Pushing Hands

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Acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee made his directorial debut with this drama, leavened with gentle comedy, about a household turned upside down by a man who could not be much more out of place. Mr. Chu Sihung Lung is an elderly gentleman who has devoted much of his life to studying and teaching tai chi; growing old and wanting to be closer to his family, he decides to move in with his son. However, Mr. Chu has lived all his life in Beijing, and his son Alex Bo Z. Wang lives in New York City. Chu arrives at ...
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Acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee made his directorial debut with this drama, leavened with gentle comedy, about a household turned upside down by a man who could not be much more out of place. Mr. Chu Sihung Lung is an elderly gentleman who has devoted much of his life to studying and teaching tai chi; growing old and wanting to be closer to his family, he decides to move in with his son. However, Mr. Chu has lived all his life in Beijing, and his son Alex Bo Z. Wang lives in New York City. Chu arrives at Alex's doorstep not knowing a single word of English, and he soon finds himself out of sorts in the home of his very Americanized son. Alex's wife Martha Deb Snyder is a writer who is dealing with the stress of publishing her first novel, in addition to watching over her six-year-old son. Mr. Chu is very much at odds with American customs and technology, and he even gets lost when he tries to take a walk; Martha soon feels as if she's watching over two children rather than one, while Mr. Chu resents his loss of dignity and independence. Eventually, he tries to strike out on his own and get a job, but the harder he tries to feel at home in New York, the more alien he seems. Ang Lee and Sihung Lung would team up again on Lee's next two films, The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Ang Lee's debut feature exhibits many of the traits that would later become calling cards: the clash of cultures at play in everyday American society; the stifling-yet-comforting influence of family and home; the reticence to alter old world ways even in a new environment. Unfortunately, Lee -- working here on an ultra-low budget with an inexperienced cast -- hadn't yet come into his own as a naturalistic observer of human drama, and as a result, much of Pushing Hands comes off like a preachy after-school special. Best among the cast is Sihung Lung, whom Lee would feature in nearly all of his subsequent films; he's so good that he makes the performers who play his staid suburban son and daughter-in-law (Bo Z. Wang and Deb Snyder, respectively) seem like they wandered in from a cut-rate public access soap opera. Informally part of Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy, Pushing Hands received a release only after the success of The Wedding Banquet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • EAN: 4890391106650
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Mei Ah
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sihung Lung Mr. Chu
Pamela Yang Yi Yi
Bo Z. Wang Alex
Deb Snyder Martha
Wong Lai
Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Harriet Bass Casting
Scott Bradley Production Designer
Jiang Feng-Chyi Producer
Ted Hope Producer
Hsu Li-kong Producer
Jong Lin Cinematographer
Lauren Matonis Makeup
James Schamus Producer, Screenwriter
Tim Squyres Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pushing Hands
1. Chapter 1 [25:35]
2. Chapter 2 [9:47]
3. Chapter 3 [14:05]
4. Chapter 4 [10:25]
5. Chapter 5 [18:25]
6. Chapter 6 [18:40]
7. Chapter 7 [7:54]
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Disc #1 -- Pushing Hands
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   Setup
      English
      Traditional Chinese
      Simplified Chinese
      No Subtitles
   Databank
      Cast & Crew
      Synopsis
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