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The Farewell (2019)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 12 July 2019 (USA)
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A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

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Lulu Wang

Writer:

Lulu Wang
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Awkwafina Takes Dramatic Leap in 'The Farewell'

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Cast

Credited cast:
Awkwafina ... Billi
Tzi Ma ... Haiyan
Diana Lin ... Jian
Jim Liu ... Doctor Song
Gil Perez-Abraham ... Tony
Ines Laimins ... Kathy
Shuzhen Zhao Shuzhen Zhao ... Nai Nai (as Shuzhen Zhou)
Aoi Mizuhara Aoi Mizuhara ... Aiko
Han Chen Han Chen ... Haohao
Hong Lu Hong Lu ... Little Nai Nai
Yongbo Jiang Yongbo Jiang ... Haibin
X Mayo X Mayo ... Suz
Becca Khalil ... Shirley
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Storyline

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

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Based on an Actual Lie

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Farewell See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$355,662, 14 July 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$427,234, 16 July 2019
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The idea for this story came from an episode from the podcast "This American Life". See more »

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Shi Jie Liang Yuan
Written by Jayna Chou
Performed by Mindia Luo
Produced by Mark Byers (as Markaholic)
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Wonderful film that's beautiful and heartfelt
12 July 2019 | by mcintosh-16098See all my reviews

Awkwafina gives an amazing performance, proving she can more than handle being the lead and giving a dramatic performance. This film deals with a topic that in a way can be felt in any culture. This is the topic of whether or not it's right to reveal a secret and possibly worry the person who you want to tell or keep it to yourself to shoulder that burden. What I love about this film is how everyone expresses at times subtle and at other times clear concern of their secret being revealed to their terminally ill matriarch. Props to everyone in this film, especially Awkwafina who I believe should be featured in many future films as she gives a stellar performance.


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