Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWayne Wang
Written byTerrel Seltzer
Produced byTom Sternberg
Wayne Wang
Danny Yung
StarringLaureen Chew
Kim Chew
Victor Wong
Ida F. O. Chung
Cora Miao
Joan Chen
Amy Hill
CinematographyMichael Chin
Edited byRalph Wikke
Music byTodd Boekelheide
Project A Partnership
Distributed byOrion Classics
Release date
  • August 9, 1985 (1985-08-09) (U.S.)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart is a 1985 American comedy film directed by Wayne Wang and starring Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong, Ida F. O. Chung, Cora Miao, Amy Hill, and Joan Chen.


A Chinese immigrant widow faces the New Year with apprehension after it was foretold that it would be the year she would die. All of the things she wants to do before she dies come into focus, including seeing her daughter married and visiting China one last time to pay her respects.[1][failed verification]


Critical reception

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart was met with critical acclaim. The film has an rating of 88% (out of a possible 100%) on Rotten Tomatoes based on 8 reviews.[2]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film 3 out of 4 stars and wrote "What is remarkable is the way Wang deals with this complex set of emotions, in a movie that is essentially a comedy."[3]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection in August 2023.[4]



  1. ^ "Entertainment One - Divergent". Kochlorberfilms.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  2. ^ "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart". Roger Ebert.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Criterion Announces August Releases, retrieved 2023-05-16