Go Back to China

Stranger Says: Inspired by her own biography, Emily Ting pitches her second feature between a Netflix girls-night-out comedy and a CW teen drama, which probably sounds terrible. It isn’t, though it’s definitely geared toward younger viewers. Sasha, a Chinese American shopaholic (engaging YouTube star Anna Akana), gets a rude awakening when her estranged father pulls the plug on her trust fund. He’ll restore it only if she returns to Shenzhen to work in the family toy factory. So off she goes to live with her dad, his 22-year-old girlfriend, and three half-siblings, including a dutiful older sister. Naturally, she learns valuable lessons, but the film is almost more interesting for what it isn’t than for what it is, i.e., one devoid of white leads and a love interest. (KATHY FENNESSY)

SIFF Says: Spoiled Sasha's spendthrift American lifestyle tries her rich Chinese father's patience until he brings her home to work in the family's factory in this easygoing dramedy.

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Director
Emily Ting
Cast
Lynn Chen, Richard Ng, Anna Akana