$UPERCAPITALIST, an adrenaline fueled thriller which focuses on a vast financial conspiracy spanning Wall Street to Hong Kong, will open theatrically while simultaneously debuting day and date on Video on Demand and iTunes across North America on August 10th. Directed by former MTV VJ Simon Yin and produced and written by Derek Ting, the film opens in New York at the Village East on August 10th and in LA at the Laemmle Noho on August 31st with additional markets to be announced.
The film features film stars from the U.S. and China including Linus Roache (Batman Begins, The Chronicles of Riddick, Wings of the Dove) and Hong Kong cinema veterans, Kenneth Tsang (Rush Hour 2, John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow) and Richard Ng (Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life). In addition to its U.S. theatrical debut,$UPERCAPITALIST will have its world premiere as the Centerpiece Presentation on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas (7:45pm), for the 35th Asian American International Film Festival which runs from July 25th to August 5th in New York.
The U.S./China co-production, the first English language financial thriller independently produced out of Hong Kong, follows a maverick New York hedge fund trader who moves to Hong Kong to orchestrate a mega-deal that swiftly escalates beyond his control. Caught between competing forces in America and Asia in a ruthless culture of profits at all costs, he desperately negotiates and maneuvers inside China’s closed, complex society. With his life and Hong Kong’s future staked on a corrupt billion dollar deal, the trader takes the ultimate risk.
The film stars Derek Ting in his first leading role, Kathy Uyen (How I Met Your Mother), the Vietnamese American star of Passport to Love which is still one of the highest grossing films in Vietnam to date and also 2-time Emmy winner, Michael Park (“As the World Turns”).
“As an Asian American, I am extremely proud to have produced a film that bridges the dynamic force of the Hong Kong film world and the unique energy of New York, my two homes,” says writer, producer and star, Derek Ting. “It’s been a long journey—almost 7 years now—to make $UPERCAPITALIST and I couldn’t be happier to finally have it out in US theaters this summer. $UPERCAPITALIST will also be released theatrically in Hong Kong in October 2012.