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.)