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“前晚在電影院支持了這部電影, 起初還在想這部獨立電影, 甚麼角色演技實境等東西都不能期望太多, 看罷完全是大跌眼鏡, 全套電影製作之認真及其不惜工本完全把很多主流電影都比了下去, 故事中所批判的社會問題亦令人深思, 男主角初試啼聲, 也看到其努力演好角色及做好電影各部細節, 希望這種電影不是只此一部而已, 好東西應該長玩長有, 真期望能夠看到下部作品, Derek Ting and the team 繼續努力, 亦推薦每一位香港人都應該一看.”
“I went to support this indie film $upercapitalist, originally I thought well it’s an independent movie so I really didn’t expect too much, I was completely stumped after I saw it, the whole movie production is very professional and the production value make even a big budget commerical films look weak. The social issues discussed in the story provoked more thought, the main protagonist had an outstanding performance, and you can tell he worked hard to play the part and manage all the details of the movie. I hope this is not the only movie, good things should last longer, I really hope to see the next creation. Derek Ting and team continue to perservere and I recommend every single Hong Kong person see it.” - Geese Wong
“I have drafted a review of “Supercapitalist,” to appear in mid-September on polfilms.com, and I want to thank you for the excellent film. I hope that Americans will pay attention to the theme.
Since I am a former resident of Hawai’i (most of my adult life), I experienced culture shock on returning to LA, so the film has special resonance with me. That’s in part why I wrote the book “Barack Obama, The Aloha Zen President.”
Here’s my review:
Francis Fukuyama has predicted that China will never be an economic threat because of the preference for family-owned businesses. Supercapitalist, directed by Simon Yin, unknowingly puts that proposition to the test. American-born Conner Lee (played by Derek Ting, also the film’s producer) is a whiz at numbercrunching in a New York hedge fund. He predicts that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates to 1%, and he has recommenda-tions based on that assumption, but his boss is skeptical and believes that he is out of his mind. Nevertheless, one member of the firm, Mark Patterson (played by Linus Roache), sees potential in Conner and sends him to Hongkong to straighten out one of their investments, Fei & Chang, which is losing money but could benefit from Conner’s numbercrunching. The New York firm has enough stock in Fei & Chang for a seat on the Board of Directors. Conner, inexperienced and single, arrives to make recommendations, notably to sell off the import/export division, which has been losing money for the last three years. The president, Donald Chang (played by Richard Ng) objects “You know nothing about family,” protests what would happen the lives of his workers and their families, and turns him down. Conner lost his parents at an early age and is unaware that he longs for family until he finds attractive Natalie Wang (played by Kathy Uyen), PR director at Fei & Chang. In trying to court her, Conner discovers that one member of Fei & Chang is developing a computer program that will revolutionize management by appealing to workers consistent with Chinese cultural norms. There is plenty of intrigue in the film, but the underlying theme contradicts Fukuyama, and the story may thus serve as a challenge to American capitalism. The vehement Chinese critique of American culture may also surprise American filmviewers as it should.” - MH
“just wanna say that it was a wonderful night of thoughtful and insightful discussion, and if you’ve the chance to v.o.d. it or i-tune it or catch it on a screen, do so. they’ve achieved a look that belies the true cost of prepping, shooting, and posting the project.” - Clyde Kusatsu
“Great American-Chinese INDIE I saw over the weekend, “$upercapitalist” ! Check it out if you can. It’s everything “Money Never Sleeps” wanted to be! Just an awesome accomplishment to me.” - Star Peter Shinkoda (Spielberg’s “Falling Skies”, Mortal Kombat “Legacy”)
“This is a superb film that challenges our values of life. Well written, well acted!
You will cheer!!!” - Loudin Beam II
“I just came back from a screening in NoHo. This is a fine movie. It looks like it took big dollars to make it…looks like “a million bucks”. Oliver Stone would be impressed.” - Ron Lipshultz
“Supercapitalist has all the makings of a blockbuster film, Excellent cinematography,an enticing musical score,good actors and a very engaging script which reflects what is going on in the financial markets today . This a must see film for all actors,filmmakers and producers who want inspiration on how to crack the Hollywood A list.” - Ron Gilbert
“My wife and I watched the movie and enjoyed it. Great cast for an Indie movie! We recognized many faces we familiar with from other Hong Kong movies. The plot was well designed (I couldn’t find out until the very last minute) and the complex relationship among corporate management, families and bankers is pretty close to what we see in the real life.I also want to share a comment from my wife who has watched 100 times more movies than I have:
No one has zoomed into the problem of the cultural clash between asia and the west before in the business world. As a matter of fact, no movie has been made focusing on this kind of generational and cultural gap since “the joy luck club” or the “wedding banquet” so the movie fills the void.
Many points raised by Chrystia Freeland in her recent review on Reuters are similar to mine. It was one of the fairest reviews, I thought. Most reviewers ignore valuable messages of the movie and simply compare it to Wall Street.Anyway, Derek did a great job with the limited budget. His past six years are certainly paid off well. Hope many New Yorkers and Hongkongers watch this movie and realize the importance of balancing money and happiness.” - Shinya
“I just wanted to tell to everyone involved in the film they did a wonderful job. I saw it at E street cinema here in DC and I had a great time.” - Louis Campos
“It is almost fate that the premiere was August 10, Hoover’s birthday. I am a Presidential Historian, and have lectured and writen extensively on the US Presidency. August 10 is the birthday of our 31st president, Herbert Hoover, in 1874, in West Branch, Iowa. He was president when the stock market crashed in October of 1929, which led to the Great depression of the 1930s. Hoover had campaign on a theme on a ‘chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.’ The Depression worsened under his administration. At one point, World War I veterans, who had been promised a bonus, camped out on the outskirts of the nation’s capital in ‘Hoovervilles.’ The military was ordered to disperse the vets by any means, even forcibly (1932). The Great Depression and the Stock Market Crash tarnished Herbert Hoover’s legacy. (During World War I, he had engineered a food relief drive in Belgium.) What with our recent economic recession and the memories of the Great Depression and the Stock Market Crash, I found your story rivetting and very topical as we try and lift our way out of this current recession. This is, perhaps, the most opportune time for such a movie, such as yours, to be seen, as it carries out many lessons that we all can learn from.” - William Joseph Reynolds
“I saw $upercapitalist and the new Bourne movie this week–honestly, even though Bourne had drones and a huge budget, $upercapitalist beat it out as the more entertaining thriller! I’d see that again over the new Bourne movie any day and twice on Sunday!” – Jane Anne Valentine