Award-winning film “Shanghai Calling” is a romantic comedy about a Chinese-American lawyer sent to Shanghai for a work assignment. The film was shot last year in Shanghai. Daniel Henney from X-Men Origins: Wolverines plays an American-born Chinese lawyer who has difficulty doing business in China because he can’t speak Chinese and doesn’t understand the culture. When a business deal implodes, he turns to an old China hand that is president of a chicken company, Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce and rides a Harley-Davidson. Spoiler alert: The film features “a clever but unassuming journalist” as well as real-life American businessman, AmCham stalwart and motorcycle enthusiast Jim Rice in a cameo role.
The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director.
Running Time: 90 minutes, Language: English & Mandarin with English subtitles.
DATE: Aug 9 (Thursday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 1 Ritan Road, Jian Guo Men Wai (corner of Guanghua Road and Ritan Road) – 建国门外日坛路1号
RSVP: to firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRANCE: free to members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Filmmaker and comedy writer Daniel Hsia has worked on the television comedies “Psych”, “Andy Barker, P.I.” and “Four Kings”, and has sold original pilot screenplays to Sony Pictures Television, ABC Network, and USA Network. “Shanghai Calling” is his first feature film.His interest in the expat world was sparked when a close friend, a young man who had never been abroad, moved to China and began relating to Daniel the hilarious experiences of Americans living there. Convinced there was a compelling story to be told, he spent two months roaming around Shanghai, interviewing locals and foreigners about their lives and absorbing every detail the city had to offer. Midway through his trip, the story for “Shanghai Calling” was born.