Shanghai Calling: Witty Comedy with Message

Writer/director Daniel Hsia’s feature film debut, Shanghai Calling, celebrated its US Premiere last Wednesday at the Premier Theatre at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio. The event was supported by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and China SF.

The film is set in midst Shanghai’s expatriate community where protagonist Sam Chao, played by Daniel Henney, is sent to represent his high profile law firm in a billion dollar deal. Although the driven Chinese-American lawyer appears to be the perfect candidate for this job, his lack of Chinese culture and aggressive American business etiquette pose an array of difficulties for Sam and even jeopardize his job. While being totally out of his element in a foreign country and fearing getting fired, Sam finds himself falling in love with his beautiful relocation specialist Amanda (Eliza Coupe.)


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About the author: Tanja Alvarez

Tanja was raised in Berlin, Germany but has been immersed in the Bay Area music scene since her move across the Atlantic in 1994. Contrary to her background in classical music, her biggest passion is hard rock, metal, and anything that’s raw and really loud. Taking equal pleasure in writing and photography, being able to combine these two with music is every bit of a dream job. Tanja has worked with many local bands and has been a contributing writer and photographer for Your Music Magazine,, Vallejo Free Press, and currently Blue Jaguar Group.

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