Trailer Watch: Tigertail, The Immigrant Drama From Master of None Co-Creator, Looks like This Year’s The Farewell

The Netflix movie, starring Tzi Ma and Joan Chen, premieres Apr 10.

Netflix has dropped the trailer for Tigertail, the immigrant  family drama written and directed by Master of None co-creator Alan Yang.

Yang, best known for his work on Parks and Recreation, won an Emmy for writing the ‘Parents’ ep of Master of None, which pays homage to Yang and star and co-creator Aziz Ansari’s immigrant parents.

Tigertail, which is based on events that happened to Yang’s family, is another tribute to his Taiwanese immigrant parents, this time told on a bigger canvas. Looking at the trailer, Tigertail exudes the same bittersweet vibe as Awkwafina-starring The Farewell. Both movies share the same actor, Tzi Ma, aka Hollywood’s go-to Asian dad.

Here’s the official synopsis of Tigertail, which was shot in Taiwan and New York.

“In this poignant multi-generational drama, 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.”

“Spanning continents and decades, from 1950s Taiwan to present-day New York City, Tigertail is written and directed by Emmy winner Alan Yang and features a supporting cast including Joan Chen, Yo-Hsing Fang, Kuei-Mei Yang, Kunjue Li, and Fiona Fu.”

When Yang shared the trailer on Twitter, he wrote, “Please share it with anyone who needs an escape for two minutes today, especially when Asian-Americans, who are facing an unprecedented time in our history. This film is love letter to my family and all of the Asian immigrants out there.”

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Tigertail premieres on Netflix Apr 10.

Photo:  Netflix




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