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A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

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Alice Wu

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Alice Wu
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Krusiec ... Wilhelmina 'Wil' Pang
Joan Chen ... Hwei-Lan Gao - Ma
Lynn Chen ... Vivian Shing
Jin Wang Jin Wang ... Wai Gung - Grandpa
Guang Lan Koh Guang Lan Koh ... Wai Po - Grandma
Jessica Hecht ... Randi - Hospital Co-Worker
Ato Essandoh ... Jay - Neighbor
David Shih ... Norman
Brian Yang ... Little Yu
Nathanel Geng Nathanel Geng ... Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao Mao Zhao ... Old Yu
Louyong Wong Louyong Wong ... Dr. Shing
Clare Sum Clare Sum ... Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo Qian Luo ... Mrs. Shing
Richard Chang ... Stephen
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Storyline

In Manhattan, the brilliant Chinese-American lesbian surgeon Wil is surprised by the arrival of her forty-eight year old widow mother to her apartment. Ma was banished from Flushing, Queens, when her father discovered that she was pregnant. The presence of Ma affects the personal life of Wil, who is in love with the daughter of her boss at the hospital, the dancer Vivian Shing. Once her grandfather has promised that her mother would only return to Flushing remarried or proving that it was an immaculate conception, Wil tries to find a Chinese bachelor to marry Ma. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A romantic comedy about right, wrong and everything in between. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Shanghainese

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gynaikeies ypotheseis! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,104, 29 May 2005

Gross USA:

$1,187,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,236,518
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Wu: The flight announcer's voice in the airport scene and the woman eating an apple on the bus. See more »

Goofs

Wil consistently wears her hair in a tightly pulled back ponytail, but shortly after her mother moves in she goes to visit her grandfather wearing an army T shirt. While she's adjusting the TV antenna, her hair is uncharacteristically puffed up with no explanation. All scenes before and after show her hair in the tight ponytail. Quite a bit later, there is a scene where Wil's mom sends her to the beauty shop to find out gossip. It's there that Wil is wearing the same army T shirt and getting her hair rolled up in big curls - the end result of which would be puffed hair! See more »

Quotes

Wil: I'll definitely be there tonight.
Vivian Shing: "Definitely" definitely, or "definitely" maybe? You know, my friends are starting to think you don't exist.
Wil: Trust me. I'll definitely, definitely be there.
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Connections

Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes the Bride
Written by Anthony Goddard and Ron Komie
Published by First Digital Music (BMI), ZFC Music (ASCAP)
Two Music Library (BMI) and One Music Library (ASCAP)
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, a division of Zomba Enterprises
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Two women fall in love. They have to deal with cultural and family and professional issues.
18 April 2005 | by gershunySee all my reviews

This first time director/author has made a movie that will have universal appeal. Although the main part of the plot centers on two Chinese women who are successful professionals and are love with each other, the movie is not "about" Chinese people or "about" lesbians. The story concerns how two interesting people deal with cultural taboos, with their places in the culture and in their families, and with the demands of their respective careers (surgeon and ballerina). But, even with this serious backdrop, the story is told with humor; there are more laughs and smiles than tears. When you see the movie, note how beautifully the romance between these protagonists develops.

It's likely that this movie will have limited distribution, at least at the the beginning. Look for it. You will be glad you did.


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