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Спасая лицо (2004)

Saving Face (original title)
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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.

Director:

Alice Wu

Writer:

Alice Wu
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 »

Genres:

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:

Спасая лицо See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,079, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,186,323, 25 September 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ma is 48 years old. When she and Wil go to the clinic, Ma's number in the waiting room is also 48. 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: One night without Chinese food isn't gonna kill her.
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Connections

Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

IRRESISTIBLE
Written by Janis Carnes, Rick Carnes and Chris Faulk
Performed by Marc Anthony Thompson
Published by Songs of Peer, Ltd. (ASCAP) and Chris Faulk Songs (ASCAP)
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Exceptionally well done movie
12 May 2005 | by yogasong44See all my reviews

While this movie has a Chinesse-American lesbian theme, it goes under the same category of "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding": you don't need to be one to REALLY, REALLY like it! The writing is extremely humorous and intelligent. It reminded me of the "Kissing Jessica Stein movie" in terms of the wit that the writer (who also happens to be the director) brings forth in the script. I was not sure what to expect from a movie that I was seeing at a film festival. I was pleasantly and extremely surprised! The actors were quite believable in their roles and did a fine job. The production quality of the movie was quite noticeable from the start of the movie and was very good and enjoyable to watch. The lead characters are likable and sweet, while not Pollyannish. The story itself is also full of scenarios that most people can relate to regardless of their sexual orientation or race. So, if you're looking for a fun time, out go see this movie and enjoy!


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