DP: In the production notes, Emily says you two to give her back “really good notes in re-working the script” and she “went through two months of intensive re-writes with their guidance.” What were your suggestions? The dialogue flowed, the core of it was there but it just needed a little bit of a polish.
The biggest thing was that after the two acts in Hong Kong there was also a third act set in Los Angeles.
It was just a whole other thing and we all fell in love with the idea that it all take place in Hong Kong, which meant extending the film by making the second act a little longer. She was super-collaborative but we don’t want to take any credit for the film you see. The skeletons are definitely there but our thinking was from a character perspective, because that’s how we read scripts.
“Ruby (Jamie Chung), a Chinese American toy designer from L.A., visits Hong Kong for the first time on business.