Saving Face (2005)

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running Time:  91 min.
Release Date: July 1, 2005 (limited)
DVD: October 18, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 4.52
based on 129 votes and 19 reviews
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Cast: Michelle Krusiec, Joan Chen, Lynn Chen


For 28-year-old New Yorker Wilhelmina "Wil" Pang (Michelle Krusiec), life is a juggling act between a promising career as a surgeon and her responsibilities as a dutiful daughter. Like the #7 train she takes to visit her Chinese family on a weekly basis, Wil is perpetually in transit between two worlds. The expectations of the Flushing, Queens society she is from and the desires that alienate her from it have made Wil content to live below the surface -- even if it means playing an inadvertent game of charades with her widowed mother (Joan Chen) and the old world Ma represents. The masquerade is comic even in its pain as Wil tolerates Ma's weekly set ups with eligible Chinese-American boys at the Friday Chinese socials; but it quickly becomes a farce when Ma's mask cracks first.

One night, Wil comes home to find Ma on her doorstep -- pregnant. Disgraced by the Chinese community, and with nowhere else to go, Ma moves in with her daughter, making it difficult for Wil to nurture a budding relationship with gorgeous dancer Vivian (Lynn Chen). As her carefully compartmentalized worlds collide, Wil is forced to find her mother a husband, placate her girlfriend, and choose between breaking a cycle of keeping up appearances, or risk losing the girl she loves.

Director: Alice Wu
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Will Smith, James Lassiter, Teddy Zee
Screenplay: Alice Wu
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  • 5 stars "I love this movie. It it really nice. Thanks so much Alice Wu, Michell Kruseic and Lynn Chen."