Sunday, January 31, 2010

Asian American Movie Throwback: Saving Face

Rarely do I come across movies about Asian-Americans that I believe are actually entertaining and do the community justice.  In other words, the movie presents the lives of Asian-Americans as ordinary citizens who play legitimate roles, not ethnically demeaning ones.

It was quite serendipitous, but I recently saw one of my favorite films called Saving Face, a romantic comedy directed by Alice Wu. Surprisingly, not a lot of my AA friends knew about the flick when I recommended it even though it actually has a genuine plot coupled with well written script.  It has its hilarious moments and its times of empathy. If you haven't seen it, you should go rent and watch it since I'm not going to spoil it for you other than by saying its about a Chinese-American female doctor living in NYC who is trying to come to terms with her sexuality.  

I've probably seen this movie about four times now, but its still a delight to watch. All of the actors are tremendously talented which astonishes me that such great AA actors aren't given more mainstream attention. Part of this could be attributed to the fact that they don't kowtow to HollyWhite's demands of playing stereotypical submissive or fobby Asian roles. Well whatever the reason may be, the cast was given their time to shine in this film. What I like most about the movie though is its depth portrayed by the characters, the sense of realness, and the (just go watch it) scene.  

So if you haven't seen it, go rent and watch it already!!  

1 comment:

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