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The Treatment (2001)

Gua sha (original title)
The painless bruise marks on a child from the traditional Chinese guasha/scraping treatment was mistaken by child protection services as evidence of abuse and neglect, stirring clashes and ... See full summary »

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Xiaolong Zheng
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hollis Huston Hollis Huston ... John Quinlan
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Datong Xu
Tamara Tungate Tamara Tungate ... Margaret
Wenli Jiang ... Jian Ning
Stephanie Vogt ... Mary (Reporter)
Xu Zhu ... Father
Joe Erker ... Benton Davis
Cat Dawson Cat Dawson ... Social Worker (as Cat Cacciatore)
Anthony Mullin Anthony Mullin ... Emcee of Awards Ceremony
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshelle Fair ... Jenny
Susan L. Fry Susan L. Fry ... Party Guest / Passenger waiting for plane
Mike Ketcher ... Starsky
Jo Mei ... Prostitute
Sonny Ng Sonny Ng ... Extra 5:18 mark
Dave Schuetz Dave Schuetz ... Awards Guest
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The painless bruise marks on a child from the traditional Chinese guasha/scraping treatment was mistaken by child protection services as evidence of abuse and neglect, stirring clashes and debates on cultral prejudice and false philanthropy. Written by Chang Andy Liu

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

May 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Treatment See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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(FilmAsia Festival)
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Masterpiece on Cultural misunderstandings
3 December 2003 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

Gua Sha is a treatment in traditional oriental medicine in which a wooden board repeatedly slides across the patient's acupuncture/acupressure/massage points. It works in similar principles like that of acupuncture/acupressure/massage. This method would inevitably leave bruise on the skin, and the story begins here, when the visiting grandpa who does not speak any English used this traditional practice to treat the grandson when both son and daughter-in-law were at work.

Sadly, in US, this is a story that repeats itself many times in the area where many oriental immigrants lives and all of these are due to simple misunderstanding between cultures.


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