

I could write a huge essay about all the specific plot points that were haphazardly introduced and then dropped and how the audience is supposed to simply accept certain things without actually being shown or feeling as if those things actually happened to these characters. I've done so on the message board. Instead I'll just conclude that there was an idea here with potential, but it was not realized.

I will say the best scene was when the siblings joined one of the other characters in Tai Chi. That scene seemed like it could have came from the hypothetical well-made movie I thought this movie could have been.

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