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Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 2009 (Canada)
A story about a group of estranged Chinese-American siblings who reunite after the death of their mother.

Director:

Anna Chi

Writer:

Donald Martin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bai Ling ... Dede
Steph Song ... Meimei
Talia Shire ... Viola
Russell Wong ... Alexander
Kelly Hu ... Cindy
Julia Nickson ... Elizabeth
Lisa Lu ... Mrs Xiao
Françoise Yip ... Victoria
Tseng Chang ... Chow Lin
Adrian Hough ... Michael
Valerie Tian ... Emily
Isaah Brown Isaah Brown ... Jason
Curtis Lum ... Bruce
Lili Lau Lili Lau ... Diva
Donald Fong Donald Fong ... Mr Wang
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Storyline

Adult Chinese-American siblings Alexander, Liz, Victoria and Meimei reluctantly converge on their hometown of Seattle after their mother, Linda Xiao, passes away from her bout with cancer, about which they didn't even know until after her passing. "Reluctant" as they all disliked their mother - who they called the "Dragon Lady" as she showed them little love while she was alive and who pitted each against the others as they grew up - and have been estranged from each other because of it. Despite each having successful professional lives - Alexander being a cosmetic surgeon, Liz a magazine columnist, Victoria a real estate agent, and Meimei an actress in Chinese ninja movies - each sibling carries personal baggage, much associated with their mother's ways. Married Alexander, much like his now deceased father before him, has a mistress on the side, about which his ex-beauty pageant queen wife Cindy knows. Liz's son Sam passed away, the stress and grief from which led to her breaking-up ... Written by Huggo

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The Xiao family is about to have the mother of all funerals

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Dim Sum" , one translation is 'Finger Food' See more »

Connections

Follows Xiao zi xian sun ci hou zhe (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet & Happy
Written by Zhuiang Nu
Courtesy of CRC Jianian Inc.
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This is a great movie.
13 September 2010 | by whall005See all my reviews

First of all, let me begin by saying that I am appalled by critic reviews of this movie. Describing the film as 'predictable' and involving a 'typical Chinese-American family' is an insult to the cast and crew. There is nothing typical about this Chinese-American family. Seeing as how many film critics are introverted white Americans, it is easy for them to forget that these people have very different values than other Americans. To be able to critique this movie fairly, you must know a good deal about Asian culture on the whole. The 'predictable' twists that occur may be typical of your average American family--but in Asian families, it is more of a rarity.

Needless to say, I was quite surprised at some of the revelations the children had about their deceased mother, especially considering the fact she was born and raised in China. These revelations give a more human feel to the rigid culture of the Chinese, and give the movie substance.

Asian intolerance of infidelity, interracial marriage, and homosexuality is also explored in depth. This part of the movie personifies the characters before they even speak more than a few lines, and helps humanize the 'Dragon Lady' over the course of the movie. There is much more that I could say about this movie, but I believe I've said enough to offer a conclusion: As Americans, we don't generally put much thought into ideas like homosexuality, interracial marriage, and infidelity. Its all around us--and we become numb to it. But these ideas can become catalysts for mayhem in Asian families, where such ideas are shunned or outright forbidden. Understanding this fact will help you understand--and enjoy--the movie.


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Also Known As:

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