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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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Wilhelmina 'Wil' Pang
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Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma
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Vivian Shing
Jin Wang ...
Wai Gung - Grandpa
Guang Lan Koh ...
Wai Po - Grandma
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Randi - Hospital Co-Worker
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Jay - Neighbor
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Norman
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Little Yu
Nathanel Geng ...
Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao ...
Old Yu
Louyong Wong ...
Dr. Shing
Clare Sum ...
Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo ...
Mrs. Shing
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Stephen
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Raymond Wong
Ruth Zhang ...
Mrs. Yao
Connie Hsia ...
Mrs. Chen
Jackson Ning ...
Mr. Chen
Jamie Guan ...
Mr. Yao
Paul Sum ...
Mr. Wong
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Dara
Xiaofeng Zang ...
Mr. Fu
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Stoic Date
Fang Yulin ...
Wart Date
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Dr. Morgan
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Nurse #1
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Hospital Receptionist
Tina Johnson ...
Nurse #2
Phillip Meng ...
Mambo Date
Chloe Tsang ...
8-Year Old Chinese Girl
Rosa Luo ...
Cho Sister #1
Christy Qin ...
Nurse at Clinic
Nan Meng ...
Mother at Clinic
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Regina Lobiondo
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Park Guitar Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alice Wu

Written by

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Alice Wu ... ()

Produced by

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James Lassiter ... producer
Scott Macaulay ... executive producer
Jeff Morin ... associate producer
Robin O'Hara ... executive producer
John Penotti ... executive producer
Will Smith ... producer
Bergen Swanson ... line producer
Teddy Zee ... producer

Music by

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Anton Sanko

Cinematography by

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Harlan Bosmajian

Film Editing by

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Susan Graef
Sabine Hoffman

Editorial Department

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Steve Lemley ... color timer
Robert J. Lyons ... post-production consultant
Mike Nuget ... digital intermediate editor
Russ Senzatimore ... assistant editor

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Jaclyn Brodsky
Heidi Griffiths

Production Design by

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Daniel Ouellette

Set Decoration by

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Mylene Santos

Costume Design by

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Jill Newell

Makeup Department

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Angela Gallagher ... key makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis ... key makeup artist
Joseph Whitmeyer ... hair stylist
Jeni Zaharian ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Bergen Swanson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mariela Comitini ... second assistant director
Heather Daniels ... additional second assistant director
Carrie Fix ... first assistant director
Lauren Guilmartin ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Frank DeCurtis Jr. ... lead man
David Ferrall ... additional set dresser
Isaac Gabaeff ... set dresser
Wayne Kimball ... set dresser
Edmund Levine ... assistant propmaster
Jeff Maksym ... set dresser
Colleen Nowers ... art department coordinator
Adam Roffman ... property master
Michele K. Short ... painter

Sound Department

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Steve Borne ... sound
David Briggs ... foley editor
Nancy Cabrera ... foley artist
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Chris Fondulas ... boom operator (as Christopher Fondulas)
Anguibe Guindo ... boom operator
Branka Mrkic ... dialogue editor
Aaron J. Rudelson ... additional location sound mixer
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer
Noah Timan ... production sound mixer

Stunts

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Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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George Bianchini ... steadicam operator
Manuel Billeter ... first assistant camera
Ethan Borsuk ... camera loader
Phil Bradshaw ... grip
Michael W. Brennan ... best boy electric
Marshall Coles ... electrician
Fernando Gayesky ... assistant camera
Bart Grieb ... grip
Evin Lowe ... additional electrician
Tim Metzger ... grip
David Norris ... aerial director of photography
Jonah Oskow ... electrician
John Schwartz ... first assistant camera
Robert Sciretta ... gaffer
Daniel Sharnoff ... camera intern
Bill Trautvetter ... camera operator
David Troutman ... dolly grip
JoJo Whilden ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Rita Powers ... background casting
Sean Powers ... background casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amy R. Burt ... assistant wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Dan Cooley ... location scout
Scott Ferlisi ... location assistant
Dave Ginsberg ... assistant location manager
Aaron Hurvitz ... location scout
Collin Smith ... location manager
Marisa Wu ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Tracy McKnight ... music supervisor
Alysia Oakley ... music coordinator
Jon Solomon ... assistant to music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Scott Mundy ... driver

Other crew

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Roni Armstrong ... craft service
Michael Barnes ... financial legal services
Andrew Bloomenthal ... production assistant
Ann Marie Cabri ... production assistant
Sasha Charlemagne ... assistant: producers: post production
Amyjoy Clark ... production assistant
Raz Cunningham ... assistant to producers
Jacq Donegan ... production assistant
Jessica Fox ... production assistant
Laurie Gershon ... product placement/clearances
Charles Heaphy ... production financing
Michael Hekmat ... production assistant
Mariana Hellmund ... script supervisor
Peter Hutchison ... production accountant
Darren E. Johnson ... production assistant
Terry Ladin ... production coordinator
Douglas Matejka ... production assistant
Ana S. Pelaez ... production secretary
Deborah Ross ... title designer
Joan Scheckel ... workshop development (uncredited)
Fay Smith ... assistant: Mr. Zee
Fred Wu ... production assistant
Karen Tsen Lee ... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Saving Face - Liebe und was noch? (Germany)
  • Salvando las apariencias (Spain)
  • Salvare la faccia (Italy)
  • Kahdet kasvot (Finland)
  • Gynaikeies ypotheseis! (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $99,079, 27 May 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia The scene in the video shop with Joan Chen features a shot of the video for The Last Emperor (1987). Chen starred in that movie. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006). See more »
Soundtracks FOREVER AND A DAY See more »
Quotes Wil: So how come we never met before now?
Vivian Shing: We did meet. Nineteen years ago. I was 8, you were 9. Outside the temple.
Wil: I don't remember.
Vivian Shing: The Wong boys were taunting me about my parents' divorce. You beat the crap out of them. You were wearing a Kristy McNichol t-shirt, tan cords and a pageboy. You spilled your mom's groceries. We scooped them into a bag.
Wil: That's right, and then...
Vivian Shing: And then I kissed you on the nose. And you ran.
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