Go Back to China is in select theaters on March 6th, 2020.
Sasha Li (Anna Akana) is a spoiled millennial who’s dad, Teddy (Richard Ng) supports her from his fortune he made owning a toy factory in China.
Her father all of a sudden cuts her off unless she moves back to China and learns the family business. If she does well, he will give her the remaining money from her trust fund. Sasha returns to China and has to work for the first time in her life. She’s reunited with her half-sister, Carol (Lynn Chen) who’s been working at the toy factory for some time. She also struggles with the complicated relationship with her father while getting to know her sister, other siblings and meeting some interesting people in her fathers circle.
Sasha becomes more likable as the movie goes on, it’s hard to relate to her financial situation, she is very ungrateful for the life she lives, but I did find myself connecting with her complicated family relationships. The critique I have is they leave a lot to be assumed and sometimes it cuts off at random parts where you’re like wait - did that mean she did this or that? A lot is left to the imagination which I think was for time saving, but it did all flow pretty well.
I liked the diversity of the Asian characters, the two Filipino designers in particular shed some light on what it’s like for families trying to provide in third world countries. It also gives insight as to what it’s like for people who work in toy factories. Overall I really did enjoy the film - it went by fast and I thought it was pretty entertaining. I felt like this could be a Christmas movie - they make toys and attempt to teach you some life lessons.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Ashley Kethley (Contributing Editor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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