WHO’S IN IT?
Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), Tzi Ma (Arrival), Diana Lin (Australia Day), Zhao Shuzhen (film debut), Lu Hong (film debut), Jiang Yongbo (Caught in the Web), Chen Han (From Where We’ve Fallen), Aoi Mizuhara (Break Through!), Gil Perez-Abraham (film debut), Jim Liu (Love), Ines Laimins (Four Assassins), X Mayo (film debut), Becca Khalil (film debut)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Lulu Wang (Posthumous), director, writer; Anita Gou (Assassination Nation), Daniele Tate Melia (3 Generations), Andrew Miano (A Single Man), Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine), Marc Turtletaub (Safety Not Guaranteed), Chris Weitz (American Pie) and Jane Zheng (King of Peking), producers; Alex Weston (Fairfield), composer; Anna Franquesa Solano (Bag Boy Lover Boy), cinematographer; Matt Friedman (John Tucker Must Die) and Michael Taylor (Love Is Strange), editors
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Chinese-American Billi (Awkwafina) is devastated to hear that her beloved grandmother “Nai Nai” (Shuzhen) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. However, when she learns that her family has decided to not tell Nai Nai about her illness, and that they are staging a wedding in China as an excuse to go and see her, Billi defies her parents’ wishes for her to stay home in New York and flies out to visit Nai Nai, where she learns more about her family’s odd decision to keep the matriarch in the dark…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Critical acclaim from both critics and audiences should already be enough incentive to check out this indie sleeper hit, but the fact that it’s also a powerful story about family and tradition, led by an astonishing lead performance by Awkwafina, should also make it a top priority for you to check out.