[water dripping][metal clanking][creaking and clanking] [metal creaking and clanking] (Mueller)
What were you thinking? (Michael)
Ernie. [sigh] So what brings you
to these parts? We’re opening an office
in this podunk town, what do you think? He hurt Anna.This is China.You shouldn’t
have hit the guy. I love her. You need to leave now.You’re being
deported, Michael.No. I’ve got
to go see Anna.Forget it.
She’s under house arrest.No contact, no way.I’ll see you
on the other side. Michael Vance.
Nice to finally
meet you after all the e-mails.
Stanford Lau. You as well, man. Hey, let me get
that for you.[Mei Mei
speaking Chinese][Anna speaking Chinese](Stanford)
Ooh.You see that?
Now that’s Hong Kong. You know, so everyone
at IT is still talking
about your appointment. Yeah?[Mei Mei,
So, we’re a bit far
from the officebut this area
is really good for shopping.Everything okay? Yeah. It’s a personal matter.
I’m sorry if I– It’s okay. It’s a bit far
from the days of us writing code
at Stanford, huh? That’s right,
you’re class of 2001. My freshman year. Look at you now,
you’re head of IT security. Well, it’s not as glamorous
as it sounds but yeah, I’ll take it.Your new home
is coming up right
here on the right.Fully furnished
corporate flat.The conciergewill take care
you needexcept that he
doesn’t speak English.Mueller will meet you
on Sunday for lunch.A private club.
Trés chichi. The Chairman likes
that sort of thing. Just show this
to any taxi driver.He’ll help you out.That’s okay, I prefer
public transportation. It’s a long bus ride.
You’re going to need it. I’ll manage.See you on Monday.Yep.At eight? Not at eight.
That’s too early for me.People tend
to work late here.I’ll be there.(Jessica, off)
Michael, you’ve been
a civilianfor almost a year now.I think we both know
that your two toursweren’t exactly easy on us.We just…(Jessica, off)
We don’t laugh anymore.I’m sending the ringand your bronze star
to your parents.And I’ll put
the rest in storage.[whispering]
I’m so sorry.[angry growling] [more growling] [panting] [crying][Mei Mei
speaking Chinese][no audible dialog](Mueller)
Captain Vance?Ernie Mueller.(Michael)
Call me Michael.Okay, Michael. I appreciate
to our country. Thank you, sir. You have quite
an impressive record. First tour Force Recon. A G-2 desk in Kabul. I’m especially intrigued
by your intel work. You know, tracking
down high value targets. That information
is classified. Son. I have contacts
and I know things. Anyway, you met
Stanford Lau. He’s your point man. You can get started
on the project
right away.That’s the reason
you’re here.Yes, sir. Now, let’s go have
some lunch. Do you know
what Dim Sum is? Psst. So,
what’s he like? Who? The Ballet Master. Victor? Mm. Well, he was
a principal dancerat the San Francisco
Ballet decades ago.[chuckle] Sometimes he still
thinks he is.(boy)
But Victor will definitely
keep you on your toes.And he likes
to repeat himself.[Victor clears throat]
[piano music stops]Ladies. Gentlemen.
Good morning.Ms. Wang. Do you have
something to say? Sorry, Victor. Please. Call me Mr. Young. Sorry, Mr. Young. [giggling](Victor)
Here at the Star
East Dance Companythere is no room for idle chatter, gossip, or giggling. We’re here for one thing,
and one thing only. To be the best. So, please. Continue. That includes you. Yes, sir. Barre work starts no later
than eight A.M.
