New York Film Locations

Saving Face Film Locations

5 May 2013

The controversial film, Saving face finally comes to otsoNY this month.

(Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen)

Saving Face is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Alice Wu, and focuses on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American surgeon; her unwed, pregnant mother; and her dancer girlfriend. The name itself is a reference to the pan-East Asian social concept of face.

(Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen)

Actress Michelle Krusiec, who has appeared in two other New York films, Sweet Home Alabama and more recently alongside Cameron Diaz in What Happens in Vegas is a surgeon living in Manhattan whose mother 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 played by 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.

(Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen)

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 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, a sweet but boring man she doesn't especially like.

(Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen)

Locations used include Cherry Lane Theatre at 38 Commerce Street and the TWA terminal at JFK airport in Queens.


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