Mulberry Child


Mulberry Child (2012)



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Seeking a better life for herself and her daughter, Lisa, Jian Ping left China in 1986 to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. She left behind her parents, former senior government officials, but not the memory of their shattered lives. Jian's daughter, Lisa, joined her in Queens, New York when the girl was four-and-a-half. They moved to Chicago, where Jian joined corporate America, eventually becoming the national director of Tsingtao Beer. Lisa's childhood was the reverse of her mother's, growing up as an utterly unencumbered American girl; living in suburban Chicago Lisa earned a great education, built a successful public relations career and learned to enjoy the best parts of life: good friends, worldwide travel and partying. However, both mother and daughter felt an ever-widening breach in their relationship. The more Jian longed for a closer relationship and for Lisa to know her family roots, the further she pulled away, culminating in Lisa's disinterest in Jian's memoir, which had taken her eight years to write.


Lisa Xia
as Herself
Jody Choi
as Little Jian
Bruce Akoni Yong
as Father/Hou Kai
Christine Chiang
as Mother/Gu Wenxiu
Vanessa Chiu
as Big Jian
Megan Kong
as Schoolmate
Cody Choi
as Mean Boy
Li Tian
as Binbin
Lily Sang
as Mrs. Zhang
Vincent Lee
as Mr. Wang
Tony Li
as Old School Director
Phannie Choi
as Landlord's Wife
Eric Choi
as Guard
Eddie Chiu
as Chauffeur
Thomas Fung
as Red Guard
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Critic Reviews for Mulberry Child

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Moving between a present-day mother-daughter clash of values and a personal history of life under Mao's regime, her docudrama is an awkward mix.

Oct 4, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The film's subject matter is epochal, its delivery less so.

Sep 6, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[Its] poignancy is lessened by its awkward formal devices.

Sep 4, 2012 | Full Review…

There's a universal story here about immigrant parents and children, and how American culture can swamp family traditions, and make parents and children culturally unrecognizable to one another.

Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Sporadically intriguing and poignant, yet meandering and incomplete. It caters more to the heart than to the mind.

Sep 9, 2012 | Rating: 6.2/10 | Full Review…

This documentary about a Chinese mother-daughter relationship veers uncertainly from family drama to an overall survey of Communism's rise and devastating human effect.

Sep 6, 2012 | Full Review…

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