November 16th, 2010
Goodbye Shanghai has been the official selection of film festivals around the world and won some independent film awards. While filming China, the filmmakers had to evade Chinese censorship to get the film out of the courntry. Here’s a synopsis of the short:
While embezzling $14 billion from a Chinese bank for the US government, two Western bankers grab $15 million in cash for themselves. They store it in an upright bass case and wander the streets of Shanghai, waiting for their morning departure. When the more experienced of the two insists they spend their last night partying in a local club, the night takes a wild turn. Goodbye Shanghai explores the negative effects of Western imperialism on modern Chinese culture.
You can also pick up Goodbye Shanghai on DVD
About director Adam Christian Clark
While still an undergraduate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Clark became the youngest person ever to direct a US network television series, CBS’s Big Brother. He then worked as a roster director at Quentin Tarantino’s and Lawrence Bender’s production company A Band Apart, where he wrote and directed television, music videos, and commercials. Clark has worked with such artists as Kanye West, Jackie Chan, Gnarls Barkley, Lupe Fiasco, and Girl Talk; and such brands as Pepsi, Lays, Motorola, MAC, and Diesel. Clark spent 2006 in Shanghai, writing and directing Mainland China’s first reality television series. In 2007, the hysteria surrounding the program contributed to the Communist Party of China issuing a decree banning all future reality programming during prime-time. In 2008, Clark collaborated on two projects with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Charlie LeDuff: The Editor, a short film starring Richard Riehle based on LeDuff’s career at The New York Times, and Bag Men, a feature screenplay written for Plan B Entertainment. In 2009, Clark returned to China to shoot Goodbye Shanghai, a short film he also wrote about Western spies working as international bankers in Shanghai. Clark continues to write and direct. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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