Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Synopsis: An attraction forms when a Chinese American girl visiting Hong Kong for the first time meets an American expat who shows her the way, but timing may not quite be on their side. A walk and talk romance set in the beautiful city of Hong Kong, the film asks the question - what happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Emily Ting
Production: Unbound Feet Productions
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
54
Rotten Tomatoes:
75%
NOT RATED
Year:
2015
78 min
Website
832 Views


Hold on,

i can't hear you.

Okay, that's better.

Where are you guys?

No, I don't--

i don't know where that is.

I-- I don't--

i don't have GPS

on this phone.

Well, can

you just give me

directions from here?

Hello?

Sh*t.

Come on.

You okay?

Yeah. I'm just--

-couldn't help but, uh...

-Yeah. No, no, I'm fine.

I just--

i lost my friends.

And I have

no reception. So...

Where are you headed?

-Um, LAN kwai--

-LAN kwai fong.

-Yeah.

-You need directions?

Yeah, that'd be great.

I don't--

I don't have GPS

on my phone.

Yeah, I heard.

So, it's easy.

-You just walk down

these stairs here, okay?

-Okay.

- Take a right on Elgin.

-Okay.

-And you go till

you hit the escalators.

-Escalators.

Yeah, mid-level

escalators.

Okay, what building?

No, they're outside.

Oh, like in the middle

of the street?

Yeah.

It's one of Hong Kong's

most famous sights.

The mid-level escalators.

-It's in all

the guidebooks.

-Oh!

-The mid-level escalators.

-Yeah, okay.

Okay? So you go up

two blocks,

you take a right

on Hollywood.

You know,

i think I'm just gonna--

I'll just ask someone

when I get off the escalators.

-Are you sure?

-Thanks. Yeah,

yeah, yeah.

I mean, I...

I can--

i can walk you there.

Mm, no.

-Thanks, though.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Okay.

Just down

to the right.

-You lost already?

-Yeah, you know, it's--

it's--

it's just pretty

confusing down there.

Well, my offer

still stands.

Are you sure

I'm not taking you away

from anything?

-I don't wanna--

-it's fine.

It's a big

birthday party,

I doubt anyone will

miss me for five minutes.

So let me

just text somebody.

Okay.

Good to go.

I really appreciate it,

-thank you so much.

-Don't mention it.

Don't mention it.

I'm Ruby,

by the way.

-Nice to meet you,

Ruby by the way.

-Hmm.

-I'm Josh.

-Hey.

First time

in Hong Kong?

Uh, yes, it is.

I'm guessing

it's not yours.

No, I live here.

Where you from?

-California.

-Ah, cool.

-San Francisco?

-Nope, L.A.

Oh.

And where

are you from?

-New York.

-Oh.

-What?

-Nothing,

it's just so cliche

for new yorkers

to hate on L.A.

So have you ever been?

No, I never

saw the need.

What? You got something

against nice weather?

See there's something

very wrong with your city

when the only good thing

you have going for it

is the weather.

Okay, that's not

the only nice thing.

Yeah, I guess.

- If you like earthquakes.

-So this is soho.

-Just like New York.

-And London.

-Buenos Aires.

Apparently you're not a major

city unless you have a soho.

What does this

soho stand for?

South of Hollywood.

I wonder why L.A. hasn't

jumped on that bandwagon--

don't even start.

So what brings

you to Hong Kong?

-Work.

-What do you do?

-I design toys.

-Well that's cool.

What kind?

Have you ever seen

those stuffed animals

that sing and dance?

My niece is obsessed

with this one toy.

It's a-- it's a beaver,

but it's--

-Justin beaver.

-Justin--

-yeah.

-Oh, my-- you?

-I designed that.

-What?

-Yep.

-Really?

-Yeah.

-That's pretty cool.

Thanks.

She's obsessed with one toy

and you designed it.

Apparently.

What else you got?

Um, let's see

i have, uh--

moos like Jagger.

