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Tigertail (2020)



Critic Consensus: Uneven yet revealing, Tigertail offers a well-acted -- and ultimately valuable -- look at the immigrant experience in America.

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In this poignant multi-generational drama, Pin-Jui (Hong-Chi Lee) is a free-spirited yet impoverished young Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the difficult decision to leave his homeland -- and the woman he loves -- behind in order to seek better opportunities in America. But years of monotonous work and an arranged marriage devoid of love or compassion leave an older Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) a shadow of his former self. Unable to sympathize with his daughter Angela (Christine Ko) and at risk of living out his retirement in solitude, Pin-Jui must reconnect with his past in order to finally build the life he once dreamed of having.

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Fiona Fu
as Zhenzhen
Tzi Ma
as Grover
Hong-Chi Lee
as Kuei-Mei Yang
Hong Chi Lee
as Kuei-Mei Yang
Cindera Che
as Peijing
Tom Kemp
as Roger
Mike Massimino
as Impatient Customer
Dennis Funny
as Eddie, Bronx Hustler
Ryan Funigiello
as Party Guest
Cindy Im
as Quiet Woman
Aamira Martinez
as Bartender
Jake Hanson
as Restaurant Patron
Karen Cole
as Party Guest Friend
Terron Jones
as Uber Driver
Jill Dalton
as Gretchen
Fang Yo
as Hsing-
Chuck Taber
as Pedestrian
Ray Sheen
as Chinese Cook
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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (18)

More potent is the sense of choices made young becoming faultlines through a life, creaking under us across decades and continents.

April 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a very quiet, moving, and poignant intergenerational family saga with some lovely directorial flourishes.

April 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Yang's script is thoughtful and precise -- every character gets to be three-dimensional.

April 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Alan Yang has given us one immigrant's story that feels like his dad's unique, deeply felt experience, but also makes it reverberate like it's his own - and ours.

April 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[W]here the film stands out from other dramas of its type is in its poignant exploration of the little-discussed emotional consequences of single-mindedly pursuing the American dream.

April 10, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The film feels like a three-hour epic that's been slashed to 91 minutes, with crucial details reduced to crude bullet points for economy's sake. It isn't intimate, it's small.

April 10, 2020 | Full Review…
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