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The Farewell (2019)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

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Lulu Wang

Writer:

Lulu Wang
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shuzhen Zhao ... Nai Nai (as Zhao Shuzhen)
Awkwafina ... Billi
X Mayo ... Suze
Hong Lu Hong Lu ... Little Nai Nai (as Lu Hong)
Hong Lin Hong Lin ... Doctor Wu (as Lin Hong)
Tzi Ma ... Haiyan
Diana Lin ... Lu Jian
Yang Xuejian Yang Xuejian ... Mr. Li
Becca Khalil Becca Khalil ... Shirley
Yongbo Jiang Yongbo Jiang ... Uncle Haibin (as Jiang Yongbo)
Han Chen Han Chen ... Hao Hao (as Chen Han)
Aoi Mizuhara ... Aiko
Xiang Li ... Aunty Ling (as Li Xiang)
Hongli Liu Hongli Liu ... Aunty Gao (as Liu Hongli)
Shimin Zhang Shimin Zhang ... Michael (as Zhang Shiming)
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Storyline

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

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Based on an Actual Lie

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Changchun, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$355,662, 14 July 2019

Gross USA:

$17,228,887

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,911,222
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The premise of this movie is based on a true story from Lulu Wang's real life: as the family in the film does, her family really did lie to Wang's grandmother about the grandmother's terminal cancer diagnosis in an attempt to prolong her life. The element of the story in which they use a family wedding as an excuse for everyone to come and visit the grandmother because she is dying was also based in fact. Wang had a great deal of trouble finding financiers to back the filming. American producers objected to the all-Asian cast and insisted that she needed to add prominent white characters. Chinese financiers thought the story was too American, and they also insisted on adding white characters. So in another attempt to draw attention to the project, Wang adapted the story into a segment of the April 22, 2016, episode of the public radio storytelling program "This American Life," which did result in Chris Weitz coming on as a producer and procuring other financing. See more »

Quotes

Billi: Okay, when were you guys going to tell me this? How could you let me find out like this?
Jian: How should I have told you? "Oh, your grandma's on the roof".
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Senza Di Te (Without You)
Written by Tom Evans (as Thomas Evans) & Pete Ham (as Peter Ham)
Performed by Fredo Viola
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Family Is Where The Heart Is
18 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Shuzhen Zhao's hospital report says she has terminal cancer. She has perhaps four months to live. They don't tell her. Instead, the family rushes the marriage of Awkafina's cousin so that they can gather with one one last time, without letting her know anything is wrong.

It's been many years since a good friend insisted I look at Ang Lee's THE WEDDING BANQUET and EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN one after the other. When they were done, he said "Well?" and I said "They're so Jewish!" With his comedies of manners about an emigrant culture that sustains itself willy-nilly, rejected by and rejecting the mainstream, both groups are similar in their reliance on family and the dinner table as a means of staying together. Writer-director Lulu Wang's movie is of a piece with these two, with some very entertaining performances, and insight into what family means to people who are forced to be apart.


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