Shanghai Bound (2009)

A riveting journey, Shanghai Bound tracks the life of one elderly Shanghai industrialist who is struggling to keep afloat in the fast changing industrial landscape of the city.


Simon James


Pei Yao Xu


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Pei Yao Xu Pei Yao Xu ... Herself


Shanghai is leading China's economic revolution. With the financial, commercial, and industrial sectors all growing at breakneck speed, it has become the country's richest, largest, and most populated city. The transformation has been spectacular. And it's not only the big corporations which are getting rich. Only 30 years ago, self-employment was prohibited, millions stuck in state-run factories for life. But today former factory laborers are becoming bosses of their own, adapting to the new capitalist trend. This is now a land of opportunity, and millions are finding their fulfillment within it. Mrs Pei Yao Xu, is one woman with a triumphant story to tell. At 76, she has witnessed at first hand the turbulent formation of modern China; all the while laboring as a book binder, for Shanghai's largest printing factory. She never dreamed of owning a book binding factory of her own. But when the opportunity came, in the form of Deng Xiao Ping's Economic Reforms, she grabbed it with both ... Written by Simon James

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industrialist | asian | See All (2) »


When the opportunity is available, everybody will choose to take it.


Documentary | Short






Shanghainese | Mandarin

Release Date:

28 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China


Box Office


£1,200 (estimated)
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Color (MiniDV)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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