Pushing Hands (1992)

Director:Ang Lee Producer:Hsu Li Kong Screenplay by:Ang Lee, James Schamus Cinematography:Jong Lin  Edited by:Ang Lee Running time:105 min Country:Taiwan, Republic of China Language: Mandarin Chinese, English Genre:Comedy, Drama  Subtitle:English,    Starring:Sihung Lung, Deb Snyder, Bo Z. Wang



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Amiens International Film Festival 1992

Best First Film
Ang Lee 

Asia-Pacific Film Festival 1992

Best Film
Ang Lee 

Golden Horse Film Festival 1991

Golden Horse Award
Best Leading Actor
Sihung Lung 
Best Supporting Actress
Lai Wang 
Special Jury Award
Central Motion Pictures 
Golden Horse Award
Best Cinematography
Jong Lin 
Best Feature Film
Best Director
Ang Lee (director) 
Best Original Screenplay
Ang Lee 
Best Film Editing
Ang Lee 
Best Sound Recording
Chih-Cheng Wang 
Best Original Film Score
Tai-An Hsu 



Pushing Hands (Chinese: 推手; pinyin: tuī shǒu) is a film directed by Ang Lee. Released in 1992, it was his first feature film. Together with Ang Lee''s two following films, The Wedding Banquet (1993) and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), it forms his "Father Knows Best" trilogy, each of which deals with conflicts between an older and more traditional generation and their children as they confront a world of change.

The film was first released in Taiwan. After The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman became successful in the United States, Pushing Hands received a U.S. release.

The story is about an elderly Chinese t''ai chi ch''uan teacher and grandfather who emigrates from Beijing to live with his son, American daughter-in-law, and grandson in a New York City suburb. The grandfather is increasingly distanced from the family as a "fish out of water" in Western culture. The film shows the contrast between traditional Chinese ideas of Confucian relationships within a family and the much more informal Western emphasis on the individual. The friction in the family caused by these differing expectations eventually leads to the grandfather moving out of the family home (something very alien to traditional expectations), and in the process he learns lessons (some comical, some poignant) about how he must adapt to his new surroundings before he comes to terms with his new life.

Outstanding, Quiet and Personable Film
7 March 2001 | by Mitch-38 (Houston, Texas)
The adage of "Great things come in small packages" aptly applies to PUSHING HANDS/TUI SHOU. The film deftly tells its story with charm,
humor and grace. A son''s elderly father is the newest part of the family, and troubles therein lie. Essentially, it''s a story of one family,
yet could easily fit into many households. So many topics are breached, under the gentle, loving eye of the director (Ang Lee). The leads, the venerable Sihung Lung, Deb Snyder and Bo Z. Wang, do a credible job bringing this story to life. Recommended.

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