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Alice Wu’s Lesbian Rom-Com Was Influential, but Her Follow-Up Wasn’t Simple

Whenever she made “Saving Face, ” Wu did expect to influence n’t a generation of Asian-American actresses and directors. Her brand brand new Netflix movie comes in a much time that is different.

Whenever Alice Wu penned and directed her 2005 debut, “Saving Face, ” she knew it absolutely wasn’t likely to be your typical Hollywood rom-com. Other than the “Last Emperor” celebrity Joan Chen, cast extremely against kind as a frumpy (until she isn’t), mysteriously expecting mother, the ensemble consisted mostly of unknowns. A lot of the movie ended up being occur Flushing, Queens, and never perhaps the neighborhood’s prettiest components; plus the story itself dedicated to a budding lesbian relationship between two Chinese-American overachievers.

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