Listen: China, Hannah, Asia discussed on They Call Us Bruce
"Hello and welcome to another edition of they call us. Bruce non filtered third conversation about what's happening in asia america. I'm phil you and i'm jeff yang and i hope you're having a great summer. I mean we've kind of been doing that for a little while. Now ah we've been we've been chilling and <hes> pooling and traveling and celebrating various things things you know can i can. I mention it that <hes> yeah so <hes> so fill is a brother-in-law yes. Yes <hes> that's his sister out to my sister hannah who has been on this show for and it was our correspondent from seoul olympics and she is now no longer solo album. Oh my goodness with the da- jokes <hes> yes yes. She got married a couple of weeks. Go to grads yeah so <hes> do a little traveling celebrate and such <hes> the thing. I think a lot of people know about actually the reason why i was like oh it's okay to share because i actually shared it on social media because the wedding actually marked like a pretty significant moment for my family i mean of course like you know <hes> inducting inducting someone else into the family now husband yeah <hes> i said this on social media but i'll say it again like i i usually don't share a lot of like personal stuff you know <hes> on especially on social media but <hes> particularly having to do with my family <hes> but <hes> <hes> this was pretty special so it's like a back in november my dad who <hes> we'd just turned seventy yet just like terrible freak accident where he actually like literally broke his neck actually <hes> and it was like it was really bad <hes> he had to go through like this crazy seven have an hour spine surgery. The doctor was like preparing for the worst. <hes> you know saying like he could be paralysed. We're like it was like it. It was hell on my family <hes> but <hes> my dad also is like super healthy superstrong. Mary athletic or is the healthiest seven-year-old you'll ever meet <hes> and <hes> basically he like has almost made a full recovery in the seven months since the accident you know and it was like i mean to seem in the state he was. There's two right after the accident. It's it's scared the shit out of you know <hes> but you know seven months later. He's like you know. We'll get the morning like oh man. He's going to walk all candidates. The i'll enough like you know that was like so so amazing and so i was like i think it's a it's something that it's pre inspiring so it was it was a special day. You know <hes> your dad is kind of a beast. He's really that's really crazy and i shared it. All social media in the outpouring of support from everybody was so amazing so incredible and then like i realized like and i was like yes it is. It's it's a great celebration and thank you super celebrating on for for me. I realise like every told my dad that i showed it on. All these strangers actually like totally celebrate again pulling for it is so you didn't tag them or anything not social media so <hes> and so it was just kind of funny but maybe i'll tell them bag. Let me send you this engagement report. Look at the inside talk so many shares anyway no. That's that's really really. It's a blessing <hes> two ways right and <hes> i mean hannah <hes> is amazing <hes> and you're very lucky and she is very lucky and center senator. She looked pretty. Damn happy from the big. It was amazing <hes> during the during the father daughter dance <hes> it was like there's not a dry eye in the room. I mean it was like it was just i it was crazy. It was it was crazy awesome amazing very happy <hes> just a moment for everybody well. That's sort of like a is a bit of <hes> preview of the theme list theme of this episode. We're going to do another episode which just us yep in <hes> ah good bad and the w._t._o. Breath <hes> amongst the two of us the three of us because we have are able young pro producer nick sanga <music> able young producer. That's the business cards also contrast which is we're just old then old uh-huh yeah or just over here yeah used up yeah but yeah so we're gonna do this as a good bad teeth and that sounds pretty much like a good. Is that your good or is that just a good. It's a that's a pretty significant one. I'm going to put that <unk>. As as are good you know and you know the purpose of this is like we haven't done this for a while while we're back in studio. It's a good time to catch up as well so as about as the best thing that's happened to me recently so i'll put that as my good well since you did a personal good. I'm gonna i'm gonna come back with a a cultural good <hes> especially after this weekend now look. I know we have hyped a lot of movies over the last year. It has been something of a year for us right cheerleaders shows. I'm not sure shed like bad films. I will i will support them morally and i'll say hey you know <hes> hope the fines audience but every time i come out and i and i say look watch this thing. Watch the series watch the show. It's because you will not be unhappy if you do. You'll you'll you'll love that thing and <hes> so christians we we talked a lot about. We had john searching yeah. We talked about always one. Maybe you know <hes>. We've talked a lot about that at look doc. It's a string you know. We're as a culture. We're doing pretty good but i will say that the film that opened this weekend holds holds kind of a special place in my heart