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  • Director

    Lulu Wang

  • Starring

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Gil Perez-Abraham, Shuzhen Zhou

  • Run Time

    100 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Certificate


  • Language

    Mandarin; English; Japanese; Italian

  • Format


The Farewell


In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. Instead, they schedule an impromptu wedding-reunion, uniting family members so that everyone can surreptitiously say their goodbyes. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.


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