I laughed, but most importantly I cried while watching this movie. Anyone that has been raised by an Asian parent that wants nothing-but the best for their children (in-turn want them to be nothing short of perfect) will understand the humor and torment behind this film. Sure, it might be a bit zany with the whole mixture of sci-fi, martial arts, comedy, drama, and even a dab of horror/suspense.
Regardless of the non-traditional genre that this film is, I fell in love with Michelle Yeoh’s role of the mother. Although Chinese and Filipino culture have their differences, it really put me into my mother’s shoes, thinking about the kind of life that she could have had, had she not met my father and/or had I not been born.
The juxtaposition had me hooked, as I am slowly coming to terms with how life must have been for my mother, re-rooting her life and starting anew in America in her 20s with her family (and me). I even think back to the times when I was in elementary school and I would comment on your English ability, but life has come full circle for me, as I have experienced what it’s like to live in a foreign country where the language isn’t necessarily your first and/or primary language. Although I’ve managed to make a life for myself in Japan, it definitely doesn’t come without struggles with regards to the language barrier. Sure, I can express what I think and how I feel, but at times I feel like I come off as less intelligent than I would in my native language.
At any rate, this film holds a special place in my heart. Sure, it might seem niche to some, it sure hit the mark for me. Asian parents have a tendency to hold back on their communication at times, and sometimes they say things in a manner that can be hurtful, but in reality it comes from a place of love. Overall, I think this movie has really taught me to appreciate my mom, my upbringing, and the experience of being loved and raised in an Asian-American family household. Thank you, mom! I love you!