album. I have a big heart at least big enough for four movies or five <hes> but <hes> the farewell. I'll open this weekend and new york and los angeles yeah. It's me release four theaters but it did open to the highest per screen screen average of any movie this year it actually beat a vendor's endgame and i think the special effects budget was much syria yeah well this. I mean we should explain 'cause. That's a little inside baseball that stat yeah yeah her screen average. I mean it's only four theaters. Yes people look at that like you know like vendors endgame opened in like a building four thousand the island like some crazy rally four thousand theaters screens basically <hes> and so that's what makes up it's gigantic you know first weekend box opposite but if you know when you cut it down <hes> you know sort of the the comparable size of to someone a release of spore theaters ears and it had it blew everything out of the water is one every movie out of the water so far so <hes> this little movie written directed by lulu wang and <hes> starring arc via aqua all all each cast all asian cast and let me and most of it was in chinese yeah right. This is <hes> a lot of subtitles a lot of chinese including being spoken by aquafina. She actually does a credible job and you say we're making this point that it's mostly in china chinese relied. I would call it. A holy asian-american totally brands part of asia right. I mean even though it's about a visit back okay so let's back up a little bit yeah <hes> to talk why this is such a special. The first is aquafina amazing. Lulu is amazing right. I mean i'm lou window director and writer and we have <hes> known her for a while. I've known her since she actually shadowed on fresh off the boat. Oh <hes> which <hes> is a television show that includes my son hudson yang and out of the way but yes i mean and and even back then i mean she this is her second feature i believe and <hes> even then i mean she was super smart earnest and really just <hes> i could tell already that lulu was going to do something amazing and then she just did it but the way she did. It was so incredibly incredibly fascinating so let's get this out there. <hes> we are podcast right and the beginning the wayfair well actually began was as as a segment on this american right and when she talked about this bizarre circumstance <hes> in her family in which her grandmother mother beloved grandmother had cancer was diagnosed with diagnosed lacey's cancer yeah term like internal eight four cancer or whatever and <hes> her family both in china the united states refuse to tell right because the the culture right like of china's such that what they basically say you know the old saying goes. If you get cancer you die. There's no there's no belief than in recovery and they'd rather you. You basically spend your days as happy as possible so <hes> the movie is based on a real lie right <hes> ah that's kind of like the the tagline for it and <hes> it features aquafina basically playing lulu <hes> going through this this situation situation where she goes with the family to china to visit their grandmother. One last time to the grandmother doesn't know it under the pretense of family wettest wedding and we say pretense. This is one of the funniest piece i wanna talk about this movie. <hes> everything you said in your good yeah it's sort of mapped out. Okay i right except you had a real wedding and this was about a fake wedding this about <hes> the cousin of awkward character billy ferriter <hes> <hes> is <hes> has a girlfriend that they've only been each other for about a month but in order to actually give an excuse for the family to get together. They agree to stage <unk> a wedding the n._s._a. We're getting married to drive together right just everything about it is a laris and heart wrenching and beautiful well and <hes> the performances brilliant the casting. Let's just talk about the cast aggravates incredible actually people are going to be. I think you only know l. Her firm you know certain things right like comedy and then my badge and all that stuff. You're going to be very surprised to see her. Are you know it's a different side of her entire. Body language is different but i will say i mean it shouldn't be that's surprising choosing a friendly talented but i would say the surprising thing to me is as good as she is. She's not even the best part about the moving. It's like the all these small roles yeah. <hes> are just so incredibly terribly well set with with actors who who blowed out character actors <hes> chinese-speaking from across america working in china as well and and you will believe this is a family you believe this. Is your family like shadow to tie ma. Who's been like basically everybody's dad like i said this when the mulan trailer <hes> dropped like tima and rosalind chao actually are where the golden age. They're playing everybody's. I've been playing parents of everybody so i was you who posted that about how like <hes> it's been like thirty years that time osborne losing track of his he doesn't lose track. I saw that and i was like you just lose track of a billion in the farewell go but he doesn't know where she is. Okay shows up on the on the door. She wasn't supposed to go into china and and <hes> in the movie i don't do too many sports now expired but basically like they think that she's not going to be all to actually keep a straight face."