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Journey from the Heart (1999)

My American Vacation (original title)
Grandma Lee tours the California wilderness in a motor home with her Americanized family, teaches them Tai Chi and the ancient Chinese way to deal with modern American life.

Director:

V.V. Dachin Hsu

Writer:

V.V. Dachin Hsu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frederick Bailey Frederick Bailey ... Ray - R.V. salesman
Tsai Chin ... Grandma Lee
Dennis Dun ... Henry
Roger Fan ... Ming-Yee-Ba
Sasha Hsuczyk Sasha Hsuczyk ... Melissa
Kim Miyori ... Ming Yee
Deborah Nishimura Deborah Nishimura ... Ming Na
Lucille Soong ... Friend of Grandma
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Storyline

When a (grand) mother visits her two daughters in America, she finds out that they do not get along very well. During their voyage through America in a small camper, the tensions and irritations between the daughters arise. When the mother almost has an accident, they decide to make peace. Written by Edwin Ros <edwin.ros@nl.pwcglobal.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey from the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Beulah Quo's last feature film role. See more »

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Strength of vision, and inventive score...
28 November 2002 | by dave-1036See all my reviews

I found this to be a very touching film about a Chinese-American family that makes new discoveries about themselves when they take a vacation together. VV Dachin Hsu, the writer-director, must be applauded for having the strength to write and produce a film about a Chinese- American family, and if more people had her vision, then maybe there would be more and better roles for all Asian - American actors. The cast in My American Vacation, are all proven veterans of film and stage that help bring the story to life. We feel their pain, we feel their joy. Their acting coupled with an evocative and inventive score, composed by Joel Iwataki, has me waiting in anticipation of Ms. Hsu's next film.


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