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Pushing Hands (1991)

Tui shou (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 December 1991 (Taiwan)
All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world.

Director:

Ang Lee
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Complete credited cast:
Sihung Lung Sihung Lung ... Mr. Chu
Lai Wang ... Mrs. Chen
Bozhao Wang ... Alex Chu (as Ye-tong Wang)
Deb Snyder ... Martha Chu
Fanny De Luz Fanny De Luz ... Linda
Haan Lee Haan Lee ... Jeremy Chu
Hung-Chang Wang Hung-Chang Wang ... Boss Huang
Jeanne Kuo Chang Jeanne Kuo Chang ... New Cooking Teacher
James Lou James Lou ... Mr. Chao
B.C. Lee B.C. Lee ... Waiter Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chit-Man Chan ... Chef Tsien
Victor Chan Victor Chan ... Gangster
Bin Chao Bin Chao ... Waiter Wong
Audrey Haight Audrey Haight ... Anchorwoman
Jackson King Jackson King ... Gangster
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Master Chu, a retired Chinese Tai-Chi master, moves to Westchester, New York to live with his son Alex, his American daughter-in-law Martha, and their son Jeremy. However, Martha's second novel is suffering from severe writers' block brought on by Chu's presence in the house. Alex must struggle to keep his family together as he battles an inner conflict between cultural tradition and his modern American lifestlye. Written by Kathy Li

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Better than the Joy Luck Club
19 February 2001 | by MatadorSee all my reviews

Pushing Hands is Ang Lee's beautiful film about an elderly Chinese man transplanted into his son's American home. While most films about this subject, which for some reason critics like to call "East meets West", hyperbolize the struggles that immigrant Chinese must face, Pushing Hands tends to focus on minutia instead. For example, the elderly grandfather does not know that tin foil cannot be put into the microwave, which leads to a scolding by his caucasian daughter-in-law. All the conflict in the film is grounded in the real world, as opposed to some very abstract 'generational conflict'. Because of this I found this film to be much more rewarding than most other films about Asian-Americans. A must-see for Chinese-Americans and Caucasians alike. Personally, I'd like to watch it with my Chinese grandparents.

Listen for James Schamus's cameo as the voice on the answering machine at the beginning of the film.


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Country:

Taiwan | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

7 December 1991 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

推手 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,567, 4 June 1995

Gross USA:

$152,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,322
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1.85 : 1
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