every morning.No exceptions.If I do not see you
here by 8:05,you will not work
out that day. It will count
as an “absent”. Three “absents”, and you are suspended. I do not like
to repeat myself. Have I made myself clear? (both)
We are preparing
a new programto the music of Bach’s
Unaccompanied Cello Suites.There will be
five solos. Competition for these roles
will be open to all.Newcomers included.Auditions will be held
in three weeks.Who will decide? Ms. Gabrielle Wilkins-Jones,
our Artistic Director, and I will be
making the decision.(Victor)
Yes, Ms. Wang.She’s a legend
in the dance worldand we should
all be grateful
for her guidance. Since you are new
in town, I’d advise you
to skip the night life. Listen to the program
music carefully. Devote yourself
to honing your English
language skills, and perhaps take
some acting lessons. And one more thing. Ms. Wang. Ms. Zhou. Welcome to the Company. Trying to hack us, are you? [typing](Stanford)
Nice try.Your logic bomb failed. Your remote access
So did your rootkit. You want to try again? [sigh] Maybe later.I’m always willing
to mash codeswith a talented programmer. I’m always down
for fun and games but I really need
to get started on
this new program. It’s got to be
quite the adjustment to go
from the battlefield
to corporate IT, huh? Not really. For one,
they both require
360 security. Right. Because crackers
can come at you
from any direction. Well, from what I
just experienced our cyber perimeter
seems pretty secure. So far. What’s that
supposed to mean?You expecting something?Maybe.But that’s why
you’re here. Right?[soft piano music] Such lovely form. Forgive me.
Edison Poon. On behalf
of the Board
of Governors I would like
to officially and personally,
welcome you both. Really? Yes. I–and the Board,
are keen to ensurethat all
feel at home.So please join me
your arrival.How? How splendid
you both look today. Thank you. Welcome. Oh, no thank you.
I don’t drink.(Edison)
Not even a sip?Nice view. I rather enjoy
the view myself. On a clear day,
you can see
Lion Rock.And of course
at night,when the lights
come on, the view is
even nicer.(Mei Mei)
Excuse me, Mr. Poon?Edison?Do you have red wine? Well, of course. Excuse me. I do have something
rather special for you. Thank you. 1992 Chateau La Tour. I hope
you like it. Thank you. Uh, she
needs some air.
Not feeling well. Really? But we’re
on the terrace. Walking will
help. Right? Yes.
I will be okay. All right. Do come
back soon. [sighs] So, where were we? You know, on a clear day you can see
Lion Rock. Oh. Sorry. [Anna speaks Chinese] [Michael
speaks Chinese] Sorry. [Michael chuckles]
Please. Thank you.You’re welcome.(Michael)
All right. So, I’ve been
looking at these IP addresses.They seem to zigzag
all across the globe.Just looks like
a bunch of dead ends.(Stanford)
But several of these seem
to ping back to Hong Kong.(Michael)
So, what do you think?Well, I think,
that you must be
the new guy. Kirsten, Michael.
Kirsten Kwok,Senior Sales Manager,
Greater China.Pleasure to meet you. Likewise. What are you still
It’s late. Just finishing up year end
for the CMO. Oh, Ms. Fong.
Chief Marketing Officer, And you don’t want
to mess with her. Oh, don’t worry. I’ve got years
of practice managing up. So what do you do
in your free time? Uh, depends.
Learn Chinese. Really? Well, do you have
a teacher? No, but I’ve got this. (woman’s recorded voice) You know,
isn’t easy at all.(Kirsten)
The tones can really
throw you off.It’s better
to have a teacher.Call me if you want
Well, I need
private lessons.Hold on. [click][ringing][beeping](Jessica’s recorded voice)
Hey, it’s Jessica.I’m not in right now
so leave a message.[long beep](Michael)
Jess, it’s me again.Please just call me back.[beeping]Can I get
a single malt scotch? Neat. Sure. Make it
a double, please. Enjoy, sir. Thank you. [typing on keyboard][Mei Mei
speaking in Chinese]I’m Michael,
by the way. Anna. [speaking Chinese] Oh… [speaks Chinese] Yeah, my Chinese
isn’t so great. Oh, my English
no good. Oh, your English
is much better than my Chinese. [conversation in Chinese](Anna)
Try.[speaking Chinese] See?
Better. You’re a pretty
good teacher.[Mei Mei speaking Chinese]Michael? Anna. Hi. Hi. Hi. Tea? Okay, um– Should we start
with the basics? Okay.
You start. Okay.
Uh– [speaking bad Chinese] Did that suck? No, no.
