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An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama. Wilhelmina Pang Michelle Krusiec is a surgeon living in Manhattan whose mother Joan Chen is eager for her to settle down with a nice man and get married. What Ma doesn't know is that Wilhelmina happens to be a lesbian -- or rather, Ma prefers not to acknowledge it, since she once walked in on Wilhelmina and her girlfriend several years before. As it happens, Wilhelmina is looking for ...
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An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama. Wilhelmina Pang Michelle Krusiec is a surgeon living in Manhattan whose mother Joan Chen is eager for her to settle down with a nice man and get married. What Ma doesn't know is that Wilhelmina happens to be a lesbian -- or rather, Ma prefers not to acknowledge it, since she once walked in on Wilhelmina and her girlfriend several years before. As it happens, Wilhelmina is looking for someone special in her life, and thinks she may have found her in Vivian Lynn Chen, a beautiful dancer, but a fear of commitment and a desire to keep her medical career on track is making their relationship problematic. As Wilhelmina tries to get her love life in order, her mother's shifts into crisis mode. Ma, a 48-year-old widow, has just discovered she's pregnant, and her staunchly traditional father Li Zhiyu will not allow her back into the home they share until she's married someone respectable. Unwilling to name the father of her baby, Ma is forced to move in with Wilhelmina, and while enduring the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy she is being pressured by friends and relatives to marry Cho Nathaniel Geng, a sweet but boring man she doesn't especially like. Saving Face was the first feature film from writer and director Alice Wu.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Director audio commentary; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Sundance diary
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • UPC: 043396035256
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Krusiec Wilhelmina Pang
Joan Chen Ma
Lynn Chen Vivian Lu
Li Zhiyu Wai Gung
Shen Guanglan Wai Po
Jessica Hecht Randi
Ato Essandoh Jay
David Shih Norman
Brian Yang Little Yu
Nathaniel Geng Stimson Cho
Mao Zhao Old Yu
Wang Luoyong Dr. Liu
Clare Sum Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo Mrs. Liu
Twinkle Burke Hospital Receptionist
Richard Chang Stephen
Saidah Arrika Ekulona Nurse #1
Jamie Guan Mr. Yao
Connie Hsia Mrs. Chen
Tina Johnson Nurse #2
Guang Lan Koh Wai Po (Grandma)
Hoon Lee Raymond Wong
Rosa Luo Cho Sister #1
Nan Meng Mother at Clinic
Phillip Meng Mambo Date
Jackson Ning Mr. Chen
Brittany Perrineau Dara
Christy Qin Nurse at Clinic
Paul Sum Mr. Wong
Chloe Tsang 8-Year Old Chinese Girl
Jin Wang Wai Gung (Grandpa)
Pamela-Payton Wright Dr. Morgan
Lu Yue Stoic Date
Fang Yulin Wart Date
Xiaofeng Zang Mr. Fu
Ruth Zhang Mrs. Yao
Technical Credits
Alice Wu Director, Screenwriter
Steven Borne Sound/Sound Designer
Harlan Bosmajian Cinematographer
Jaclyn Brodsky Casting
Carrie Fix Asst. Director
Susan Graef Editor
Heidi Griffiths Casting
Sabine Hoffman Editor
James Lassiter Producer
Scott Macaulay Executive Producer
Jeff Morin Associate Producer
Jill Newell Costumes/Costume Designer
Rocket NYC Sound Editor
Robin O'Hara Executive Producer
Alysia Oakley Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Ouellette Production Designer
John Penotti Executive Producer
Anton Sanko Score Composer
Will Smith Producer
Michael Terrace Choreography
Noah Vivekanand Timan Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Trautvetter Camera Operator
Teddy Zee Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saving Face
1. Start [12:20]
2. Vending-Machine Meeting [2:35]
3. The Family Shame [4:55]
4. First Date in Three Weeks [8:39]
5. Trying to Fall [8:02]
6. Definitely Maybe [5:24]
7. Hunt for a Husband [9:51]
8. Meeting Mother [11:20]
9. The Grandma Scare [:43]
10. Not a Flesh Wound [5:05]
11. For Father's Honor [6:04]
12. Lost...and Found [8:41]
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Disc #1 -- Saving Face
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio: English
      Audio: French
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director Alice Wu: On
      Commentary With Director Alice Wu: Off
      Deleted Scenes
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         Play All With Commentary
         Ma Gives Mrs. Wong a Facial
         The Lazy Susan
         Mrs. Yao Sees Stimson Cho
         All Moved In
         The Tablecloth
      Behind the Scenes of Saving Face
      Sundance Diary
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         Heights
         Yes
         Saraband
         The Beautiful Country
         November
         2046
         3-Iron
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      The Beautiful Country
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      2046
      3-Iron
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  • Posted February 12, 2011

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    Excellent portrayal of the mother/daughter relationship

    "Saving Face" has been on my Netflix queue for some time. I finally watched it with my partner last night and enjoyed it immensely. As someone who experienced a strained relationship with her mother while coming out, I really related to the character of Wil. Their dynamic is very realistic and I feel it is representative of any mother and daughter who are close though very different. Watching them learn to accept each other for who they are was a heartwarming experience. "Saving Face" is also extremely funny, which isn't something a lot of dramas can do. Joan Chen, especially, provides a natural humor which is entirely believable. She spends the majority of the film being depressed and trying new things as a result (including renting a porno and trying to date at age 48). Ultimately, "Saving Face" is a great chick flick that you can watch with your girlfriend or mother and maybe even your husband if he's into studying the intricacies of feminine relationships.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great little Gem!

    I recently saw this movie for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it to be well acted and endearing. The plot was adorable and there were some real laughs in there as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie is definately one of my favourite movies. It portrayed the lives of an Asian-descended family with comedy, realism, and a good pitch of angst. It also shows some of the difficulties that traditions can hold over many people over "taboo" things. Not only was this a wonderfully entertaining movie about both a love story and a life story, but it showed an intricate family system that came to life all its own. This is a movie that can be watched with your family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This movie was sweetly comedic and angsty at the right moments. I loved how it sacastically portrayed some Asian stereotypes and the actresses are beautiful and talented. It just made you feel good and the more you thought about it, one can't label a movie by the type of relationship it focuses on--straight, gay, lesbian--but the portrayal of a life story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a cool movie.

    This is a very well written and well acted movie. It's sweet & romantic with a tiny bit of angst (at times) thrown in for good measure. Joan Chen is a timeless beauty, no matter what film she's in, she radiates. Michelle Krusiec & Lynn Chen are great on the screen together, very believable. I look forward to seeing these two women in future projects. You'll feel good after this movie, and isn't that what it's all about sometimes?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great, feel good movie

    I saw this film in the theater twice - once with my friends, and then I took my mom to go see it. I was skeptical at first, as I read a few negative reviews which claimed it was unrealistic, but I found it to be very true to life. Just because you walk out of a theater feeling good and not cynical doesn't mean it's not a great indie film.

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    Posted August 12, 2011

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