Check Out Sundance Hit ‘The Farewell’ Trailer, Starring Awkwafina

By Valerie Osipov, May 10, 2019

0 0

Grab your tissues: The official trailer for the latest buzzed-about Sundance hit The Farewell was released on May 7 – and it's going to hit you hard in the feels.

Based on the life of the film's own Chinese-American director Lulu Wang, the emotional A24 dramedy features Awkwafina in the lead role, a significant departure from her usual comical sidekick character.

The Asian-American comedian, rapper and actress (she does it all), best known for her hilarious part in Crazy Rich Asians and the more recent Ocean's 8, proves to be a natural when it comes to drama. 

Filmed in Changchun, the poignant story centers around Billi (played by Awkwafina), a young Chinese-American woman, who returns to China with her family to visit her ailing grandmother after discovering that she is dying from cancer. 

On top of that, they've decided to keep her terminal diagnosis a secret, concealing it with an impromptu wedding for Billi's cousin as a believable excuse to bring the entire family together so suddenly. The heart-rending indie flick follows Billi as she fights to stay strong in front of her dear grandmother while trying to understand her family's difficult decision to keep the truth hidden, exploring the cross-cultural differences behind the idea of whether or not honesty really is the best policy.

After a smashingly successful debut earlier this year at the annual Sundance film festival, The Farewell is set to hit the big screens in the U.S. on July 12. While there is no official release date announced for China at the moment, we're crossing our fingers that the Chinese mainland won't have to wait too long to embarrassingly sob along to the bittersweet film in theaters.  

Watch the official trailer below (VPN on):

[Cover image via @awkwafina/Instagram]

more news

Check Out This Concert at China’s 1st Natural Amphitheater

This month naked and Yinwu bring 'Time Reverb’ – an audio-visual experience – to Moganshan's new Rock Theatre.

Shii Talks Debut Album, Being Creative and Juggling Music Projects

We recently caught up with Shii in Guangzhou to talk about her new album, other creative projects and more as she prepares for a tour around China.

5 Fast Facts About Chinese-American Mandopop Idol Wang Leehom

The violinist turned singer is one of the biggest names in the mainland's music scene.

'Shanghai Fortress' Comes Crashing Down During Opening Weekend

The sci-fi blockbuster got off to a dismal start at the box office this weekend.

Hangzhou Producer Guan on Punk Roots and Cinematic Influences

As one of the co-founders of FunctionLab, Guan has had a major impact on the club scene in both his base in Hangzhou and farther afield in Shanghai.

This American Reporter Drove a Taxi in China for Years, Here's His Story

There are many ways to see China. Frank Langfitt chose the lesser trodden route: he drove a taxi.

3 New China Albums to Listen to This Month

A heady mixture of the best music China had to offer this month.

Is China's Sci-fi Cinema Movement Ready to Take Off?

The age of sci-fi is just beginning for Chinese cinema.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsTianjin for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Tianjin With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Tianjin!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.