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Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 325 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 2009 (Canada)
  • Runtime: USA:95 min
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Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Dim Sum Funeral (2008)
  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 325 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 2009 (Canada)
  • Runtime: USA:95 min
  • Filming Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Director: Anna Chi
  • Stars: Bai Ling, Steph Song and Talia Shire
  • Original Music By: Dean Landon  Scott Starrett   
  • Soundtrack: Sweet & Happy
  • Plot Keyword: Funeral | Chinese American | Chinese | Mistress | Grief

Writing Credits By:

  • Donald Martin (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A story about a group of estranged Chinese-American siblings who reunite after the death of their mother. Full summary »  »

    Story: Adult Chinese-American siblings Alexander, Liz, Victoria and Meimei reluctantly converge on their hometown of Seattle after their mother, Linda Xiao, passes away from her bout with cancer, about which they didn't even know until after her passing. "Reluctant" as they all disliked their mother – who they called the "Dragon Lady" as she showed them little love while she was alive and who pitted each against the others as they grew up – and have been estranged from each other because of it. Despite each having successful professional lives – Alexander being a cosmetic surgeon, Liz a magazine columnist, Victoria a real estate agent, and Meimei an actress in Chinese ninja movies – each sibling carries personal baggage, much associated with their mother's ways. Married Alexander, much like his now deceased father before him, has a mistress on the side, about which his ex-beauty pageant queen wife Cindy knows…Written by Huggo  


    Synopsis: An Irish funeral has a wake. A Jewish funeral has sitting shiva. A traditional Chinese funeral is something else entirely. Thats what the estranged siblings of the Chinese-American Xiao family must undergo upon news of their mothers death. The one brother and three sisters dont get along, however they share one thing: hatred for their domineering and manipulative mother, the Dragon Lady." Yet, as they honor her request for a traditional seven-day funeral, the siblings face an adventure of surprises, clashes, and unveiled secrets. In the end they learn about themselves, each other, their mother, forgiveness, and what it means to be Chinese. [D-Man2010]

    Estranged Chinese siblings return to their childhood home to pay tribute to their dead mother. They all had problems with her, but they honor her last wish: to be buried in a traditional Chinese… Estranged Chinese siblings return to their childhood home to pay tribute to their dead mother. They all had problems with her, but they honor her last wish: to be buried in a traditional Chinese funeral. As the ritual is underway, the brothers and sisters begin to reform their long-lost connections. [D-Man2010]


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Josée Bernard known as co-executive producer
    • Tom Berry known as executive producer
    • Cheryl Cowan known as line producer: second unit (as Cheryl Cowen)
    • Ray Cuerdo known as executive producer
    • Jeffery Scott Lando known as producer (as Jeffery Lando)
    • Donald Martin known as executive producer
    • Andrew Ooi known as co-executive producer
    • Clark Peterson known as executive producer
    • Andrew Reimer known as executive producer (as Andy Reimer)
    • Stefan Wodoslawsky known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Bai Ling known as Dede
    • Steph Song known as Meimei
    • Talia Shire known as Viola
    • Russell Wong known as Alexander
    • Kelly Hu known as Cindy
    • Julia Nickson known as Elizabeth
    • Lisa Lu known as Mrs Xiao
    • Françoise Yip known as Victoria
    • Tseng Chang known as Chow Lin
    • Adrian Hough known as Michael
    • Valerie Tian known as Emily
    • Isaah Brown known as Jason
    • Curtis Lum known as Bruce
    • Lili Lau known as Diva
    • Donald Fong known as Mr Wang
    • Crystal Lowe known as Jane
    • Chhultim Sherpa known as Monk 1
    • Terry Chen known as Funeral Store Owner
    • Geoff Gustafson known as Larry
    • Grace Fatkin known as Mrs Sun
    • Ed Hong-Louie known as Elderly Man (as Ed Hong Louie)
    • BJ Harrison known as Woman at Funeral



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Jennifer Beebe known as makeup swing
    • Paula Demille known as assistant hair stylist
    • Jullin Hadden known as key hair stylist
    • Kathy Howatt known as key makeup artist (as Kathleen Howatt)
    • Lili Lau known as makeup artist: "Diva"
    • Jess Luka known as hair swing
    • Amy Pang known as assistant makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Keith Bakker known as set dresser (as Keith 'The Master' Bakker)
    • Alex Kutschera known as property master
    • Mark Lane known as lead dresser
    • Michelle Pitney known as assistant set decorator
    • Susy Tavares known as buyer
    • John Wilcox known as paint coordinator
    • Martin Wing known as assistant property master
    • Jim Wyber known as set dresser




    Production Companies:

    • Reel One Entertainment (presents)
    • Dim Sum Productions (produced by)
    • Movie Network, The (TMN) (this film was produced with the participation of) (as M The Movie Network – Astral Media Networks)
    • Super Écran (this film was produced with the participation of) (as SÉ Super Écran – Astral Media Networks)
    • Astral Media (with the participation of)
    • Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC (this film was produced with the participation of)
    • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (this film was produced with the participation of)
    • Movie Central Network (produced in association with) (as Movie Central A Corus Entertainment Company)
    • Corus (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • 1-900 Costumes  the producers wish to thank
    • Airwaves Sound Design  adr recording facility: Vancouver
    • Buddha International Accessories  the producers wish to thank
    • Church Audio  adr recording facility: Los Angeles
    • DGC  acknowledgment (as DGC Directors Guild of Canada)
    • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll services (as EP Canada)
    • Focus Entertainment Insurance Brokers  insurance broker (as Focus Entertainment Brokers Inc.)
    • I.A.T.S.E. Local 669  acknowledgment (as I.A.T.S.E. 669 International Photographers Canada)
    • Mintage Vintage  the producers wish to thank
    • National Bank of Canada  the producers wish to thank
    • Nettwerk Apparel  the producers wish to thank: for ChuloPony
    • Obakki Designs  the producers wish to thank
    • Paladin Show Services  lighting and grip equipment
    • Paladin Show Services  the producers wish to thank
    • Panavision  camera equipment
    • Parallel Rentals  the producers wish to thank
    • Robert & Stahl  legal services by (as Roberts & Stahl)
    • Screen Actors Guild (SAG)  acknowledgment
    • Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant  the producers wish to thank
    • Union of B.C. Performers  acknowledgment (as UBCP)
    • Writers Guild of Canada  acknowledgment


    • Home Box Office Home Video (HBO) (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (20??) (Netherlands) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Release Date:

    • USA November 2008 (AFI Fest)
    • Canada 2009
    • USA 25 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
    • USA 12 June 2009 (limited)
    • USA 21 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Russia 15 March 2010 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for brief drug use and sexuality



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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