You not bad. Then why did you laugh? Oh…Not laughing
of you…er… Foreigner speak
Chinese very cute. I correct? Er…Yes, please. Uh– [conversation in Chinese] Not bad. Very good. Where did you
learn English? Uh, my family
speak some. And I learn
in school. What kind of help
do you need? More words. Oh, vocabulary. Well, that I can
you with. [Anna, in Chinese](Mei Mei)
Yes.[rhythmic pounding]No. No.[pounding continues][Mei Mei, moaning][glass breaking][classical music][Mei Mei]
Oh, my God!
Oh, my God![volume increases][music stops] [conversation in Chinese] And, uh– What do you do? Uh– [speaks Chinese] Guess. Um– a model
or an actress.Tell me I’m wrong.I dance. Oh. Oh. [clears throat]Modern ballet.Oh…ballet. I practice
nine hours a day. Auditions for a new program
start soon, so I need
to be ready. Wow. That must be difficult. If you love something
it is not difficult.[soft piano music](Victor)
No. No. No.I don’t see
from either of you. You need to connect
with each other emotionally. Stop thinking
about the movement. What is the emotion
behind this piece? Xu, when you touch Anna. I need to see it.
I need to feel it. She needs to feel it. She needs to feel
your passion. Music![piano music][music stops][phone ringing]Stanford.
What’s going on, man? Of course, you’re intruding. But that’s never really
stopped you before,
has it? No, come on up.
I’ll buzz you in. [clatter of dishes] Too much.[door closes]Hey, man.(Michael)
What’s going on?I brought you
a little brain food. You know, it wouldn’t hurt
to let the housekeeper in
once in a while.It’ll do wonders for you.Yeah. I’m sorry
about the mess. It just got
a little ahead of me. Well, at least you’ve got
the lived in look down. So, what’s up? [sigh]Hm?We’ve got a problem. We do?You…Aw, what are you
talking about? Well, you’re
a certified workaholic. A true Hong Konger. New job.
New city. I’m just trying to stay
ahead of the game.Working hard.Right into burnout-land.Look, take some time off.
Have some fun.Look, this is
what I’d do.I’d go to Guangzhou
on business.It’s legit.
Take in the sights.Kirsten’s there.I, uh, I appreciate
your concern but, I’ve just got
some other things
on my mind right now.(Stanford)
It’s now.No better time
to take her off
the pedestal.That’s what I’d do.(Anna)
I have idea!You new
to Hong Kong.Me, too!We should meet
at different places.So we can…[speaking Chinese] Mm-hm. Oh. Hold on. [speaks Chinese] Discover.
Explore. Yeah, I would like that. Oh, we should start
on the Kowloon side.(Michael)
I know the perfect place
for us to…[speaks Chinese].[shutter clicking] [speaking Chinese] [repeats Chinese](taped voice)
Photos long.Bored? Tourist. [speaking Chinese] I’m sorry.
repeat that? Your smile nice.
Smile more, should. You should smile
more often. Yes.
You, too. Maybe. Maybe. [chirping](Michael)
Wow, this park is beautiful.Oh, that’s…
That’s pretty. Oh. I hadn’t noticed
that before. Yeah, Ma give me
when I confirm. You’re Catholic? Yes, my whole family. Really? Many generations. So you have
brothers and sisters? No. My country has
one-child policy. So, only one. Oh, yeah.
That’s right. Huh. So, do you have
a boyfriend? Yes. No.
No. You? Girlfriend? Uh– [dry chuckle] Yes and no. Um– It’s complicated. Complicated. How complicated?I have got to get a life.Oenology? Are you serious?(Professor Granville)
You must be able
to predict the wine’s future.Take for example this… 2008 Saint
Emilion Grand Cru.A dark purple coloris followed
by lifted aromas of…[sniff] blackberries,currants,dried spice,and incense. But shows
excellent fruit puritymatched by finely grained
and ripe tannins.[slurping] [coughing](Stanford)
Excuse me.Walking a fine
line betweenvarietal definition
and rich opulence,this wine
will reach its peak
in five to seven years.You okay? I don’t think
it’s ever going
to reach its peak. Stop it. It’s awful. This is what I like. It’s got a nice oaky body
with a hint of mulberry. Well, look at you,
and educated. Well, I’ll let you
in on a secret. I read it
on the label. Cheers. Cheers. That was
the worst class ever. It was the worst. I’ll see you
soon, okay? You better. What? Hey, Stanford! I’ll talk to you soon. Bye.What are you
doing here?I was going
to ask you
the same thingbut I get it now.
