Tigertail

Tigertail

Tigertail

Two stories from different generations intertwine in this feature debut from Emmy winner Alan Yang (Master of None). One, a 1950s tale of a young Taiwanese man who leaves his home to find work in America, affects the other, a modern-day story of a daughter struggling to connect with her elderly father.

Pin-Jui (Hong-Chi Lee) is a free-spirited yet impoverished young Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the difficult decision to leave his homeland - and the woman he loves - behind in order to seek better opportunities in America. But years of monotonous work and an arranged marriage devoid of love or compassion leave an older Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) a shadow of his former self. Unable to sympathize with his daughter Angela (Christine Ko) and at risk of living out his retirement in solitude, Pin-Jui must reconnect with his past in order to finally build the life he once dreamed of having.

2020Rating: PG, Mild themes, mild coarse language91 minsUSA
Drama

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Variety

Variety

By drawing on specifics from his family story, Yang offers audiences — especially those with parents who were born abroad, as his were — a chance to see reflections of their own experience in a film determined to reconcile the gap between an immigrant father and his American-born child.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is as if memory is a vital ingredient that makes the drama live, with a throb that the here-and-now doesn’t have.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

There’s a heartbreaking current of loneliness and alienation that flows beneath even the most romantic scenes in Tigertail, a current that rises to the surface in shots of Ma eating dinner alone in his immaculately furnished, completely silent town house.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Based very loosely on his dad’s own relocation and assimilation into American life, writer-director Alan Yang’s directorial debut has a way of gingerly lifting you up then quietly breaking your heart.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

While the movie doesn’t achieve the narrative mastery of its influences, Yang’s first feature has a touching emotional through line grounded in authenticity.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Yang's script is thoughtful and precise: every character gets to be three-dimensional. Although the point of view is always Pin-Jiu's, Yang understands Angela's hurt, her yearning for her dad's love.

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