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Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)

Cast: Cora Miao, Cora Miao, Russell Wong, more...
Director: Wayne Wang, Wayne Wang
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Foreign, Hong Kong
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Eat a Bowl of Tea is set in New York's Chinatown during the immediate postwar years. After a seeming eternity of separation, Chinese immigrants are finally allowed to bring their spouses to the U.S. thanks to looser immigration laws. Those husbands and wives no longer able to procreate fully expect their own sons to head back to China to seek out new brides. Russell Wong plays a young man who decides not to marry the bride picked out for him, but a girl of his own choice, played by Cora Miao. The film tackles several issues, including Miao's difficulty in assimilation, Wong's problems with his intrusive relatives, the outside pressure brought to bear in producing an heir, and the ongoing struggle of making ends meet financially. Both bride and groom respond to their insecurities by indulging in extramarital affairs. It takes several near-catastrophic events to prompt a happy reconciliation. Partially funded by PBS' American Playhouse production staff, Eat a Bowl of Tea is based on an extremely popular Chinese-language novel by Louis Chu. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Synopsis contains gross errors by minifig November 22, 2004 - 10:25 AM PST
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Synopisi says: "...young man who decides not to marry the bride picked out for him, but a girl of his own choice." He chose to marry the bride picked out for him.

Synopsis says: "The film tackles ... ongoing struggle of making ends meet financially." There was no indication of financial difficulties. In fact, the couple seemed to be doing rather well.

Synopsis says: "Both bride and groom respond to their insecurities by indulging in extramarital affairs." Only the wife had an extramarital affair.

I found this to be a charming film. It had an overall lightheartedness, despite the serious nature of some issues, and it featured many easily likable characters. The view into Chinese-American family life of that time was previously unknown me.




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