I am so excited about this new movie, Shanghai Calling, a fish-out-of-water comedy about expats in China. The story follows an ambitious American lawyer — who happens to be ethnically Chinese — sent to Shanghai on assignment. He immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could end his career — though he might be able to untangle it with the help of a few expats and locals he meets along the way. Watching the trailer, I was whisked back to my days in Beijing, to those days of helpless frustration when just ordering a bowl of noodles felt like unraveling the Gordian knot — experiences that inspired me to write Kitchen Chinese.
What do you think, mes amis? Would you see this movie?
P.S. Bill Paxton plays a slightly louche American bar-owner!