Tigertail

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Uneven yet revealing, Tigertail offers a well-acted -- and ultimately valuable -- look at the immigrant experience in America.

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In this poignant multi-generational drama, Pin-Jui (Hong-Chi Lee) is a free-spirited yet impoverished young Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the difficult decision to leave his homeland -- and the woman he loves -- behind in order to seek better opportunities in America. But years of monotonous work and an arranged marriage devoid of love or compassion leave an older Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) a shadow of his former self. Unable to sympathize with his daughter Angela (Christine Ko) and at risk of living out his retirement in solitude, Pin-Jui must reconnect with his past in order to finally build the life he once dreamed of having.

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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (14)

  • More potent is the sense of choices made young becoming faultlines through a life, creaking under us across decades and continents.

    April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a very quiet, moving, and poignant intergenerational family saga with some lovely directorial flourishes.

    April 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Yang's script is thoughtful and precise -- every character gets to be three-dimensional.

    April 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Alan Yang has given us one immigrant's story that feels like his dad's unique, deeply felt experience, but also makes it reverberate like it's his own - and ours.

    April 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [W]here the film stands out from other dramas of its type is in its poignant exploration of the little-discussed emotional consequences of single-mindedly pursuing the American dream.

    April 10, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • The film feels like a three-hour epic that's been slashed to 91 minutes, with crucial details reduced to crude bullet points for economy's sake. It isn't intimate, it's small.

    April 10, 2020 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    NPR
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