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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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Alice Wu

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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

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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:

$75,104, 29 May 2005

Gross USA:

$1,187,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,236,518
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Wu: The flight announcer's voice in the airport scene and the woman eating an apple on the bus. 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: I'll definitely be there tonight.
Vivian Shing: "Definitely" definitely, or "definitely" maybe? You know, my friends are starting to think you don't exist.
Wil: Trust me. I'll definitely, definitely be there.
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Connections

Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

INCENSE ANTHEM 'CHICH TING'
Lyric: Texts from Buddhist Sutra
Melody by Dai Wei-shiung
Performed by Venerables of Fo Guang Shan
Copyright of Record by Voice of the Ganges Records Co., Ltd.
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A very enjoyable and very different Movie
17 April 2005 | by dsa-12See 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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