It's a cow.

-Ha!

-Lady ba-ba.

-A sheep?

-A sheep. Mm-hmm.

-Where can i

get one of these?

-Um, I don't know.

If I see you next time

I'll just give you one.

Are you planning on

getting lost around here

in the near future?

Well now I know

who to call.

You don't even know

if I'm taking you

to the right place.

Yeah. My mother did

warn me

about talking

to random strangers,

in a foreign city.

Such oddly specific advice.

She's like that.

She's like a fortune cookie.

So these are

the famous mid-level

escalators.

Ready for the ride

of your life?

Let's do it.

Technology strikes again.

What do you mean?

They're on a date

and they're just

on their phones.

Yeah, well maybe

they've been going out

for a long time

and they just ran

out of things to say

to each other.

No way. They're

on their third date,

at most.

-How do you know?

-The way they're dressed.

I'm sorry,

what are you talking

about?

What were you saying?

Oh wait,

so I actually

make a left here.

Yeah, we go down here,

and then you we down peel.

-Okay.

-And then...

Right, you know what?

I'm gonna be okay.

I'm gonna--

i don't wanna take up

any more of your time.

Yeah, I guess I should--

should get back.

Cool.

Nice to meet you.

Yeah, it was nice

to meet you too.

Thanks very much.

- Bye.

-Bye.

Hey, you know what?

Another 10 minutes

is not gonna hurt.

-Really?

-Yeah, I should make sure

you get there.

What a gentleman.

I just don't want

to be accused of anything

in case you go missing.

Wow, that was really creepy.

I'm sorry.

-So creepy.

-Sorry.

I take it too far.

So what do you do here

in Hong Kong?

Nothing as exciting

as designing toys,

that's for sure.

Come on.

What do you do?

I don't wanna bore you.

All right,

I'll guess then.

Uh, you're an expat

in Hong Kong

so I'm thinking...

Trust fund baby?

What? Jesus, no.

All right.

So you're in finance.

I know we're not

the most popular people

in the world right now.

Oh, I feel

so sorry for you.

Trust me, I'd rather be doing

something creative like you.

Like what?

Like writing, actually.

Oh, what did you

study in college?

I was a double major,

i-- i-- studied business

and English lit.

So what happened?

I guess my practical side

won out.

I got my mba.

But now,

whenever anybody asks me

what I do for a living,

I feel the need

to follow it up with,

but I did study literature

in college.

Yeah. I get that.

It's not like

i went to school

to design toys.

How did you

become a toy designer?

Well, out of design school

I thought I was gonna

be the next Vera wang,

but I quickly realized

that it is much easier

finding a job

designing toys.

-Still want to do

something with fashion?

-Oh yeah, definitely.

You know, but instead

of designing my own label,

I think I'd love to own

my own boutique

and-- and be able to curate

all my own pieces.

-You got pretty good style

what's stopping you?

-Thanks.

Student loans.

Rent. The need to eat

on a regular basis.

Eating is

highly overrated.

Coming from a guy

who probably has caviar

for breakfast.

No, I have cocaine

for breakfast.

-Ahh.

-Caviar is like a--

a late afternoon snack.

So do you still write

on the side?

-I'm working on a novel.

-Oh, you're a novelist.

I think you have

to finish the book

before you call yourself

a novelist, but--

kind of.

What's it called?

Do you really wanna know?

I just keep asking

you questions

because I love

hearing the sound

of my own voice.

You're kind of sassy,

you know that?

So?

It's uh--

it's called,

"living on Hong Kong time."

You mean,

living on jet lag time?

I had this boss

when I was living

in New York,

and he said, uh,

"let's hustle people,

it's already tomorrow

in Hong Kong."

And that phrase--

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Emily Ting

Emily Ting is an American director, producer and screenwriter. She was born in Taipei, but later moved to Los Angeles with her family. Emily Ting graduated from the film/TV program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She created her first full-length feature film Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong in 2015. more…

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