Tigertail is Netflix’s upcoming Taiwanese/American feature from writer/director Alan Yang, whose name you might know from little comedy series such as Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and Master of None. He’s not trying to tickle your funny bone this time though, instead he’s gathering all your heart strings together for an incredibly poignant drama.
It follows the life of a poor Taiwanese factory worker, Pin-Jui (Hong-Chi Lee), who leaves the love of his life and all he knows behind when he enters into an arranged marriage that offers him the opportunity to move to America for a better life. Many years later, the older Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) is a shell of his former self, worn down by years of hard work, his loveless marriage, and filled with regret for his mistakes – including a poor relationship with his now-adult daughter, Angela (Christine Ko). But a chance encounter sets him on a path to find some of the peace and happiness he so desperately craves.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
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.
Let’s take a look:
This looks like an excellent drama that’s going to try its best to squeeze a tear out of you.
What do you think?
Tigertail is due for release on Netflix on 10 April. It also stars Kunjue Li, Fiona Fu, Hayden Szeto, Joan Chen, Cindera Che, and James Saito.
Last Updated: March 27, 2020