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In today’s film news roundup, YouTube star Anna Akana signs up for “Go Back to China,” a biopic about Anne Frank’s friend Rebecca Siegel is in the works, and “72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story” gets a release.
Anna Akana is set to headline the indie feature film “Go Back to China,” director Emily Ting’s follow-up to her 2015 movie, “Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong.”
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Akana will portray a party girl who blows through most of her trust fund and is forced by her father to go to China and work for the family toy business. Through her journey, she gets a much needed dose of reality check and comes to terms with her estranged family.
Richard Ng plays Akana’s character’s estranged father and Lynn Chen portrays her half sister. Kelly Hu (“Arrow”) rounds out the cast as her mother.
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“This is a very personal story about my family in China that I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time,” Ting said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with this group of talented Asian actors to bring this story to life. At a time when Asian American representation is still so lacking in Hollywood, it’s such an uphill battle to get films like this made, and I am just so grateful for the opportunity to tell my story.”
Ting’s Unbound Feet Productions will be producing along with Sophia Shek and Frederick Thornton. Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill of Black Box Management are executive producing. Principal photography is slated to begin on location in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China in the spring.
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Akana is best known for her YouTube Channel, which has almost 2 million subscribers and has generated over 200 million video views. Hu will next be seen in the upcoming AMC series “Dietland.”
Ting is repped by Gersh and Black Box Management. Akana...
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