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'Dim Sum Funeral' is all about family

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
June 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Director Anna Chi says 'Dim Sum Funeral' is all about family.Anger, resentment, issues and hurt feelings are all served up in "Dim Sum Funeral. The film's about four estranged Chinese American siblings who head back home to mourn their mother's death.

In "Dim Sum Funeral" all four siblings had issues with their mother, and they still have them with each other. The film is all about family, but since it's rated R-rated it's not a family film.

"It's very honest. That's why I didn't want to cut anything or compromise anything. You know sometimes in our lives "honesty" is the most important thing. Truth may not be very pretty, but you have to face it," said Anna Chi, director.

Working on a low budget but with high hopes, Anna Chi assembled a cast of well-known Asian actors to make up her family.

"I'm very proud of this movie and I'm very proud of my cast. I just think for them to be able to do something beyond or break from what they've been doing for a long time, it's a good way to show how good they are as actors," said Chi.

In the film, their mother's last request was for her kids to arrange a traditional Chinese funeral which takes seven days. It's during this time they learn not only about their mother, but also the meaning of "family."

"I want people to actually pick up the phone to call their mom and say, 'Mom, I love you I'm sorry if we had some, you know, glitches in our relationship, but I still love you. You're my mom,'" said Chi.

Anna has a very interesting real life story of her own. She grew up in China, and was a member of the Communist Youth League.

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