Dim Sum Funeral (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dim Sum Funeral2008

Dim Sum Funeral (2008)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Dim Sum Funeral Photos

Movie Info

Death brings a contentious family together (though that doesn't mean they get along) in this comedy-drama from director Anna Chi. When elderly Mrs. Xiao (Lisa Lu) dies in her sleep at home, her housekeeper and close friend Viola (Talia Shire) contacts her four adult children in hopes they'll come home to help with the funeral. Unfortunately, Mrs. Xiao didn't have many friends besides Viola, her children all have issues with her, and given her zeal to assimilate into American culture, the siblings are more than puzzled that she insisted upon a traditional Chinese funeral lasting a full seven days. Alexander (Russell Wong), a successful doctor, is still coming to terms with his overly strict mother and philandering father, and is unexpectedly reunited with his ex-wife (Kelly Hu), who he lost through his own infidelity. Elizabeth (Julia Nickson), a writer, also crosses paths with her former spouse (Adrian Hough) while she mourns both her mother and her young son. Victoria (Francoise Yip) has never been able to forgive her mom after she rejected her for marrying an African-American. And MeiMei (Steph Song), an actress, is a lesbian who wants to have children with her significant other Deedee (Bai Ling); they've been having trouble finding a suitable sperm donor, though they think one of the monks at the funeral may be just what they're looking for. Dim Sum Funeral received its world premiere at the 2008 AFI Fest.

Watch it now


Russell Wong
as Alexander
Francoise Yip
as Victoria
Steph Song
as Meimei
Kelly Hu
as Cindy
Julia Nickson
as Elizabeth
Chang Tseng
as Chow Lin
Lisa Lu
as Mrs. Xiao
Adrian Hough
as Michael
View All

Critic Reviews for Dim Sum Funeral

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

So jaw-droppingly misguided in its blend of mawkish sentiment and comic relief that it almost elicits one's grudging admiration.

June 11, 2009
Top Critic

There were plenty of opportunities for originality here, but other than toying with a layer of Asian exoticism, writer Donald Martin doesn't stray far from convention

July 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Too simplistic to be believable.

June 15, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Overly melodramatic and soap operatic. Very familiar episodic look at a comtemporary Chinese/American family and the gaps that divide them.

June 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Director Anna Chi's Chinese-American family drama, from a screenplay by Donald Martin, is ambitious in scope and banal in execution.

June 11, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dim Sum Funeral

I liked this movie. Through the circumstance of their mom's funeral, a Chinese-American family come together for the week-long traditional Chinese funeral. There is a lot to resolve - issues about the siblings relationships, and issues regarding their mother.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Dim Sum Funeral Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features