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Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

Dim Sum Funeral (2008)




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Death brings a contentious family together (though that doesn't mean they get along) in this comedy-drama from director Anna Chi. When elderly Mrs. Xiao (Lisa Lu) dies in her sleep at home, her housekeeper and close friend Viola (Talia Shire) contacts her four adult children in hopes they'll come home to help with the funeral. Unfortunately, Mrs. Xiao didn't have many friends besides Viola, her children all have issues with her, and given her zeal to assimilate into American culture, the siblings are more than puzzled that she insisted upon a traditional Chinese funeral lasting a full seven days. Alexander (Russell Wong), a successful doctor, is still coming to terms with his overly strict mother and philandering father, and is unexpectedly reunited with his ex-wife (Kelly Hu), who he lost through his own infidelity. Elizabeth (Julia Nickson), a writer, also crosses paths with her former spouse (Adrian Hough) while she mourns both her mother and her young son. Victoria (Francoise Yip) has never been able to forgive her mom after she rejected her for marrying an African-American. And MeiMei (Steph Song), an actress, is a lesbian who wants to have children with her significant other Deedee (Bai Ling); they've been having trouble finding a suitable sperm donor, though they think one of the monks at the funeral may be just what they're looking for. Dim Sum Funeral received its world premiere at the 2008 AFI Fest.
R (for brief drug use and sexuality)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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HBO Films


Bai Ling
as Dede
Talia Shire
as Viola
Russell Wong
as Alexander
Francoise Yip
as Victoria
Steph Song
as Meimei
Kelly Hu
as Cindy
Julia Nickson
as Elizabeth
Chang Tseng
as Chow Lin
Lisa Lu
as Mrs. Xiao
Adrian Hough
as Michael
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Critic Reviews for Dim Sum Funeral

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

So jaw-droppingly misguided in its blend of mawkish sentiment and comic relief that it almost elicits one's grudging admiration.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
Top Critic

Director Anna Chi's Chinese-American family drama, from a screenplay by Donald Martin, is ambitious in scope and banal in execution.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

There were plenty of opportunities for originality here, but other than toying with a layer of Asian exoticism, writer Donald Martin doesn't stray far from convention

Full Review… | July 30, 2009

Too simplistic to be believable.

Full Review… | June 15, 2009
Movie Dearest

Overly melodramatic and soap operatic. Very familiar episodic look at a comtemporary Chinese/American family and the gaps that divide them.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dim Sum Funeral

Dim Sum Funeral is a flawed, but very underrated dramedy about a family that is brought together after the death of their mother who demands a traditional Chinese funeral. While the drama and comedy aspects sometimes clash with one another, giving the film a bipolar and uneven tone sometimes, for the most part, it's a solid film about the troubled lives of each family member and how they are drawn back together through tragedy. It's not as polished as the likes of say, The Joy Luck Club, but Dim Sum Funeral is a very underrated film that is much better than its reputation would suggest.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

I liked this movie. Through the circumstance of their mom's funeral, a Chinese-American family come together for the week-long traditional Chinese funeral. There is a lot to resolve - issues about the siblings relationships, and issues regarding their mother.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Jaw-droppingly misguided in its blend of mawkish sentiment and comic relief. Like a Tyler Perry movie for Asians, only worse.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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