- Actors: Michelle Krusiek, Joan Chen, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang, Guang Lan Koh
- Directors: Alice Wu
- Producers: James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee
- Format: Subtitled, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
- Dubbed: Italian
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2005
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000BH2TP6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Saving Face [DVD] 
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When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she's pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn't want a roommate, especially since she's met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town.
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The two end up living together again while trying to find the courage to go against social and cultural 'norms' in order to discover and enjoy being in love.
The dialog changes from english to mandarin (with subtitles) in an easy to follow manner which actually works to enhance the humour. The acting did waver a bit from time to time, hence the 4 stars.
Otherwise, a top notch movie....and certainly one of the better movies that features a lesbian relationship!!
This is definitely a very good break in the gay film industry in respect of the Chinese culture, but more than that, it's a story about self-conflict, tradition, faith and love.
Very nicely projected, indeed.
Most of film is about the seeming impossibility of the three women to solve the problems of their forbidden love. This is the result of intense pressures put on them by a constantly intervening, conservatively traditonal Chinese community.
Rather than seeing this as the cliché of a "lesbian film" -- I'd rather relax with the timeless human problem (like the star crossed lovers Romeo and Juilliet) in this film about women falling into deeply passionate, albeit forbidden love. Director (screen writer) Wu brilliantly takes us through the angst felt by each of the women -- and keeps us guessing as to whether or not they will be able to come to terms with their problems so that they can live happily ever after with the person they love.
So I look upon this delightful movie not as a "lesbian film" but rather as a movie about three women who must try to consumate loves that are forbidden by their community. Vivian and Mil happen to be in love with one another. That is, they're lesbians.
Great film. I loved the characters in it.
Definately more than worth a watch. Enjoy!!
The dialogue is in Chinese and English as the characters are Chinese Americans and this help make the film work a lot better than if it was all in one language as the story is all about our cultural differences between Chinese and non Chinese but mainly between old Chinese bought up with Chinese values and American Chinese bought up with both Chinese and American values.
To complicate matters, her daughter is a successful doctor who has great potential in her chosen profession who does not have the time or apparent inclination to seek out a mate for herself.
The choice of New York as the backdrop for this tale is symbolic in the city's role as a gateway to the new world. The tale itself is replete with contrasts of new versus old culture, old family forms and authority structures versus the new, old versus new cultures etc. In one scene mother and daughter are having two conversations with|not with each other: the mother addresses her daughter in Chinese, the daughter addresses her mother in English.
As the movie proceeds the viewer is drawn into the tale almost imperceptibly so much so that one begins to empathise with each of the characters rather than take sides. Joan Chen is in superb form as the restrained mother, keeping her secret but managing all the while to maintain face for the family name. Her cautious daughter, torn as it were, between old and new, is often uncertain about the direction in which to go but which ultimately achieves resolution in the final scene.
This is a story of love and life cutting across conventional and cultural boundaries. The tale is told in a gentle and charming way, lending poise to the proceedings and allowing for the possibility for change to be affected by the rather revolutionary actions of an individual and for gradual but significant cultural changes to occur which are, in their own way rather monumental.
The movie kept my attention throughout and although there are a number of minor issues which drew my attention I did not find them sufficently distracting to disturb my enjoying. Although lightweight in a way it is a pleasant experience which throws some light on a number of important social issues. Although my 11 year old son was disinclined towatch my fifteen year old daughter enjoyed the movie and was comfortable with the issues exposed.