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|Podcast| Go Back to China - Emily Ting


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Emily Ting is a producer and director, known for Go Back to China (2019), Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015) and The Kitchen (2012).

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
GO BACK TO CHINA is the kind of story I got into filmmaking to tell. After an amazing run with ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG, I knew that there’s a deeper, an even more personal story that I needed to tell. And this time, I’m turning the camera on my own family. Yes, this film is as autobiographical as they come.



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Praise for GO BACK TO CHINA

“A winning, fish-out-of-water coming-of-age comedy.” Kate Erbland, Indiewire
“Likable as a…fish-out-of-water tale in a novel setting.” Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Conceptually solid [and] briskly paced.” David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

“With GO BACK TO CHINA, writer-director Emily Ting imbues her semi- autobiographical sophomore feature with sunny, sweet charm. This fish-out-of-water story largely works, thanks to Ting’s light touch and the likability of YouTuber and music star Anna Akana.” Kimberly Meyers, Los Angeles Times



The semi-autobiographical film follows spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana), who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father (Richard Ng) to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life altering journey of self discovery, as Sasha discovers her passion for toy designing and learns to reconnect with her estranged family. A bittersweet portrait of a fractured family, the film also offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.



Writer/Director: Emily Ting
Cast: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu, Kendy Cheung, Aviva Wang
Executive Producer: Lowell Shapiro
Producer: Emily Ting, Sophia Shek, Frederick Thornton
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Cinematographer: Josh Silfen
Editor: Anthony Rosc
Production Designer: Adri Siriwatt
Sound Designer: Anne Tolkkinen
Music: Timo ChenRelease Date: March 6, 2020 (Theatrical/VOD), TRT: 96 minutes
Additional Credits: Music Supervisor: Liz Lawson, Casting Director: Amy Lippens and Mike Leeder

Go Back to China is a funny, heartfelt, and compelling portrait of what happens when today’s Millennial culture clashes with the old school, hard working values that families around the world have continued to instill and pass down. It also offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China



When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life-altering journey of self-discovery, as she learns the business from the ground up and reconnects with her estranged family in the process. Go Back to China is a hilarious, heartfelt, and compelling portrait of what happens when today’s Millennial culture clashes with the old school, hard-working values that families around the world have continued to instill and pass down. It also offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.
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