Wil asks for the identity of the father, but Gao refuses to answer. Wil congratulates Vivian and gives her encouragement to accept the offer. The son of the pharmacist stands up and admits he is the father of the child. Gao and Vivian's mother smile at each other while giving a thumbs up, revealing they planned the reunion, while some people leave in disgust at their behavior. Vivian reveals the fact that they had met once before when they were children; Vivian kissed Wil on the nose after Wil rescued her from bullies; Wil ran away afterwards. Her mother has plans to set her up with a son of a friend. Vivian invites Wil to one of her dance shows and after the show, the two hang out.
At least not as main characters. Gao accepts Cho's marriage proposal. Against this backdrop, Wil and Vivian's romance becomes secondary to Wil and Ma's relationship. Saving Face is a 2004 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Alice Wu. Wil sees Vivian, who has come to see her mother. In Manhattan, the brilliant Chinese-American lesbian surgeon Wil is surprised by the arrival of her forty-eight year old widow mother to her apartment.
Wil approaches her and asks her to dance, even though there's no music, and kisses her in front of everyone. Forced by her mother Gao to come to the typical gathering at Planet China amongst family friends, Wil is closeted to her mother and the rest of the older adults. The presence of Ma affects the personal life of Wil, who is in love with the daughter of her boss at the hospital, the dancer Vivian Shing. A dedicated surgeon, Wil is also a dutiful daughter: she runs daily, takes extra shifts at the hospital without complaint. Alice shot that part in sequence—like our first kiss came first, before jumping into bed together and having to do any other sort of intimate stuff. .
How do their confessions help them to understand one another? Thinking about that and all of the gay Asian women who exist who will see this film is really exciting. On Vivian's request, Wil presents Vivian to her mother as a friend so that they can meet and the three share an awkward dinner. They run into each other at the hospital where Wil works, only to discover that Vivian's father is Wil's boss. The two lead characters are portrayed by Michelle Krusiec Wil and Lynn Chen Vivian. Vivian and her father have a tense relationship since Vivian is currently pursuing her love of modern dance instead of the more respectable ballet. Ma , lives with her mother Guang Lan Koh and father Wai Gung Jin Wang in Flushing, Queens. From then on, Gao lives with Wil.
Wil and her mother run out of the wedding and onto a bus, laughing. How does Wil's fear of revealing her relationship with Vivian keep her from feeling comfortable or honest with her mother? Wil apologizes, but Vivian challenges Wil to kiss her to prove her sincerity. She debates on whether to accept the affections of Cho, a man who has loved her for 15 years and is willing to father the child. Vivian reveals to Wil that she was accepted into a prestigious ballet program in Paris and is considering the offer. Wil then breaks up with her, knowing the offer is best for Vivian's career. Conflicts occur over space and expectations, especially when Ma tries to please her father by enduring an arranged dating process: the ordeal brings mother and daughter together in mutual appreciation and exasperation.
Remember, because that first kiss was the first time we actually kissed? Alice Wu's sharp first feature brings together many relationship concerns. Ma was banished from Flushing, Queens, when her father discovered that she was pregnant. Wil begins a relationship with Vivian Lynn Chen , a ballet dancer who'd rather be doing modern dance. I felt that that moment really captured intimacy. They were going to come to Sundance but it got too complicated.
Now that it is done and it exists in its form now, I realize that it actually does represent, not a movement, but it does represent something that has not ever been done before, and that to me is quite exciting. After realizing that love dominates over societal expectations, Wil rushes to the airport to catch Vivian. Unable to publicly display her love out of fear, Wil is left at the terminal as Vivian leaves for Paris. Saving face is at once an acknowledgment of ritual and collective identity, a self-reinvention, a reclaiming of roots and resistance simultaneously. I never really acknowledged that.
Wil points out the elderly pharmacist Yu as the father, who protests. At the wedding, Wil interrupts with a love note from the father of the child saying how much he loves her and wants to marry her despite their large age gap. Once her grandfather has promised that her mother would only return to Flushing remarried or proving that it was an immaculate conception, Wil tries to find a Chinese bachelor to marry Ma. The girls ignore them, while everyone else joins in to dance. Featuring the Chinese-American community, the film is in a mixture of and. Three months later, Wil goes to another party at Planet China, and Gao is now a couple with the father of her child.
She has nice lips though. They are usually older men and women from the old country or something like that, but rarely do you see two young Asian people, even heterosexual couples, in a relationship. I have the tendency to be intellectual when it comes to work, so when I get into my process I try and take the knowledge out of it. Vivian and Wil go to Vivian's apartment and the two kiss. The first time we actually kissed, it was very genuine.
Set up by Wil, Gao goes on several dates to find a man to father her child but remains uninterested. While Vivian still debates on the offer, Vivian's father speaks to Wil and talks her into convincing Vivian to accept the offer. She's also mother to 28-year-old Wilhelmina. We had been doing like non-stop crazy days. It is revealed later that her mother knows of her homosexuality, but is in denial of it.