Ting, Emily

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Emily Ting
Emily Ting

Emily Ting studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her first work upon graduation was the short film Unbound Feet (2001), about a Chinese woman’s reaction to her daughter wanting to get a divorce. It became a finalist at the 2002 Zoiefilm Festival, and was also shown at the Chicago Asian American Film Festival. Her film company Unbound Feet Productions was also founded in 2001 and is named after this first short film. Ting worked for several years at the documentary distribution company Docurama in New York. She also turned towards making her own documentaries. Her first feature-length documentary was What’s Love Got to Do with It? (2002), a look at arranged marriages as practiced within the American-born Desi community. She also made a documentary short about college graduates facing unemployment entitled Reality Check (2006). In 2007, Ting found herself being requested by her father to return to Hong Kong in order to learn how to run the family business, a sprawling toy manufacturing empire. She complied but chose to document the process in her intimate film, Family Inc. (2008). Ting’s latest project, It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2014), is a feature-length drama set in Hong Kong starring Hollywood actors Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg.

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Feature Films:

Role Title (English) Title (Chinese) Year
Go Back to China N/A 2019
It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Trailer) N/A 2015
Co-producer with Stephen Seuttinger A Year and Change (Trailer) N/A 2015
Executive producer Man From Reno (Trailer) N/A 2014
Co-executive producer Land Ho! (Trailer) N/A 2014
Associate producer Pit Stop (Trailer) N/A 2013
Producer The Kitchen N/A 2012
Family Inc. N/A 2008
Associate producer The Big Bad Swim N/A 2006


Role Title (English) Title (Chinese) Year
Executive producer The Ladder N/A 2013
Director The Distance Between N/A 2012
Reality Check N/A 2006
One Night Stand N/A 2004
What’s Love Got To Do With It? N/A 2002
Unbound Feet N/A 2001
The Kitchen N/A 2001
Director Family Inc. N/A 2008
Producer The Big Bad Swim N/A 2006


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Go Back to China (2019)

Indiewire – ‘Go Back to China’ Review: Emily Ting’s Winning Fish-Out-of-Water Coming-of-Age Comedy

SCMP – Go Back to China marks return of film director Emily Ting, inspired by her stint in the family business

It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015):

Indiewire – LAFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Emily Ting – ‘It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

SCMP – New movie that makes everyone fall in love with Hong Kong

A Year and Change (2015):

myMCMedia – Independent Movie ‘A Year and Change’ Films in Montgomery County (YouTube)

Man From Reno (2014): 

Bad Ass Digest – Fantastic Fest Review: MAN FROM RENO Is A Very Strong, Very Regular Modern Noir

Eye for Film – Man From Reno

Indiewire – LAFF Review: Pepe Serna is a Standout in Ambiguous Detective Noir ‘Man from Reno’

LA Times – LAFF 2014: A cross-cultural mystery in ‘Man From Reno’

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Man from Reno’: LAFF Review

Twitch Film – LA Film Fest 2014: Watch This First Clip From Dave Boyle’s MAN FROM RENO

Variety – Film Review: ‘Man From Reno’

Land Ho! (2014):

Indiewire – Sundance Review: How the Road Trip Dramedy ‘Land Ho,’ From Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, Transcends Clichés

Observer – In ‘Land Ho!,’ a Pair of Kooky Old Men Share an Excellent Adventure in Iceland

The A.V. Club – Two old friends stay forever young in the Sundance-approved Land Ho!

The Hollywood Reporter – Land Ho!: Sundance Review

The New York Times – Guys With Lots of Mileage, on the Road

The Slant Magazine – Land Ho!

The Village Voice – Land Ho!, a Buddy Road Trip Through Iceland

Pit Stop (2013):

Cinema Beach – Sundance Review: A ‘Pit Stop’ Worth Visiting

Next Project – Inside Out Festival Review: Pit Stop (2013)

The Hollywood Reporter – Pit Stop: Sundance Review


Variety – Review: ‘Pit Stop’

The Kitchen (2012):

Film School Rejects – The Kitchen

Movie Boozer – The Kitchen (2012)

Twithch Film – Gen Art Film Festival 2012 Review: THE KITCHEN

Family Inc. (2008):

Education Review Online – Family Inc. 

Indiewire – FESTIVALS | Going for the Maverick; Cinequest ‘Empowers’ 18th Edition

Teen Ink – All the family’s business

USC US – China Institute – Family Inc.

Variety – Review: ‘Family Inc.’

One Night Stand (2004):

Montage Film Review – Short Film Review: ‘One Night Stand’ 2004 (dir. Emily Ting)


New Filmmakers LA – NFMLA Moviemaker Magazine Interview w/ Dir.Emily Ting (YouTube)

linkLinks   Top

Facebook page:
– A Year and Change Movie
– It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
– Pit Stop

Official website:
Land Ho!
Man From Reno
Pit Stop
– A Year and Change Movie

Personal website of Emily Ting

IMDB – Emily Ting

Unbound Feet

Vimeo – Emily Ting

Reel Women Hong Kong – Gala Premiere: Filmmakers will be present at the post-screening Q&A!

(Last Update: 8 April 2019)