What Wesley Du has done is taken a play he wrote and decided to transform it into a short film called Dumpling. The film is truly amazing in the way that it tells the story of a father/son relationship that on the surface is dysfunctional and cold but underneath there is a strong sense of family and a desire to bond that for both is difficult. Each is trying to bring the other into their very different worlds without much success and the symbolism of the dumpling and how to make them is the son’s way to find the one emotional connection they share, his mother who is deceased. What is beautiful about the film is that it is loaded with so many questions that are not answered and that actually is what adds to the power of the story. The performances of both Jesse Wang (the father) and Won Lee (the son) are exceptional and they are able to create that on-screen chemistry that will leave your eyes watering in the end.
Dumpling will be screened at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Oct. 26th @ 9:30PM. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website: BAAFF