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Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart

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Wayne Wang's follow-up to his low-budget success Chan Is Missing is a gentle, slice-of-life comedy about the shifting relationship between a widowed mother and her thirty-year-old unmarried daughter in San Francisco's Chinatown. Mrs. Tam (Kim Chew) lives with her youngest daughter Geraldine (Laureen Chew) -- her older children having already left home. Geraldine is a graduate student who wants to live on her own but tells herself that she should stay at home with her mother and her Uncle Tam (Victor Wong), a happy-go-lucky bartender who would like to marry Mrs. Tam if only Geraldine would just go away and get married. Mrs. Tam, convinced that she will die before she hits 62, wants to see her daughter married. But under the surface, Mrs. Tam likes Geraldine's presence in her house, Uncle Tam may not be serious about his marriage intentions, and Geraldine herself could possibly be using her mother as an excuse not to get married and have to assume responsibility.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Terrel Seltzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2006
Runtime:
Orion Classics

Cast

Kim Chew
as Mrs. Tam
Laureen Chew
as Geraldine Tam
Victor Wong
as Uncle Tam
Ida F.O. Chung
as Auntie Mary
Cora Miao
as Julia
John Nishio
as Richard
Amy Hill
as Amy Tam
Keith Choy
as Kevin Tam
Mary Chew
as Old Mah Jong Player
Nora Lee
as Old Mah Jong Player
Helen Chew
as Linda Tam
Joan Chen
as Young Mah Jong Playe...
Jarrett Chew
as Baby Tam
Rita Yee
as Young Mah Jong Playe...
George Wu
as Bar patron
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What is remarkable is the way Wang deals with this complex set of emotions, in a movie that is essentially a comedy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Chicago Reader
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Playfully celebrating Asian cuisine (every scene displays food), this family melodrama deals with the erosion of traditional values.

Full Review… | June 20, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

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