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2018 SDAFF Spring Showcase


Directed by Mina Shum

Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2017 / comedy, drama, family / 94 mins / Cantonese, English, Mandarin with English subtitles / DCP

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UltraStar Mission Valley
Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 7:00PM


Official Selection, 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Cheng Pei Pei, Tzi Ma, and Sandra Oh headline Mina Shum’s latest, a comedy of self-discovery set in and around Vancouver’s Chinatown. Cheng plays 60-year-old Maria, whose marriage to Bing seems the paragon of happiness. While doing laundry one day, Maria finds in Bing’s pants pocket a piece of women’s underwear much more neon and youthful than any she would wear. First, she feels paralyzed by the discovery. Then, she comes into her own as an amateur sleuth, ducking around town for clues of adultery and learning to ride a bike so she can shadow her husband, who has in recent days been prone to “working late.”

As Maria takes her marriage into her own hands, she learns to value life on her own terms, from her relationship with her adult children, to getting her first paying job in decades, to making new friends, including a clan of loudly vocal and loudly dressed neighborhood women who show her how to grow old with style. Her expanding world is rendered dearly under Mina Shum’s direction, from Cheng Pei Pei’s nervous gait to Tzi Ma’s petulant flapping of his feet in bed. These are legends doing what they do best, and MEDITATION PARK is just the old-fashioned comedy to let their talents shine. –Brian Hu

Co-presented by: San Diego Chinese Women’s Association, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent AssociationUSD United Front Multicultural CenterConfucius Institute at SDSUWells Fargo Asian Connection

Director's Bio

1994: Double Happiness
1997: Drive, She Said
2002: Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity
2015: Ninth Floor


Executive Producer: Cheng Pei Pei
Producer: Mina Shum, Stephen Hegyes, Raymond Massey
Writer: Mina Shum
Starring: Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Don McKellar, Tzi Ma

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UltraStar Mission Valley
Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 7:00PM