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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:
... Wilhelmina 'Wil' Pang
... Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma
... Vivian Shing
Jin Wang ... Wai Gung - Grandpa
Guang Lan Koh ... Wai Po - Grandma
... Randi - Hospital Co-Worker
... Jay - Neighbor
... Norman
... Little Yu
Nathanel Geng ... Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao ... Old Yu
Louyong Wong ... Dr. Shing
Clare Sum ... Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo ... Mrs. Shing
... 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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A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. See more »

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

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24 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gynaikeies ypotheseis!  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$99,079, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,186,323, 25 September 2005
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In Wil's supper scene with her "soya" dark neighbor, her khaki t-shirt reads (backwards) "forces canadiennes", French for "Canadian Armed Forces" 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

Wil: You don't have to talk so loud. And leave your shoes by the door.
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References The Last Emperor (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

IRRESISTIBLE
Written by Janis Carnes, Rick Carnes and Chris Faulk
Performed by Marc Anthony Thompson
Published by Songs of Peer, Ltd. (ASCAP) and Chris Faulk Songs (ASCAP)
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A very enjoyable and very different Movie
17 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is much more than the elements of its plot. Just as "The Piña Colada Song" is not really about drinking, "Saving Face" is not really about Asian lesbians who occasionally speak Chinese.

It's too bad that I don't have the skill to describe the pleasure of seeing "Saving Face". It's something like the experience of looking into the fire in the fireplace on a cold evening. But it is more like doing that along with someone special while listening to a sultry version of "Someone To Watch Over Me"; just completely different though.

See it! When I saw this motion picture with the "Movies 101" group in NYC, it was plain from the audience reaction that lots of people adored it with me.


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