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Now in the movie industry. The settings are two of the most vibrant places in the world and the theme is a battle over money and power. The new independent film Supercapitalist is the creation of an ambitious Chinese American filmmaker whose movie is being released worldwide to much acclaim. Our U.S. correspondent Michaelene Tetteh was at the premiere in Los Angeles.
Hedge fund trader Conner Lee stands to be a young multimillionaire if implements the plan given to him by his bosses. He is sent from New York to Hong Kong to orchestrate the hostile takeover of a major family-run corporation. The new film, $upercapitalist, is believed to be the first English-Language financial thriller featuring a predominately Asian cast set in two of the world's biggest financial centers, New York and Hong Kong.
$upercapitalist was created by writer, producer and actor Derek Ting who chose to forgo an upfront salary while making this film and bringing it to the market place.
Q: You took a very entrepreneurial approach similar to what Sylvester Stallone did to get, why did you decide to go that route?
Derek Ting, actor/writer/producer of $upercapitalist, said: I’ve read stories about how Sylvester Stallone would go back at night and write the different fight sequences. That’s what has been the process for this movie to do the work that’s necessary to get to that point
The independent film won the respect and support of two veteran Hong Kong actors Kenneth Tsang and Richarg Ng who decided to join the cast.
Kathy Uyen, actress of $upercapitalist, said,"Growing up I’ve seen them in all these Hong Kong movies. I was in awe that I was working on the same set as them."
Derek Ting, actor/writer/producer of $upercapitalist, said,"As an actor to work with guys that have been in the industry it’s an unbelievable feeling."
Michaelene Tetteh, Los Angeles, said,"to overcome the budgeting challenges faced by many independent filmmakers the financiers of $upercapitalist took a unique approach and opened the movie on multiple platforms on the same day and date."
Joyce Yung, producer of $upercapitalist, said,"We’re launching theatrically but at the same time through different cable distribution platforms and iTunes. So for the viewer you have a choice to see what platform you want to consume it."
The filmmakers have been hosting premieres followed by question and answer sessions at theaters across the US. Next they'll be in various Asian markets for similar events.
Q: How do you hope that this film is received by western audiences and eastern audiences?
Derek Ting, actor/writer/producer of $upercapitalist, said,"We’ve been very lucky to get the experts liking us. Audiences have screened the film and they’ve been like ’we really like it’ which that’s an awesome feeling."
Derek Ting says $upercapitalist is the first of many films he hopes to be involved in that combine international settings and cultures as the world becomes more connected.