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The Disappearance of Mrs. Wu

2021
1h 28m
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Cast

Lisa Lu (Lily Wu)Michelle Krusiec (Mary Wu Carter)Rochelle Ying (Emma Carter)Tiffany Wu (Karen Chan)Joely Fisher (Charlotte Kelly)Adrian Pasdar (Brian Carter)Archie Kao (David Wu)Eugenia Yuan (Angela Wu)Brandon Soo Hoo (Ben Wu)Taeho K (Henry Carter)Joseph Tran (Eddie Chan)Da'Vinchi (Rick Larson)Michael Welch (Dr. Jim Conrad)Gonzalo Menendez (Detective Martinez)Sufe Bradshaw (Jill Crane)Presciliana Esparolini (Dr. Taylor Sierra)Craig Gellis (Ron Stevenson)Jon Curry (State Trooper Jackson)

Director

Anna Chi

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Synopsis

Aware that her time is running short, irascible Wu family matriarch Lily (Lisa Lu) is eager to repair the strained relationship with her adult daughter Mary (Michelle Krusiec) and help her shy 18-year-old granddaughter Emma (Rochelle Ying) find her voice. As her final wish, she persuades longtime friend Charlotte (Joely Fisher), Emma and Emma's best friend Karen (Tiffany Wu) to spring her from her Los Angeles nursing home and all four set out on a wild road trip up the coast to Carmel - without telling the girls' parents. Stopping at a bed-and-breakfast, Emma watches a videotape Lily gives her in which her late father explains to her his absence when she was a young child, and Karen reveals a secret of her own. When Emma finally tells her worried parents where she is, they race up to Carmel for an emotional family reunion - and a surprise performance on a TV singing competition Lily has arranged for Charlotte and Emma. As long-hidden family secrets are uncovered, Mary and Emma each come to understand the painful choices their immigrant mothers made and Emma finds the courage to take a chance on a budding romance with classmate Rick (Da'Vinchi). A funny and touching multi-generational story about family, forgiveness and being true to oneself, The Disappearance of Mrs. Wu is directed by Anna Chi (Lost Summer, Dim Sum Funeral) from a screenplay by Donald Martin (Milton's Secret, Dim Sum Funeral) and Anna Chi & Ella Lee (Swimming). Story by Anna Chi & Donald Martin. The film stars Lisa Lu (Crazy Rich Asians, Dim Sum Funeral), Michelle Krusiec ("Hawaii Five-O," "Hollywood"), Adrian Pasdar ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Colony"), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny; Jasmine), Brandon Soo Hoo ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," "Ender's Game") and Da'Vinchi (The Way Back, "Grown-ish") with Archie Kao ("C.S.I.," Legend of the Ancient Sword) and Joely Fisher (The Disappointments Room, "Ellen") and newcomers Rochelle Ying and Tiffany Wu. Producers are Anna Chi and Erica Brady Trotter (Dope, Roxanne Roxanne). Executive producers are Bob Berney (The Women, Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan), Jeanne R. Berney (The Clovehitch Killer), Xiaohong Chen (Swimming) and Douglas Hans Smith (Independence Day, Evan Almighty). Director of photography is Tony Cutrono ("The Stand," Furious 7). Production designer is Carol Uraneck (She's Missing, "Virtually Mike and Nora"). Costume designer is Jonathan Parra ("Stranger Things," "On My Block"). Editor is Cecilia Hyoun ("Mrs. Fletcher," The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run). Original score by Kenneth Burgomaster ("Stuck in the Middle," "Hannah Montana"). The film features the song "What I need" by Hayley Kiyoko (feat. Kehlani).

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