Face (2005)

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Three generations of Chinese women attempt to reconcile the cultural chasm between their traditional heritage and the everyday influences of life in America. Finding herself pregnant, career girl Kim was forced into an unhappy marriage in the late 70s. But Kim decided to flee, leaving her infant daughter in her mother's care. Now, year's later, she returns to find her independent daughter Genie involved in a relationship with black DJ Michael, causing controversy.
Rating:
R (for some language and brief nudity)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Romance
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Cast

Will Yun Lee
as Daniel
Ling Bai
as Kim
Jae-ho Song
as Department head Song
Kieu Chinh
as Mrs. Liu
Ye-rin Han
as Lee-jin
Ken Leung
as Willie
Kristy Wu
as Genie
Paul J.Q. Lee
as Husband No. 2
Les J.N. Mau
as Mr. Huang
Tina Chen
as Mrs. Chang
Suk-Won Chang
as Dong-chul
Yun-ah Song
as Jeong Seon-yeong
Shin Hyeon-jun
as Lee Hyeon-min
Ben Wang
as Mr. Leung
Susan Bigelow
as Hospital Nurse
Seung-wook Kim
as Detective Seo
Diane Cheng
as Mrs. Mar
Christy Qin
as Jenny
Ruth Zhang
as Mrs. Huang
Kristy Qin
as Jenny
Tina Factor
as Asian Woman
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Critic Reviews for Face

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13)

By the end of Face, we've been drawn deep into the battle for both communal support and individual freedom that marks the progress of so many ethnic groups in America.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide.

May 12, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.

April 6, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
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A film with visual flair, musical inspiration and dramatic gravity. From the top to the bottom of the cast list, there are performances rich in detail and intelligence.

March 18, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's a tale worth telling again -- especially if you feel the material as strongly as recent Columbia film-school grad Bertha Bay-Sa Pan seems to.

March 18, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story.

March 18, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Face

½

Great film!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Typical Asian horror movie. Nothing really new here. That creepy girl with the hair hanging down over her face, etc, has gotten so overdone. Move on already.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

A rather quick moving korean mystery tale that starts out rather gory, and then proceeds to use a sledgehammer to introduce the ghostly supernatural elements. Still this would have been a passable watch except for the last 15 minutes; there we experience the obligatory twist and a far-fetched coincidence that tests the viewer's patience. Overall, it is decent entertainment more so because of the acting rather than the script. However, it's just nothing new or original in the k-horror genre.

alan jay
alan jay

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