The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lulu Wang.

Official trailers

A24 on Tuesday, May 07, 2019 released the trailer:
The Farewell | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Story intro

Aspiring Chinese-American writer Billi maintains a close relationship with Nai Nai (a term used to mean 'paternal grandmother' in Mandarin) who lives in Changchun, China. After receiving a rejection letter for a Guggenheim Fellowship, Billi discovers from her parents, Haiyan and Jian, that Nai Nai has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and is predicted to have only a few months left to live. Through deception and manipulation of medical test results, the diagnosis is kept a secret from Nai Nai herself. Nai Nai is, instead, falsely told that her recent doctor visits have only revealed benign findings. A wedding for Billi's cousin, Hao Hao, from Japan has been planned in China, as an excuse to unite the family to spend what is expected to be one last time with Nai Nai. Fearing Billi will end up exposing the lie to her grandmother, Haiyan and Jian tell her to remain in New York City. Billi disobeys her parents' orders and flies to Changchun, shortly after the rest of the family arrive there. Billi assures her parents that she will not reveal the cancer diagnosis to Nai Nai. Throughout the trip, however, she clashes with the rest of the family, including the doctor treating her grandmother, over their deliberate dishonesty towards her grandmother. Guilt-ridden, Billi expresses conflicted thoughts with her parents over the Chinese cultural beliefs that result in a family refusing to disclose such a life-threatening disease with the matriarch. One night, her uncle, Haibin, contends that the lie allows the family to bear the emotional burden of the diagnosis, rather than Nai Nai herself - a practice of collectivism that Haibin acknowledges to Billi differs from the individualistic values common in Western culture. Billi later learns that Nai Nai also told a similar lie to her husband up until his death when he was terminally ill.


Billi Wang (王比莉)
Tzi Ma
Haiyan Wang (王海燕), Billi's father
Diana Lin
Lu Jian (陆建), Billi's mother
Aoi Mizuhara
Aiko (爱子), Hao Hao's girlfriend
Hong Lu
Little Nai Nai (as Lu Hong)
Yang Xuejian
Mr. Li
Yongbo Jiang
Uncle Haibin (as Jiang Yongbo)
Jim Liu
Doctor Song (as Liu Zhuying)
Shuzhen Zhao
Nai Nai
X Mayo
Hong Lin
Doctor Wu (as Lin Hong)
Becca Khalil
Han Chen
Hao Hao (as Chen Han)
Xiang Li
Aunty Ling (as Li Xiang)
Hongli Liu
Aunty Gao (as Liu Hongli)
Shimin Zhang
Michael (as Zhang Shiming)
Jing Zhang
Gu Gu (as Zhang Jing)
Jinhang Liu
Bao (as Liu Jinhang)
Xi Lin
Wedding Coordinator (as Lin Xi)
Shi Lichen
Big Chef
Lin Wang
Reception at Massage Parlor (as Wang Lin)
Xin Yue
Masseuse #1
Xiaoxiao Sun
Masseuse #2 (as Sun Xiaoxiao)
Dong Li
Gu Fu (as Li Dong)
Puxia Qin
Little Gu Gu (as Qin Puxia)
Ruiqi Wang
Little Gu Fu (as Wang Ruiqi)
Yuqiu Geng
Funeral Cryer (as Geng Yuqiu)
Yuzhuo Wang
Ye Ye (as Wang Yuzhuo)
Shouchang Xiao
General Ma (as Xiao Shouchang)
Yonghua Zhao
General Fu (as Zhao Yonghua)
Zuohai Jiang
General Zhu (as Jiang Zuohai)
Xinyang Lv
Teenage Girl #1 (as Lv Xinyang)
Jing Chen
Teenage Girl #2 (as Chen Jing)
Weifeng Sun
Copy Center Boss (as Sun Weifeng)


The film The Farewell was scheduled to be released on January 25, 2019 (Sundance), on July 12, 2019 (United States), on September 20, 2019 (United Kingdom), on December 19, 2019 (Germany) and on January 24, 2020 (Turkey) by A24, DCM Film Distribution, Entertainment Film Distributors, Shaw Organisation, The Searchers, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Tianjin Maoyan Media, VVS Films and Vértigo.

The duration of the film is 98 minutes. With a budget of $3 million, the film grossed over $19.6 million.

The film had received a "PG" rating.


The Farewell got high rating from critics.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: The Farewell

Wikipedia: The Farewell (2019 film)

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