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The Farewell (2019)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

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Lulu Wang

Writer:

Lulu Wang
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shuzhen Zhao ... Nai Nai
Awkwafina ... Billi
X Mayo ... Suze
Hong Lu Hong Lu ... Little Nai Nai (as Lu Hong)
Hong Lin Hong Lin ... Doctor Wu (as Lin Hong)
Tzi Ma ... Haiyan
Diana Lin ... Lu Jian
Yang Xuejian Yang Xuejian ... Mr. Li
Becca Khalil ... Shirley
Yongbo Jiang Yongbo Jiang ... Uncle Haibin (as Jiang Yongbo)
Han Chen Han Chen ... Hao Hao (as Chen Han)
Aoi Mizuhara ... Aiko
Xiang Li ... Aunty Ling (as Li Xiang)
Hongli Liu Hongli Liu ... Aunty Gao (as Liu Hongli)
Shimin Zhang Shimin Zhang ... Michael (as Zhang Shiming)
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Storyline

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

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cemetery | doctor | grief | lie | secret | See All (296) »

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Based on an Actual Lie

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The family dog's name is Ellen. In Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Awkwafina's character is called Asian Ellen. See more »

Quotes

Billi: You know, one of the few good memories of my childhood were those summers at Nai Nais's. They had that garden, Ye Ye and I would catch dragonflies. And then we just moved to the States. Everything was different. Everyone was gone. And it was just the three of us.
Jian: I know it was hard. It was hard for us too.
Billi: I wanted to believe that it was a good thing, but all I saw was fear in your eyes. And I was confused and scared constantly because you never told me what was going on. And then Ye Ye died. You...
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Featured in 2020 Golden Globe Awards (2020) See more »

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Killing Me Softly with His Song
Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
Courtesy of Stingray Karaoke c/o Covered Records, Inc.
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A MASTERPIECE OF A LIE
5 January 2020 | by RinoBortone91See all my reviews

It is useless for people to be so picky about the fact that the film does not transmit the long-awaited emotions. The title of the film in in the italian version is flanked by the phrase "a lie for good" and everything is explained in this sentence. Lulu Wang's work revolves around a lie and the psychological consequences of the characters and their first characterization followed by a second and final one that the lie itself causes. Everything is directed with simplicity and skill, capturing the nuances of a well-rooted culture in a casual chinese family where there is also the theme of immigration and their values absorbed and merged by other cultures. The film succeeds in this message, manages to convey emotions and fictitiously by its own representation of the farewell. A masterpiece of a lie.


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Country:

USA | China

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Changchun, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$355,662, 14 July 2019

Gross USA:

$17,695,781

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,671,661
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2.35 : 1
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