Gravitas Ventures will release filmmaker Emily Ting’s second directorial feature Go Back to China, which made its world premiere in competition at SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The film starring veteran Hong Kong actor Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, and Kelly Hu, will make a limited theatrical bow in select cities March 6, 2020 and simultaneous with a wide cross-platform cable/satellite/telco and internet VOD release on the same day.
The semi-autobiographical film follows Sasha Li, a spoiled rich girl (played by YouTube star Anna Akana) who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father 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. Hilarious and heartfelt, the film offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.
“I had an amazing time partnering up with Gravitas on my first film Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, and I am ecstatic to be working with them again to bring this extremely personal film to audiences worldwide,” says Filmmaker Emily Ting.
Emily Ting is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. Her first feature Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, a walk and talk two-hander romance set in Hong Kong starring real life couple Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Gravitas Ventures in 2016.
Emily’s latest feature Go Back to China, starring Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, and Kelly Hu, premiered in competition at the 2019 SXSW Festival and went on to screen at many other film festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, Seattle, and the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Previously, Emily was most known for her producing work, having served as producer on Ishai Setton’s The Kitchen, starring Laura Prepon, and Stephen Suettinger’s A Year and Change, starring Bryan Greenberg. She also executive produced the films Pit Stop, Land Ho!, and Man from Reno, which collectively have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Los Angeles Film Festival, and nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. She most recently produced Lynn Chen’s directorial debut I Will Make You Mine.