February 8, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], Asia Society Southern California, the USC U.S.-China Institute, and Americatown invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Shanghai Calling

Written/Directed by SCA Alumnus Daniel Hsia
Produced by Janet Yang
Followed by a Q&A with Janet Yang
7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 8th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Opens in San Francisco at Lee's Presidio Theater on Feb. 8th; in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese Theatre (previously Grauman's Chinese), and Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on Feb. 15th;  in New York at the Quad on Feb. 15th; and everywhere on VOD after that.

About Shanghai Calling

Imagine a steady stream of immigrants, traveling across a vast ocean to a foreign country, searching for new jobs and better lives. But the immigrants are Americans, and the country they are moving to… is China.

SHANGHAI CALLING is a romantic comedy about modern-day American immigrants in an unfamiliar land. When an ambitious New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. But with help from a beautiful relocation specialist, a well-connected foreign businessman, a clever but unassuming journalist, and a street-smart assistant, Sam might just save his job, discover romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders Shanghai has to offer.

Provided courtesy of Americatown. Rated PG-13. Running time: 98 minutes. In English and Mandarin, with English subtitles.

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About the Guest

JANET YANG (Producer)

Janet Yang is a prodigious Hollywood producer who has a long, deep relationship with China.

In recent years, Yang was hired by Disney Studios to produce its highly coveted HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL for Chinese audiences. Prior to HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, Yang produced the acclaimed film DARK MATTER, starring Chinese star Liu Ye and Meryl Streep. DARK MATTER premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2007 and won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for “Best Narrative Feature”.

Yang’s previous productions include: Carl Franklin’s HIGH CRIMES, a military courtroom thriller starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman  (20th Century Fox); THE WEIGHT OF WATER, directed by Academy Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow and starring Academy Award-winner Sean Penn (Lion’s Gate Films); and ZERO EFFECT, a cult classic starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller.

From 1989 to 1996, Yang served as president of Ixtlan, the company she formed with Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone. At Ixtlan, she produced THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, which won the 1996 Golden Globe Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay, and garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor.  Starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT was directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Milos Forman for Columbia Pictures.

Yang was also executive producer of the groundbreaking film directed by Wayne Wang, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Yang executive produced and is a recipient of both the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Made for Television Movie for the HBO movie INDICTMENT: THE MCMARTIN TRIAL.

Prior to her association with Oliver Stone, Yang got her start in production working closely with Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment for the filming of the historic production of EMPIRE OF THE SUN (Warner Bros) in China.

Yang began her career in Hollywood when she represented Universal, Paramount, and MGM/UA in brokering the first sale of American studio movies to China since 1949.

Before joining MCA/Universal, Yang was president of World Entertainment. During this time, she gained the distribution rights to films produced in mainland China, including those of such internationally prominent filmmakers as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige.

Janet Yang holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.  She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a member of the Committee of 100, and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California.

Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by The Hollywood Reporter, and has been featured in articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Variety. She has appeared on numerous TV and Radio shows throughout the US and China, including CCTV and Beijing TV.

Yang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  She splits her time between Los Angeles and China.

Director's Statement

SHANGHAI CALLING is my love letter to Shanghai — the city where both of my parents are from, a place I traveled extensively while researching the screenplay, and a second home that I have grown immensely fond of over the past several years.

This film is also an exploration into the fascinating lives of American “immigrants” on the other side of the world. As one of the characters in SHANGHAI CALLING points out, Americans living abroad call themselves “expats” rather than “immigrants,” perhaps because the latter term brings to mind “poor, huddled masses” rather than the sophisticated jet-setters we are. But with China’s rapid economic growth offering countless opportunities for American corporations and individuals, increasing numbers of Americans are now seeking jobs overseas and discovering what means to be a modern-day “immigrant.” It’s a fascinating paradigm shift for many Americans, and one that is ripe for comedy as well.

Above all, this is a film about contemporary China. Hardly a day goes by without China being mentioned by U.S. politicians, economists, The New York Times or CNN. But despite all of this attention, the majority of westerners still have no idea what is actually happening in China right now. I hope that SHANGHAI CALLING will provide a charming, entertaining, and eye-opening glimpse into modern life in this amazing and important place.

-- Daniel Hsia

About Asia Society Southern California

The Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

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About the USC U.S. - China Institute

The USC U.S. - China Institute aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts.

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About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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