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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

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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
Shuzhen Zhao Shuzhen Zhao ... Nai Nai (as Shuzhen Zhou)
Gil Perez-Abraham ... Tony
Jim Liu ... Doctor Song
Han Chen Han Chen ... Hao Hao
Diane Dehn ... Birthday Singer
Ines Laimins ... Kathy
Yongbo Jiang Yongbo Jiang ... Haibin
Hong Lu Hong Lu ... Little Nai Nai
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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

5 September 2019 (Australia) 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:

$13,200,452
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A July 2019 Eric Kohn article on Indiewire said that when this movie opened in limited release on July 12, it "beat out Avengers: Endgame (2019) for the year's biggest per-theater average." See more »

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Jian: I know it was hard. It was hard for us too.
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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)
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21 July 2019 | by nyccentsSee all my reviews

The good news is this is character-driven movie that gives one a sense of a displaced millennial, displaced in many senses of the word. It is informative from a cultural point of view, and the slow pace is both artistic but at times, given our addiction to fast-pacing, annoying. Long camera shots, scenes that last slightly longer than you expect. And yet that all contributes to the credibility of the overall plot. There are nuances in relationships among the characters that are lovely --the two brothers for example. The mother-daughter.

The bad news is this is not great cinematography nor enough humor. Awkwafina delivers a good dramatic persona, but not any lightness. Hard to imagine her as a comedian elsewhere. The plot is a bit overworked and some holes.

Conclusion: interesting insights and worth seeing, just don't believe all the hype before you go. It does give an alternate view of life in China than the glitz one usually sees in the news and travel photos.


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