GenreComedy, Drama Duration LanguageEnglish, Mandarin
Release dateNovember 2008 (2008-11)
AFI Fest Music directorScott Starrett, Dean Landon CastKelly Hu (Cindy), Steph Song (Meimei), Talia Shire (Viola Gruber), Julia Nickson (Elizabeth), Lisa Lu (Mrs. Xiao), Bai Ling (DeeDee) Similar moviesJupiter Ascending, Fish Tank, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss, Pitch Perfect 2
Dim sum funeral
Dim Sum Funeral is a 2008 comedy/drama film. It was directed by Anna Chi and stars Kelly Hu, Bai Ling, Russell Wong, Steph Song and Talia Shire.
After their mother dies, four Chinese-American siblings return to their Seattle home. As their mother wanted a traditional seven-day funeral, the estranged siblings stay the week and deal with their issues.
Lisa Lu as Mrs. Xiao, the matriarch
Julia Nickson as Elizabeth ("Liz"), a daughter of Mrs. Xiao
Russell Wong as Alexander ("Alex"), the son of Mrs. Xiao
Françoise Yip as Victoria, a daughter of Mrs. Xiao
Steph Song as Meimei, a daughter of Mrs. Xiao
Talia Shire as Viola, a Jewish friend of Mrs. Xiao
Bai Ling as Dede, Meimei's girlfriend
Curtis Lum as Bruce Lee, a Buddhist monk and prospective sperm donor to Meimei and Dede
Adrian Hough as Michael, Liz's husband
Isaah Brown as Jason, Victoria's son
Tseng Chang as Zhou Lin, a friend of Mrs. Xiao, an eminent Chinese pianist, and Meimei's father
Kelly Hu as Cindy, Alex's wife and a former Miss Taiwan
Valerie Tian as Emily, Alex's daughter
Dim Sum Funeral was widely panned by critics. Fionnuala Halligan of Screen Daily noted the film's "uneven tone", but she commended the set design and decoration by James Willcock.