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Daniel Hsia brings "Shanghai" to New York

07-30-2012 09:23 BJT

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A growing number of American professionals have moved to China in the last decade to ride the economic boom. For these American expatriates, day-to-day life in China can be chaotic, exciting and often funny. That experience is the subject of the romantic comedy "Shanghai Calling", which is being screened at this year’s Asian American International Film Festival in New York. We take a look at what the American director Daniel Hsia, a former TV comedy writer whose parents were born in Shanghai, has to say about this US-China production.

Director Daniel Hsia and producer Janet Yang are bringing their international rom-com "Shanghai Calling" to New York, for the Asian American International Film Festival.

Daniel Hsia, Director of "Shanghai Calling", said, "It’s really exciting to be here in New York City. Having the New York City premiere at Asia Society. I mean Shanghai and New York are such similar cities. Some people would say that Shanghai is the New York of China and both cities are bustling with people, incredible architecture. At the same time they’re both the financial capitols of our two countries."

Director Daniel Hsia and producer Janet Yang are bringing their international rom-com "Shanghai Calling" to New York, for the Asian American International Film Festival.

Daniel Henney stars as Sam, an American lawyer sent to work in China to close a major business deal - simply because he is the only Chinese American on staff. Unable to speak Chinese and with practically no knowledge of Chinese customs, Sam immediately gets himself into a big mess. To dig himself out of trouble, he solicits help from a few China "experts" in the expat community, including Amanda Wilson, a relocation specialist and Sam’s soon-to-be romantic interest.

Director Daniel Hsia and producer Janet Yang are bringing their international rom-com "Shanghai Calling" to New York, for the Asian American International Film Festival.

Producer Janet Yang hopes the film will create a better understanding of the modern, bustling metropolis that is Shanghai.

Janet Yang, Producer of "Shanghai Calling", said, "One of the things is just getting a glimpse into modern Shanghai which is a pretty sexy place to be right now it’s got amazing blend of east and west and old and new and there is an intense curiosity about China these days because it is so front and center in people’s minds."

Bill Paxton, Alan Ruck, and rising star Zhu Zhu also star in the film which is set for release in China later this summer.

Director Daniel Hsia and producer Janet Yang are bringing their international rom-com "Shanghai Calling" to New York, for the Asian American International Film Festival.

Director Daniel Hsia and producer Janet Yang are bringing
their international rom-com "Shanghai Calling" to New York,
for the Asian American International Film Festival.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

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