The American Dream turned on its head, Shanghai Quest follows the aspirations of three individuals: Tom, an English e-entrepreneur, Benji, a Mormon from Utah who sings Canto pop and Casey, a nightclub and party organiser from LA, as they try to make their fortunes in Shanghai. The Paris of the Orient in the 20s and 30s is now the New York of the Far East, and has inspired these three Westerners to abandon their respective lands of opportunity to try and strike it big in China. The film provides an open view of contemporary urban China and the astonishing rate at which Shanghai has undergone a lifestyle revolution since the economic reforms of 1992, taking a look at the transformed modern Chinese economy from the inside, through the unique love-hate relationship of three outsiders with this scintillating city. This approach also enables the film to offer an amusingly ironic look at outsiders trying to get to grips with its wild and heady, yet still unmistakably Chinese way of life.
Awards and Film Festival Screenings
- Audience Award Third prize, Chinese Visual Festival (London), 2012
- Audience Award Best Feature Length Documentary Rode Island International Film Festival 2008
- Guangzhou International Documentary Festival, 2007