A great interview with Yuan-Kwan Chan from Meniscus: AN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE, ASIAN AMERICANA AND BEYOND…
The film “Shanghai Calling” focuses on Sam Chao, a corporate ladder-climbing Chinese American lawyer who unwillingly heads to the country of his ancestral roots to further his career. Inevitably, with no previous ties to speak of, he stumbles into all sorts of awkward expatriate situations that eventually threaten his job.
It’s a geographical migration that Daniel Henney, the actor who plays Sam, can relate to, but with a couple of major differences. For one, the relocation was Henney’s choice, as the Michigan native – wanting to learn more about his mother’s country of birth – headed to South Korea with the goal of building off of his already immense popularity in Asia as a model. Also unlike Sam, Henney immediately saw his career grow exponentially after settling into his second home and shooting the Korean drama “My Lovely Sam-soon” in 2005. Seven years later, he has learned Korean and now juggles projects across the globe, ranging from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to Kim Jee-woon’s upcoming American debut “The Last Stand.”
Before the New York premiere of “Shanghai Calling” at the Asian American International Film Festival, Henney spoke with Meniscus Magazine about the movie, how his very first television shoot nearly ended in disaster, why Korea will play a permanent role in his career, the production that he is currently considering and much more.
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