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Go Back to China (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Uneven but entertaining, Go Back to China puts a refreshing cross-cultural spin on the traditional coming-of-age story arc.

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The semi-autobiographical film follows spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana), who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father (Richard Ng) to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life altering journey of self discovery, as Sasha discovers her passion for toy designing and learns to reconnect with her estranged family. A bittersweet portrait of a fractured family, the film also offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.

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Critic Reviews for Go Back to China

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

Not every note rings true, but this breezy pop song of a movie is mostly fun while it lasts.

March 9, 2020 | Full Review…

It's all formulaic, but within that formula, [Emily] Ting crafts a story that is genuinely moving.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

By the time the film gets around to showing what a character has felt, they have already told the audience twice - and most likely another character has explained as well, just in case anyone missed the memo.

March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Ting's conceptually solid film is briskly paced, and its heart is in the right place. With a more fine-tuned screenplay, it could have been better than a serviceable movie.

March 4, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

If there's not much depth to the family drama or socioeconomic insights here (nor any great hilarity to the comic aspects), "Go Back" remains likable as a familiar fish-out-of-water tale in a novel setting.

March 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Go Back To China is a fun and fascinating film that thoughtfully explores culture clash and the drama inherent if father-daughter dynamics.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
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