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Director: Wayne Wang     Starring: Laureen Chew
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202026005
UPC: 741952308195
UPC 14: 00741952308195
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A Little Bit Of Heart
Acclaimed director Wayne Wang directs an all-star cast in this endearing tale. A Chinese immigrant widow faces the New Year with apprehension after it was foretold that it would be the year she would die. All of the things she wants to do before she dies comes into focus including seeing her daughter married and visiting China one last time to pay her respects.

"A delicate Chinese-American Terms Of Endearment.  Jay Carr, The Boston Globe

Editor's Note
After the success of his low-budget CHAN IS MISSING, the story of a couple of Chinese cabdrivers and some missing money in Chinatown, Wayne Wang returned to the exploration of the melding of Chinese and American culture. In DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART, he moves away from the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown and concentrates on a simple story about the interactions of a Chinese family. Laureen Chew, who appeared in CHAN IS MISSING, cowrote the story with Wang and Terrel Seltzer. She portrays Geraldine, a 30-year-old woman who still lives with her widowed mother. Geraldine has a boyfriend, Richard (John Nishio), who wants to marry her, but she doesn't want to leave her mother (Kim Chew) alone. She is, as her uncle Tam (Victor Wong) says, "a good Chinese daughter." Tam, a lifelong friend of Geraldine's father and not really her uncle, wants to marry her mother, but she also is "too Chinese," and doesn't want to remarry. As the most Americanized of the characters from his generation, Uncle Tam tries to find some common ground so the mother and daughter can each find happiness in life. Wong, in a wonderfully written and acted part, projects a warmth and earthy wisdom about both Chinese and American culture in this funny, perceptive look at family life.
Features
Video Features DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dubbed & Subtitled
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Koch International
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/24/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 87 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3081
Video UPC UPC: 00741952308195
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Cantonese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Cantonese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Letterbox  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Joan Chen
Video Cast Info Kim Chew
Video Cast Info Laureen Chew
Video Cast Info Victor Wong
Video Cast Info Michael G. Chin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ralph Wikke - Editor
Video Cast Info Terrel Seltzer - Writer
Video Cast Info Todd Boekelheide - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Vincent Tai - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Wayne Wang - Director
Video Cast Info Wayne Wang, et. al. - Producer
Plot Summary
A wonderful independent film from director Wayne Wang that chronicles the relationships between three generations of a Chinese-American family living in San Francisco.

Awards


British Academy Awards (1986)
   Video Award Name Wayne Wang, et. al., Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film

Sundance Film Festival (1986)
   Video Award Name Wayne Wang, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic

Professional Reviews

Variety
"...Luminously lensed....[The] film is a pleasure to look at..." 05/22/1985

Los Angeles Times
"...The emotion that DIM SUM taps is profound....The solidity and enduring nature of these characters are revealed. Poignantly. Quietly. With the greatest tenderness..." 10/16/1985 p.C5

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
What is remarkable is the way Wang deals with this complex set of emotions, in a movie that is essentially a comedy. Some of the scenes in Dim Sum are as quietly funny as anything I've seen this year, especially Mrs. Tam's birthday party, a long conversation she has over the back fence with a neighbor, and the way Uncle Tam effortlessly mixes his Chinese wisdom with the lessons he has learned as a bartender. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Chew,Laureen
Product attributeLabel:   Koch Lorber Films Llc
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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