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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.


V.V. Dachin Hsu


V.V. Dachin Hsu




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


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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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

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

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Touching, entertaining 3-generation family film
16 December 2002 | by taralegalSee all my reviews

Heartwarming "female" family film which shows diversity, yet also sameness, of 3 generations of an Asian/Asian American family. Although Dennis Dun excellently plays the good-natured, accommodating son-in-law to the compelling Tsai Chin, the film focuses on the familial relationships between the women - grandmother, daughters/sisters & granddaughter on a trip in an RV through "America." The wonderful cameos of established Asian American character actresses, most notably Beulah Quo, as the 3 friends of the grandmothers congratulating, then anxiously perusing the postcards from, their friend on her trip to "America", gives the film a flavor that touches the heart and warms the soul. Conflicts between and ever-changing emotional states of the characters hit true if one is familiar with Asian American culture, as well as dealing with universal situations, such as that sister rivalry & that of the older daughter Ming Yee's divorce from her spouse & justifying same to her young daughter (and the grandmother's efforts not to further strain the father-daughter relationship by trying to come to a compromise), which holds true in any culture. This is a "must-see" film for any Asian or Pan-Asian, but is also a very universal-themed film that any non-Asian will understand. Music score & cinematography adds a poetic touch to the film. An independent film, not one made to cater to the masses strictly for a profit - it tells a true story and would be appreciated by any true film lover. GO SEE IT!

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