Dim Sum - A little bit of Heart
by Wayne Wang
The widowed Mrs. Tam lives with her youngest daughter Geraldine, who was born in the US, in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Her other children have already moved out.
Geraldine, thirty years old, unmarried, and a student would rather have her own place. Yet, she tells herself that she should stay with her mother and with her uncle Tam, an easygoing bar waiter whom Mrs. Tam hopes to marry some day if only Geraldine would move out and get married.
When a fortune teller reveals to Mrs. Tam that she will die soon, she has one wish, to go “home” one last time to China; so great is her desire for her daughter to finally get married.
But maybe Mrs. Tam actually likes Geraldine living with her, and maybe uncle Tam’s intentions are not so serious, and that Geraldine is quite happy to use her mother as an excuse, so as not to get married…
Wayne Wang is a key figure in the development of independent filmmaking, alternating major Hollywood studio films such as THE JOY LUCK CLUB with smaller, independent work like SMOKE. Continuing to work in the two different worlds, Wang directed an independent digital film, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, with Molly Parker and Peter Sarsgaard, followed by Sony/Revolution’s hit comedy MAID IN MANHATTAN with Jennifer Lopez. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE based on the children’s novel by Kate DiCamilo, opened in 2005. His latest Hollywood film, LAST HOLIDAY, with Queen Latifah and Gerard Depardieu, was loosely based on a 1950 J.B. Priestly film of the same name.
Laureen Chew - Geraldine Tam
Kim Chew - Mrs. Tam
Victor Wong - Uncle Tam
Ida F.O. Chung - Auntie Mary
Screenplay: Terrel Seltzer
Based on an idea by: Terrel Seltzer, Wayne Wang, Laureen Chew
Executive Producer: Vincent Tai
Producer: Tom Sternberg, Wayne Wang, Danny Yung
Director of Photography: Michael Chin
Editor: Ralph Wikke
Music by: Todd Boekelheide
Format: 35mm / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Stereo
Length: 87 min
Original language: English, Cantonese
Original title: Dim Sum: A little bit of Heart