The Farewell

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USA | 2019 | 100 minutes | Lulu Wang

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Awkwafina, the flamboyant breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians, plays a woman traveling back home to China to assist in an elaborate ruse to keep a truth from her terminally ill grandmother.


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When a Chinese family discovers that their matriarch has inoperable lung cancer, they decide to keep her diagnosis a secret from her and instead orchestrate an impromptu wedding that allows the whole family to return home, under the guise of celebration, to say goodbye. In her debut lead performance, comedian/musician Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) stars as Billi, a writer living in New York City who is told to stay back because her emotions will reveal the secret. Disobeying her family's orders, Billi travels to China to see her grandmother (charmingly played by Shuzhen Zhou) one last time, simultaneously reflecting on the changes both she and her old Chinese haunts have endured.

  • Director: Lulu Wang
  • Principal Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhou Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
  • Country: USA, China
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Daniele Melia, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, Jane Zheng, Lulu Wang, Anita Gou
  • Screenplay: Lulu Wang
  • Cinematographers: Anna Franquesa Solano
  • Language: English, Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: PG