Alan Yang's Tigertail is one of the most eagerly anticipated film for Netflix viewers in recent times. And its recently-released trailer has only served to amp up the rising intrigue towards the film. For one, it brims with emotional gravitas, leaving you in utter awe of the sentiments it evokes - love for family, for one's homeland and for one's dreams.
The 2-minute trailer plays with a dreamlike quality to it, punctuated as it is with charmingly arresting shots of the protagonist Pin-Jui's younger days in Taiwan. Hong-Chi Lee plays the younger version of Pin-Jui, and he's cute as a button.
The raw present takes over from the dreamy past and we learn that the grown-up Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) is a broken man, who left behind his land and his love, to settle for an obscure, loveless married and working life in America.
The startling and pristine greenery of the Taiwan of Pin-Jui's past is in stark contrast with the claustrophobic present of America. As he grapples with a life of broken dreams, his relationship with his daughter Angela (Christine Ko) gets affected. For her sake and his, he decides to pick up the pieces of his shattered present and rebuild it into the life he'd always wanted to live. The gorgeously-shot scenes brim with emotions and unspoken poignancy that are as affecting as they are bracing.
Alan Yang, who has written, produced and directed the film, has reportedly modelled the character of Pin-Jui on his own father, which lends a deeply personal touch to the narrative. His heartfelt message on Twitter regarding the movie adds to the feeling. Read what he wrote on Twitter for the film, "Please share (this trailer) with anyone who needs an escape for two minutes today, especially Asian-Americans, who are facing an unprecedented time in our history. This film is a love letter to my family and all of the Asian immigrants out there.”
Tigertail stars Lee Hong-chi, Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Hayden Szeto, Yo-Hsing Fang, Kunjue Li, Fiona Fu, James Saito and Joan Chen in pivotal roles. It premieres on Netflix on 10th April.
Here is the official synopsis for Tigertail:
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.