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An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama. Wilhelmina Pang (Michelle Krusiec) is a surgeon living in Manhattan whose mother (Joan Chen) is eager for her to settle down with a nice man and get married. What Ma doesn't know is that Wilhelmina happens to be a lesbian -- or rather, Ma prefers not to acknowledge it, since she once walked in on Wilhelmina and her girlfriend several years before. As it happens, Wilhelmina is looking for someone special in her life, and thinks she may have found her in Vivian (Lynn Chen), a beautiful dancer, but a fear of commitment and a desire to keep her medical career on track is making their relationship problematic. As Wilhelmina tries to get her love life in order, her mother's shifts into crisis mode. Ma, a 48-year-old widow, has just discovered she's pregnant, and her staunchly traditional father (Li Zhiyu) will not allow her back into the home they share until she's married someone respectable. Unwilling to name the father of her baby, Ma is forced to move in with Wilhelmina, and while enduring the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy she is being pressured by friends and relatives to marry Cho (Nathaniel Geng), a sweet but boring man she doesn't especially like. Saving Face was the first feature film from writer and director Alice Wu. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 27, 2005


Michelle Krusiec
as Wilhelmina Pang
Joan Chen
as Ma
Lynn Chen
as Vivian Lu
Li Zhiyu
as Wai Gung
Shen Guanglan
as Wai Po
Jessica Hecht
as Randi
Ato Essandoh
as Jay
David Shih
as Norman
Brian Yang
as Little Yu
Mao Zhao
as Old Yu
Wang Luoyong
as Dr. Liu
Clare Sum
as Mrs. Wong
Qian Luo
as Mrs. Liu
Richard Chang
as Stephen
Saidah Arrika Ekulona
as Nurse #1
Jackson Ning
as Mr. Chen
Twinkle Burke
as Hospital Receptionist
Hoon Lee
as Raymond Wong
Ruth Zhang
as Mrs. Yao
Brittany Perrineau
as Dara
Lu Yue
as Stoic Date
Christy Qin
as Nurse at Clinic


Alice Wu
Will Smith
James Lassiter
Teddy Zee
Alice Wu
Harlan Bosmajian
Alysia Oakley
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Sanko
Composer (Music Score)
Sabine Hoffman
Susan Graef
Jeff Morin
Associate Producer
Scott Macaulay
Executive Producer
John Penotti
Executive Producer
Robin O'Hara
Executive Producer
Mylene Santos
Set Decorator
Jill Newell
Costume Designer
Noah Vivekanand Timan
Sound/Sound Designer
Carrie Fix
First Assistant Director
Bill Trautvetter
Camera Operator
Michael Terrace
Noah Vivekanand Timan
Sound Mixer
Heidi Griffiths
Jaclyn Brodsky
Dominick Tavella
Re-Recording Mixer
Kenda Greenwood
Abigail Stowe
Costumes Supervisor
Mark Sonderskov
Danny O'Grady
Negative Cutter
Manuel Billeter
First Assistant Camera
Robert Sciretta
Bergen Swanson
Line Producer
Bergen Swanson
Unit Production Manager
Anguibe Guindo
Boom Operator
David Flanigan
Camera Loader
Fred Wu
Production Assistant
Angela Gallagher
Key Make-up
Mariana Hellmund
Script Supervisor
Stuart Stanley
Sound Effects Editor
Jonah Oskow
Rita Powers
Extra Casting
David Troutman
Dolly Grip
Scott Ferlisi
Assistant Location Manager
Scott Ferlisi
Production Assistant
Jacq Donegan
Production Assistant
Kevin Baskerville
Mark Clayborne
Production Assistant
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator
Bobby Johanson
ADR Mixer
Ana Pelaez
Production Secretary
Bart Grieb
Julie O'Grady
Negative Cutter
Christopher Lagdamen
Production Assistant
Divine Cox
Ethan Borsuk
Camera Loader
Gordon Minette
Musical Performer
Peter Fackler
Tristan Avakian
Musical Performer
Nancy Cabrera
Foley Artist
Chin-Yin Chen
Jonny Solomon
Personal Assistant
Fred Heid
Color Timing
Anastasia Leopold
Production Assistant
Larry Riley
Still Photographer
Russ Senzatimore
Assistant Editor
Dan Block
Musical Performer
Alex Hoyt
Mariela Comitini
Second Assistant Director
Collin Smith
Location Manager
Garo Yellin
Musical Performer
George Bianchini
Steadicam Operator
Terry Ellen Ladin
Production Coordinator
Fay Smith
Personal Assistant
Edmund Levine
Assistant Properties
Michael Hekmat
Production Assistant
Colleen Nowers
Art Department Coordinator
Parris Mayhew
Camera Loader
Marisa Wu
Assistant Location Manager
Ryan Collison
Foley Mixer
Frank Vilardi
Musical Performer
Valerie Evering
Production Assistant
Branka Mrkic-Tana
Dialogue Editor