Saving Face details
|Starring:||Jin Wang, Lynn Chen, Joan Chen, Jessica Hecht, Guang Lan Koh, Michelle Krusiec|
|Genres:||Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Romance|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Dec 2005|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Must See! Great for dates or with friends and wine.By Kearan from London , 01 Feb 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Alice Wu, a Chinese-American lesbian, directs the story of Wil, a Chinese-American lesbian surgeon who meets Vivien, a Chinese-American lesbian ballerina. Oh and the surgeon's pregnant Chinese mother moves in (who only speaks in Mandarin).
Wu's film sublimely explores the relationships between the settled Chinese-American community in Flushing Meadows, Queen, NYC, a Chinatown oasis. Wil (a lesbian surgeon) hides her sexuality from her mother, to 'save face', when suddenly her mother (who is widowed) mysteriously falls pregnant and is forced to move out of Flushing and in with her, for fear of shaming the idyllic Chinatown. Mother and daughter begin to explore their relationship, with 'Ma' soon discovering the delights of dating in Manhattan, alongside hardcore pornography.
Though this may seem like the 'nichiest' of niche comedies, the fantastic comedy and inventive satire tampers the strong themes of repression and sexuality, so you don't feel as if you're being preached to.
I don't want to give much away, but it's a shame this film didn't get a UK cinema release, as the ensemble cast work hard to deliver this balanced comedy, which is frequently hilarious. Racism, sexuality, and the idea of portraying an image to impress others are are all themes tackled here; don't let this slip you by. Plus you can't really go wrong with chinese lesbians.
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Very InterestingBy a customer , 31 Oct 2013Goof film and well directed. The storyline was serious and gave you a real sense of the how the situation is and the pressue that they are under to act in socially acceptable way.
Loved it! Good, interesting storyBy a customer , 07 Oct 2013Absolutely loved this film. Not mad keen on subtitles, but this was fine. Good acting, frequently funny and a good insight into the Chinese community/culture. I enjoyed it and suprisingly my husband did too. It was a very detailed story. Give it a go!
Fab filmBy Klaybear (1 review) , 28 May 2013We really enjoyed this. Its a funny, romantic charming film. Including complexities of coming out. Now bought it. A must see.
The subtitles mess it upBy woe (2 reviews) , 23 Nov 2011Honestly: who reads subtitles that quick? You just can't concentrate on the film that is actually quite nice and convincing. Why do they have to speak 70% of the film Chinese? If not for this nonsense I'd maybe really liked it... Pity.
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Pleasant enoughBy Underworld (157 reviews) from London , 06 Feb 2011The film was ok, had a leisurely pace and the storyline was good. However, I felt that this film lacked oomph! It didn't quite do it for me; a pleasant enough watch though for a quite, uneventful night in.