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Go Back to China (2019)

When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through most of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business.

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Emily Ting

Writer:

Emily Ting
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Akana ... Sasha Li
Richard Ng ... Teddy Li
Lynn Chen ... Carol Li
Kelly Hu ... May Li
Brittany Renee Finamore ... Jessica
Akemi Look ... Tracy
Christina Thomas ... Renee
Kendy Cheung Kendy Cheung ... Lulu
Aviva Wang Aviva Wang ... Dior Li
Tiger Ting Tiger Ting ... Christian Li
Jejie Esguerra Jejie Esguerra ... Jose
Ray Yumul Ray Yumul ... Ernesto
Ines Laimins ... Margaret
Joe Fiorello ... Ryan
Michelle Lukes ... Fashion Executive
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When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through most of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business.

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USA | China

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English | Chinese

Release Date:

9 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Writer-director Emily Ting's family actually owns a toy making company. See more »

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A fun film that explores what is meant to be an Asian American
10 April 2019 | by jimmierocksSee all my reviews

In the last few years we have seen unprecedented focus and interest for films featuring diverse actors with narratives that are deeply grounded in their ethnic cultures. Despite this trend, the stories that spoke to the Asian American experience were lacking. As it may seem exaggerated at parts, this film provides a much needed perspective into the life of an "Almost-Crazy Rich Asian".

The general formula that this story follows is not novel. The movie starts with Sasha, a spoiled and entitled international student, facing a typical recently graduated student problem - finding a job. Anna Akana does a great job of conveying her character as it made me feel both empathetic and schadenfreude. Finding a job sucks, but damn you deserve it for being so wasteful!

What follows, as you may expect from the title, Sasha goes back to China. Although at times the writing relies on cliché and rather hollow devices to demonstrate the complexity of its characters, for example, that there is more to Sasha than being a brat, the characters felt authentic.

Perhaps intended by the director, or simply decades of acting experience demonstrated by Lynn Chen's nuanced expressions, I definitely felt more attached to Carol (Lynn's character) than Sasha.

What felt unique about the film was its execution. It told a convincing coming-of-age story through the lense of an Asian American. Its contrast and blend of both American and Asian experiences felt real. Watching the roller coaster of Sasha and Carol's relationship, caused by the differences of their values - Asian Americans aren't all alike, was satisfying.

I was disappointed by how the movie chose to expose the root of Richard Ng's character, Teddy, the father. Somethings must be demonstrated rather than discussed over lunch.

Despite its flaws, the movie had plenty of heartwarming moments and twists that kept me entertained and invested. As an Asian Canadian, it was refreshing to see a story that sought to tackle the intricacies of our culture and familial conflicts. I left the theater wanting more. 95 minutes is short!


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