Awkwafina on Why "The Farewell" Was a Role She Had Never Seen Before

  • Published on Feb 5, 2019
  • The star of Lulu Wang's Sundance favorite discussed the film at the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox.
  • Film & AnimationFilm & Animation

Comments • 49

  • Arthur Watts
    Arthur Watts 15 days ago

    As much as I enjoy the chats with cast and director on this movie, I fear that the cracks in the traditional support structure for parents and grandparents in Asia may be all too real in 2019, Its sad to see the way older people have been allowed to fall through the cracks in many developed economies, but particularly so in countries like Singapore, HK and South Korea. I was stunned to see a documentary on the homeless in Singapore - one of the richest countries on earth - and especially when it showed older Singaporeans who had worked their entire lives forced to find somewhere to sleep at night. Completely unthinkable when you realise just how much money Singapore spends on public housing. We have a homeless problem here in Australia - growing larger each year - but for someone who has only visited Singapore as a tourist it seems like the most sanitised, state-sponsored place on earth (far more so than mainland China, IMO).

    Fortunately, there are people who care and I hope they can overcome something we've started to accept as a fact of life in far too many 'rich' countries.

    The very idea of spending weeknights on the streets because your HDB flat is too far from your workplace seems absurd, but I guess there are different versions of 'homeless' in a country with Singapore's incredible work ethic.

    (FWIW, there are worse places to be homeless than tropical Singapore - I was stunned to see homeless men huddled in a pedestrian overpass in Seoul, another city that just seems to incredibly rich from the time you get off the plane)

  • Lucy Willard
    Lucy Willard 2 months ago

    Loved the movie. On a random note, what is up with the pretend dead animals on the wall.....

  • Craig Wall
    Craig Wall 3 months ago

    These women are smart and gorgeous.

  • Chris K
    Chris K 3 months ago

    Love it all! Except the reminder of dead elks and deers whom I love and don’t want to see them on walls.

  • Kate
    Kate 3 months ago +1

    I value you! I am SOOO tired of the same thing over and over!!! I am looking forward to this movie because I want something new!

  • Keith Kishishita
    Keith Kishishita 3 months ago +1

    loved the film. I even understood many of the nuances of Chinese culture and language. Nora Lum is such a New Yorker, HA!

  • Auntie Rose
    Auntie Rose 3 months ago

    This is not an Asian story but simply a human story. 💜❤

  • redsands1001
    redsands1001 3 months ago +1

    I never met my grandmother back in Asia. We left when I was one. I paid for my mom to fly back when my grandmother was sick to see her and she got to be there for the funeral. Pretty sure this movie is going to wreck me.

  • 1000Orgasms
    1000Orgasms 3 months ago

    Sooo... is the movie on Dropbox? Lol :P

  • Ziyuan Liu
    Ziyuan Liu 3 months ago +8

    Awkwafina should be the next Mulan!

    • Chris K
      Chris K 3 months ago

      Ziyuan Liu don’t limit her! She can play anyone,!

  • Ray Chau
    Ray Chau 3 months ago

    Saw it today. It is heavy and honest script. U will love the movie.

  • Moz Forever
    Moz Forever 3 months ago +1

    Aquafina stole the show!!!

  • 888GoldenDragon
    888GoldenDragon 4 months ago

    Awkwafina! My Father (only Son) die in Hong Kong (1964) and my Grand Mother was in San Francisco. She was never told that he had Die!Even after we came to America she was told he stay behind to watch over the house.Family is core of my being.

  • S H
    S H 4 months ago +4

    I’ve seen this movie-it’s absolutely amazing! The universal theme that each culture tells its own lies especially resonates.

  • Lalalalala!
    Lalalalala! 4 months ago

    I want to watch this so bad but it isn't showing in my area

    • S H
      S H 4 months ago

      Lalalalala! Give it some time-it may come later.

  • Rui Bai
    Rui Bai 4 months ago +10

    Honestly! I saw my Chinese family in every single actress and actor in this movie. The Chinese scenes are so accurate, so familiar.

