In this multi-generational drama, a Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities.

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Alan Yang

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Alan Yang

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tzi Ma ... Grover
Christine Ko ... Angela
Hong-Chi Lee ... Young Grover
Queenie Yu-Hsin Fang ... Young Yuan (as Yo-Hsing Fang)
Fiona Fu ... Zhenzhen
Joan Chen ... Yuan
Kuei-Mei Yang ... Minghua (as Yang Kuei-Mei)
James Saito ... Hank
Hayden Szeto ... Eric
Cindera Che ... Peijing
Muyi Chen ... Chih-Hao (as Mu-Yi Chen)
Zhi-Hao Yang Zhi-Hao Yang ... Child Grover
Hai-Yin Tsai Hai-Yin Tsai ... Child Yuan
Lynn Masako Cheng ... Child Angela (as Lynn Cheng)
Li Li Pang Li Li Pang ... Yunxia

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In this poignant multi-generational drama, Pin-Jui (Hong-Chi Lee) is a free-spirited yet impoverished young Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the difficult decision to leave his homeland - and the woman he loves - behind in order to seek better opportunities in America. But years of monotonous work and an arranged marriage devoid of love or compassion leave an older Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) a shadow of his former self. Unable to sympathize with his daughter Angela (Christine Ko) and at risk of living out his retirement in solitude, Pin-Jui must reconnect with his past in order to finally build the life he once dreamed of having. Written by Netflix

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Rated PG for some thematic elements, language, smoking and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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All of the flashback scenes were shot on 16mm film while all the present day scenes were shot on digital. See more »

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I'm a Taiwanese
20 April 2020 | by burritosburritosSee all my reviews

I have beared witness to my Taiwanese family and friends who also left Taiwan in the late 60's and early 70's. The emotional and financial sacrifice to forge a possibly(but not guaranteed) better future for your family in a land of a different tongue and color is tremendous. It takes a special breed of person to take upon this burden. Certainly not the type of entitled brats who so easily criticize the accents of the actors. To me, the spoken Taiwanese, the rice fields, the Taiwanese house courtyards, the nightmarkets, the obligatory piano playing are all a jumbulaya of nostalgia for me. This story rings true to me. Sorry for the rant. I'm hungry now, Wa be ki ja bung.


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10 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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