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Saving Face (2004)

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A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Krusiec ... Wilhelmina 'Wil' Pang
Joan Chen ... Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma
Lynn Chen ... Vivian Shing
Jin Wang Jin Wang ... Wai Gung - Grandpa
Guang Lan Koh Guang Lan Koh ... Wai Po - Grandma
Jessica Hecht ... Randi - Hospital Co-Worker
Ato Essandoh ... Jay - Neighbor
David Shih ... Norman
Brian Yang ... Little Yu
Nathanel Geng Nathanel Geng ... Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao Mao Zhao ... Old Yu
Louyong Wong Louyong Wong ... Dr. Shing
Clare Sum Clare Sum ... Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo Qian Luo ... Mrs. Shing
Richard Chang ... Stephen
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Storyline

In Manhattan, the brilliant Chinese-American lesbian surgeon Wil is surprised by the arrival of her forty-eight year old widow mother to her apartment. Ma was banished from Flushing, Queens, when her father discovered that she was pregnant. The presence of Ma affects the personal life of Wil, who is in love with the daughter of her boss at the hospital, the dancer Vivian Shing. Once her grandfather has promised that her mother would only return to Flushing remarried or proving that it was an immaculate conception, Wil tries to find a Chinese bachelor to marry Ma. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It is never too late to fall in love for the first time. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Shanghainese

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gynaikeies ypotheseis! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,079, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,186,323, 25 September 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture of Vivian as a child in Dr. Shing's office is actually a photograph of Joan Chen's daughter. See more »

Goofs

Wil consistently wears her hair in a tightly pulled back ponytail, but shortly after her mother moves in she goes to visit her grandfather wearing an army T shirt. While she's adjusting the TV antenna, her hair is uncharacteristically puffed up with no explanation. All scenes before and after show her hair in the tight ponytail. Quite a bit later, there is a scene where Wil's mom sends her to the beauty shop to find out gossip. It's there that Wil is wearing the same army T shirt and getting her hair rolled up in big curls - the end result of which would be puffed hair! See more »

Quotes

Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma: [in Mandarin] Is that how you speak to your ma who worked nights so you could eat? Who stayed in labor without painkillers so you wouldn't turn dim-witted like your cousin Jimmy? Had I known you would grow so ungrateful I would have held you in.
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Connections

Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

MAR AZUL
Written by Francis Hime and João Victorio
Performed by Rosalia de Souza
Published by João Victorio Pareto Maciel and Vermelha Ed. Musicais
Administered by Nossamusica Ed. Musicais
Courtesy of Leeds Music/Avatar Records, Inc.
Under License from Schema
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Funny, smart, and sexy
5 April 2005 | by blahdeblah133See all my reviews

Saw this film in San Francisco at the Asian American film festival, where it played in the Castro Theater to a sold out crowd. I thought it was an amazing job for a first-time director. Joan Chen is her usual brilliant self, though this time she utilizes her comedic skills. The other two leads in the film, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen, are terrific too - can't wait to see more of them in the future. The music soundtrack was great also - had some great mix of stuff. It's a film you can bring your mom or your date to. Or a great film to see with the girls but this isn't just a "chick flick." I mean, who doesn't want to see a film with hot Asian lesbians having sex in it? Overall, very well done. Highly recommended.


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