Dim Sum Funeral
Cast: Bai Ling, Chang Tseng, Julia Nickson, Kelly Hu, Lisa Lu, Russell Wong, Steph Song, Talia Shire
An Irish funeral has whats called a wake.
A Jewish funeral has whats called sitting shiva.
A traditional Chinese Funeral is something else entirely
In a stately home, sixty-something Mrs. Xiao (Lisa Lu) lies in her bed, immobile, eyes shut. Her longtime housekeeper and, some might say, her only friend, Viola Gruber (Talia Shire), a force of nature whos been with the family since the kids were in diapers, must now call each of the four children to inform them their mother has passed away.
Eldest daughter Elizabeth (Julia Nickson) lives in Maui and is stuck in a marriage that is falling apart. Son Alexander (Russell Wong) is in Manhattan. A successful dermatologist, hes married to a former Miss Taiwan (Kelly Hu) and cheating on her. Middle daughter Victoria (Francoise Yip) lives nearby. Victoria cant stop nibbling on chips and chocolates and cant stop being angry with her mother. Youngest daughter Meimei (Steph Song) is the star of B-grade Hong Kong martial arts films. Shes gorgeous, funny, and a bit of a princess. Shes also in a lesbian relationship (Bai Ling) and looking to.have a baby.
All the Xiao children had issues with their mother. She was domineering, manipulative, controlling, imperious, meddlesome, selfish, secretive, rigid, and a bitch. The kids have issues with each other as well. Mrs. Xiao had made them compete for her affections, pitting one against the other, and, so, they came to view one another as opponents. And they still do.
Now, here they are, gathered in the mansion built by their late father to bid farewell to their mother. Mrs. Xiaos dying wish, Viola says, was to have a traditional Chinese funeral.
Coming together, albeit reluctantly, to carry out this traditional funeral, the four Xiao children discover each other all over again and come to know their mother in ways they never fathomed, in this touching and funny look at family life.