  • Judy Sowell
    Judy Sowell 4 months ago +1

    Great trailer. I teared up as well. As for value. I love watching Asian cinema. China has GREAT actors. These days while Hollywood is churning out gunk, I'd rather watch subtitled films than watch even the "A-listers" are acting in, truthfully. Less bad language and sex - more drama.

  • Jeralynn Kozak
    Jeralynn Kozak 4 months ago

    Looking forward to seeing it!

    • S H
      S H 4 months ago +1

      Jeralynn Kozak It’s unbelievably amazing-travel to see it if you have to!!!!

  • Phoebe Zhao
    Phoebe Zhao 4 months ago +2

    Just watched it today in Auckland, I cried like a baby. It’s such a well-made movie. I really appreciate it.

  • Snow Prince
    Snow Prince 4 months ago +1

    Wow lulu could pass as akwa’s sister!

  • Frank Martinez
    Frank Martinez 4 months ago +20

    Beautiful. Latino and asian culture value family. Thank you. Downey California

  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan Swift 4 months ago +4

    Many blessings on your success, Aquafina! Keep rockin' on into your success, notoriety and career!

  • C. Dong
    C. Dong 4 months ago +7

    Awkwafina has the face of Mulan!

  • sparksoffyou
    sparksoffyou 4 months ago +56

    So important for Awkwafina to get this role. Now she won’t be typecast. She’s too talented to be the zany friend in everything.

    • S H
      S H 4 months ago +5

      Edward Creter have you seen this movie? She absolutely shines and won’t be stereotyped as anything other than an amazing actor.

    • Edward Creter
      Edward Creter 4 months ago

      On the contrary, the unwritten rule goes: one stereotype is shattered, ten others are created in it's place. Thus, instead of playing the stereotypical Chinese kooky girl, she has become the stereotypical Chinese depressive woman, a walking Joy Luck Club. Only much more so. That's as Tao as it's gonna get.

    • simpliyvonne
      simpliyvonne 4 months ago

      sparksoffyou same thing I thought. It such an unexpected role for her. And I think it's awesome.

  • SoCali
    SoCali 4 months ago +27

    I was really impressed with Awkwafina's acting in the trailer for this movie. I'm not Asian but I think that regardless of what race or ethnicity you are the plot, emotions, and the style of this movie transcends all cultures and anyone can enjoy it.

    W1ND RXZURECT 4 months ago +2

    I can't wait for this movie!

  • natalievr
    natalievr 4 months ago +3

    I cried twice watching the trailer :,) .

  • jackuon
    jackuon 4 months ago +4

    amazing. can't wait for this film!

  • Calvin Bowen
    Calvin Bowen 5 months ago +2

    More films like this.

  • artj
    artj 5 months ago +18

    This movie was filmed I Changchun China. My hometown. Feeling warm.

  • ESPNGai
    ESPNGai 6 months ago +88

    Lulu and Awkwafina can be sisters.

    • David
      David 2 months ago

      Oh my gosh. That is what I thought too.

    • Cheusing Her
      Cheusing Her 3 months ago

      She really picked the right person to play herself 😌👌

    • Raimundo Silva
      Raimundo Silva 3 months ago


    • Shaw Katherine
      Shaw Katherine 3 months ago

      ESPNGai couldn’t agree more, they have so much common

  • Nando
    Nando 6 months ago +1

    How is her English so good and she doesn't know how to say 老师 in English?

  • Princess Julia
    Princess Julia 6 months ago +9

    Can someone tell me when this movie comes out in the cinema please

  • Jacob Wh Khu
    Jacob Wh Khu 6 months ago +78

    I teared up in the trailer. Awkwafinas performance is surprisingly poignant. She needs to get an Academy nom for this.
    This is truly an A24 material.

  • Nomblash Studio
    Nomblash Studio 6 months ago +6

    Im already in love with the cast here..cant wait for the Movie ..its gonna be amazing

  • Alice wonder
    Alice wonder 6 months ago +32

    Just saw the trailer for farewell and I'm already so touched! Great work by all!