"The Farewell" is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lulu Wang.
The starring cast includes Awkwafina as Billi Wang, Tzi Ma as Haiyan Wang, Diana Lin as Lu Jian, Aoi Mizuhara as Aiko, Zhao Shu-zhen, Yang Xuejian as Mr. Li, Jim Liu as Doctor Song, Shuzhen Zhao as Nai Nai, X Mayo as Suze, Hong Lu as Little Nai Nai and others.

Here are "The Farewell" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Farewell movie?

A24 on Tuesday, May 07, 2019 released the trailer for "The Farewell" you can watch here:
The Farewell | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Plot summary

What is The Farewell movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Farewell" movie plot summary.

Aspiring Chinese-American writer Billi (Awkwafina) maintains a close relationship with Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) who lives in Changchun, China. After receiving a rejection letter for a Guggenheim Fellowship, Billi discovers from her parents, Haiyan (Tzi Ma) 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 from Japan, Hao Hao (Han Chen), 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 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 a life-threatening disease. 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 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.


Who plays who in the The Farewell movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Farewell" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is The Farewell movie release date?

"The Farewell" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 25, 2019 (Sundance), on July 12, 2019 (United States), on September 20, 2019 (United Kingdom), on December 19, 2019 (Germany), on January 24, 2020 (Turkey), on February 6, 2020 (Hungary) and on February 7, 2020 (Poland) distributing by A24, DCM Film Distribution, Entertainment Film Distributors, M2 Films, SND Films, Shaw Organisation, Showgate, The Searchers, Vértigo Films, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Leonine Distribution, NOS Audiovisuais, Roadshow Films, Tianjin Maoyan Media, Universum Film (UFA) and VVS Films.


What are The Farewell filming details?

The duration of the film is 100 minutes. With a budget of $3 million, the film grossed over $23.1 million.

"The Farewell" movie is rated "PG", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Farewell movie?

"The Farewell" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.6/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 97/100.

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