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Tui shou (Pushing Hands)

Tui shou (Pushing Hands) (1995)

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Release Date: Jun 2, 1995 Wide

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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

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Ang Lee, James Schamus

Jan 23, 1996

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Ang Lee's feature debut explores cross-cultural and generational conflicts, issues that would become the backbone of his work. This is the first in what can be described as Father Knows Best trilogy, tales about a parent confronting a changing world.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Depicts the difficulties a tai chi master has in adapting to the consumer culture of America.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Early Ang Lee drama about the problems of cross-cultural family expectations and responsibilities wth a Chinese father coming over to live with his son and reluctant American daugher in law. Dated but interesting.

July 17, 2011
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Lesley N

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Absolutely powerful film, using 3 different perspectives to look at a family of mixed race. The storyline is about immigration and culture recognition, it's darkly humorous and yet tragic. The actors didn't have any acting experience which made the film even more natural and realistic.
February 20, 2012
Sylvester Kuo

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Interesting! Great story plot.
May 2, 2008
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Leo L

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Ang Lee's rarely known martial art film. Sihung Lung (Eat, Drink, Men, Women) acted as a tai-chi master working quietly in Chinese restaurant until he finally was forced to use his tai-chi. Unable to speak English yet always understand the heart of men. Several culture clash created some comical moments that's true in its own sense. The ending was shocking and touching at the same time.
April 7, 2008
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