Tigertail (2020)
April 14, 2020 10:03 PM - Subscribe

A Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities in this multi-generational drama.

Alan Yang gets very personal with this love letter to Asian America and his fever dream of an immigrant tale.
posted by toastyk (4 comments total)
My partner and I watched this a couple of days ago. It was wonderful! And Tzi Ma is a treasure. Highly recommendd.
posted by JohnFromGR at 12:34 AM on April 15, 2020

Tigertail is streaming in the US via Netflix.
posted by Etrigan at 8:30 AM on April 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

I actually had mixed feelings about this movie. Things I liked: the actors - Tzi Ma has been around for as long as I can remember, and the actor who played the young version of him, Hong-Chi Lee, was just great. Couldn't take my eyes off of him. Loved the atmosphere of it, the homages to In the Mood for Love, and the visuals.

What I didn't like: the dialogue. Even given my own difficulty with the language, I didn't feel any of the Mandarin/Taiwanese dialogue seemed realistic at all. I also felt the modern-day characters outside of Tzi Ma weren't well-drawn out.

Brian Hioe calls it a clumsy, diasporic fantasy of Taiwanese immigration, and I'm inclined to agree with him.
posted by toastyk at 9:02 PM on April 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

All of John Cho’s scenes were cut from the movie.

So many shots of characters staring into space accompanied by [sorrowful music]. So many.

I don’t have any standing to comment on the language issues, but I’ll co-sign all of the other criticism in Brian Hioe’s review.
posted by jimw at 9:51 PM on April 15, 2020

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