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1 hr. 23 min.

Plot Summary
In the wake of his wife's death, Shi (Henry O) leaves his native China to find his estranged daughter, Yilan (Faye Yu), in the United States. There, Shi befriends Madam (Vida Ghahremani), an Arab-American mother who can relate to his feelings of isolation and culture shock. After having an awkward reunion with Yilan, Shi realizes just how far apart they've grown from each other. And though he can barely speak English, Shi decides to stay permanently, hoping to mend their broken relationship.

Cast: Henry O , Faye Yu , Vida Ghahremani , Pavel Lychnikoff , Megan Albertus , Wes Deitrick , Angela Dierdorff Petro , Tracy Schornick

Director: Wayne Wang

Genres: Drama, Romance

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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Release Date: September 19th, 2008|1 hr. 23 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Has a jangly, improvisational tone, with nuanced moments of humor and pathos. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Very little actually happens, since most of the time Mr. Shi sits alone in Yilan's empty apartment, wondering how to help her. But there's a gentle beauty in these long, anguished silences, and Wang and his actors make the most of it. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Modest but moving, a finely observed portrait of a father/daughter relationship that will resonate deeply for many viewers. show more

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