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The Farewell (2019)

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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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Awkwafina Takes Dramatic Leap in 'The Farewell'

At Sundance 2019, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina describes how her first leading role in the dramatic comedy The Farewell led to an, um, "empathy orgy" with the cast and crew.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Awkwafina ... Billi
Tzi Ma ... Haiyan
Diana Lin ... Jian
Aoi Mizuhara ... Aiko
Gil Perez-Abraham ... Tony
Shuzhen Zhao Shuzhen Zhao ... Nai Nai (as Shuzhen Zhou)
Jim Liu ... Doctor Song
Han Chen Han Chen ... Hao Hao
Ines Laimins ... Kathy
Hong Lu Hong Lu ... Little Nai Nai
Diane Dehn ... Birthday Singer
Yongbo Jiang Yongbo Jiang ... Haibin
X Mayo X Mayo ... Suz
Becca Khalil Becca Khalil ... Shirley
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on an Actual Lie

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

5 September 2019 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Farewell See more »

Filming Locations:

Changchun, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$355,662, 14 July 2019

Gross USA:

$11,331,895
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Jian: [Asking a second time] So, YuPing, are you still going to send Bao away for college?
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References Capricorn One (1977) See more »

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Shi Jie Liang Yuan
Written by Jayna Chou
Performed by Mindia Luo
Produced by Mark Byers (as Markaholic)
Courtesy of Mark Byers
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The Farewell
13 August 2019 | by Jo_Blo_Movie_CriticSee all my reviews

8/10 - Awkwafina proves she has what it takes to star in dramatic films while offering a unique and entertaining look at Chinese culture


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