Tigertail

2020

Drama

73
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 230

Synopsis


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April 25, 2020

Director

Cast

James Saito as Hank
Joan Chen as Joana
McCaleb Burnett as Carter
Tzi Ma as Grover
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840.15 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
91 min
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1.69 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
91 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by sleepyhowie 3 / 10 / 10

Inauthentic and distracting accent

If your Asian actors can't be bothered to imitate a Taiwanese accent or you can't hire a dialect coach to train them, at least dub their lines for chrissakes. It was absolutely painful and distracting to watch someone say that they are from central Taiwan in a full-blown Chinese accent.

Reviewed by htmlfreak 7 / 10 / 10

Striking a resonating chord with the Asian-American experience

In director Alan Yang's Emmy winning speech for Master of None in 2016, he said that despite there being 17 million Asian-Americans in this country, there was still a lack of representation in television and film. Tigertail is undoubtedly a step towards that direction. Set over four different time periods across both Taiwan and New York, Tigertail is an immigrant story at heart. When Pin-Jui (played by Tzi Ma) is still a teenager, he reluctantly enters into an arranged marriage as a means to provide money for his ailing mother. He leaves behind his girlfriend and emigrates to New York. After a few years, Pin-Jui and his wife have a daughter of their own, of whom Pin-Jui has a fractured relationship. From one angle, this immigrant story is formulaic. Parents, with nothing in common, struggle in a foreign land for the sake of their children. But from another angle, Yang shows us nuances and subtleties that demand a deeper inspection. The miniature piano that Pin-Jui scavenges for his wife but remains unplayed over the years. Pin-Jui repeatedly opening and closing the metal gate to his small grocery store through the seasons, showing the passage of time. Pin-Jui's daughter crying in the backseat after being scolded after a piano recital gone wrong. One nuance that reverberates throughout the film is language. The film features three different languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese Hokkien. Each language represents a different generation: Pin-Jui's mother exclusively speaks Taiwanese, Pin-Jui primarily speaks Chinese, and Pin-Jui's daughter speaks English. For the entire film, all of the dialogue between Pin-Jui and his daughter is in English. It's not until her father brings her to where he grew up and finally tells her the story of his upbringing: How he gave up his life for another. It's only here, in the final moments of the film where she speaks Chinese for the first time and asks, "What was her name?" Covering four different time periods in the span of a mere ninety minutes was an ambitious task, and for that reason, the movie feels particularly rushed. Perhaps more attention could have been placed on capturing the relationship between the father and daughter: This has always been a core piece of what it means to be a child of immigrants. Furthermore, the stitching of scenes across different time periods don't always translate well to Pin-Jui's character development as an adult. It's only until the final fifteen minutes of the film do you see this unfold. Overall, Yang is able to capture the right emotions in his directorial debut and tells a classic story in his own way. The subtleties, reflecting both an Asian-American heritage and relatable familial scenes establish a fulfilling level of depth to the film. True to his own words, you can't help but wonder what Yang will do next.

Reviewed by alexpitt-345-971699 7 / 10 / 10

Tigertail - Netflix Movie Review

I had been hearing some pretty good things about Tigertail, and I was excited to watch it on Netflix. Whilst I don't think that the film is as great as some people are making it out to be, it was still a fairly worthwhile watch. The main problem with Tigertail, and the thing which stops me from saying it's a great film, is the runtime. Usually, if anything, I'm saying that a film should have been trimmed down to make the pace flow better, but this film clocks in at under ninety minutes without credits, and it wasn't long enough to get invested in a story which spans multiple generations. Because of this, it was difficult to care much about any of the characters, or the stories they were trying to tell. Thankfully, the film is directed incredibly well, with some powerful performances, and this was enough to keep me locked in. Tigertail also has a great screenplay, with some heartfelt messages throughout. There were a lot of pieces that should have made for a great film, but it was hard to care about the characters when the story bounced around a lot and barely gave us anything to latch on to before taking us away to another time or place. Overall, despite the issues I had with the film, there were enough good elements that I can recommend checking it out if the synopsis sounds interesting to you. SCORE: 65%

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