She is beautiful.Am I ever going to get
a chance to meet her? Look. It’s none
of your business, but her name is
Emma, all right?Let’s go.All right,
where are we going?(Stanford)
I need a real drink.[classical music
on piano] Well, should we give
the newcomers a try? You have anyone in mind?(Wilkins-Jones)
Anna Zhou?You can’t be serious.Why not? She’s hard
working, dedicated, and she
demonstrates artistry. Are you sure
artistry is all we
are discussing here? You know that’s all
I care about. And quite frankly,
I was expecting
a little bit more open-mindedness
But it’s the centerpiece
of the whole program,an emotional crescendo.
It has to come
from the heart.Just look at her.
She’s a little,
shall we say…inexperienced. Thank you, Miss Kim.
That was adequate.(Victor)
She’s been working hard.She may surprise you. Victor, I know you
have a great eye
for rising talent but I shall
remain skeptical. [sigh] Miss Zhou.(Wilkins-Jones)
Miss Zhou. Now!
Thank you.[soft piano music] Gabrielle, do you think
we have our soloist now? That will do.(Anna)
Yeah, it is.Just like dancing. Floating. Free. Just like wind. Worry about nothing.No worries.You okay? Uh, yeah, fine. You don’t look fine. Oh no, I’m…I’m great. Um…it’s just you
and me and a…fifty meter drop.Oh, you afraid
of high places. No, no. Actually, it’s my ear. [exhales] Ever since, uh– I was…wounded,I have trouble
with…balance.Oh.Um–come here.Okay. All right. I like clouds.
They’re funny. You mean
fun to look at? Yeah, fun to look. Uhhh– Like that one.
Look like duck. Huh.(Michael)
I don’t see it.Relax. Imagine. Yeah, I got nothing.Must be my training.Too regimented.Feeling better? Hm? Much better. Anna,I was wondering–[speaking Chinese] Well? You, I, [chuckles] mine, ours, Mm-hm. we go on date. So you accept? Okay. Under
one condition. What’s that? No language lesson. No book.
You don’t bring gadget. I can do that. Yeah? Deal? Deal. Okay, it’s settled. We’re going on a date. This was a great idea. Just need a second
to get away, you know?Take a breath.Now what about
your upcoming date
with that pole dancer?Whoa.
Ballerina.No pole dancing
involved, man.A ballerina really?Yeah.
For real. All right, fine.
What she like? She’s different. Is she hot? Beautiful. So she’s got
I get it.So, what’s
the problem?I don’t know.You don’t know?Well, have you seen
her dance yet? No. Not really. You sure
she’s not a stripper? [chuckles] Yeah. So, that
was interesting. But I kinda liked it. You did?
But it was
Canto-pop. Yeah, well, I’m not saying
most of it. Or any of it
for that matter. But it had
a lot of energy. Thank you
for taking me. You’re a very brave man.(Anna)
Look.Photo? I go ask them.[conversation in Chinese]Oh, no,
we’re just friends. Look, I’ll email
to you. Okay. [speaking Chinese] Uh, this guy…(Michael)
Uhhh…Let’s see…that one looks like a…dog.[speaks Chinese] Okay. What about the one
on right side?(Michael)
Ummm…I don’t know.[speaks Chinese] A horse? Really? No. You don’t see starfish?No.I lied
about the dog
and the horse, too. I know. So how do
you do it? How do you see
beyond what’s real? Free up your mind. Go away
from the real things. So just forget
about everything? Mm-hm.
clear it. Like computers
and delete. Try it. It’s not always
that easy. Nothing ever is.The Chinese
of helping this.They do? Yes.
Healing rock path.
It ease the mind. Relax your body
and release your qi.We can try…
together someday.I’d like that.
I’d like that a lot. Okay. That one… definitely looks
like a…a…a– [Chinese terms] Mm-hm. It certainly does. I know I’m a goofball.(Michael)
Oh yeah, it’s not so bad.Oh ow! Spoke too soon.Ow! Yeah! Ow!(Anna)
Relax. My God,
this hurts. Enjoy. What’s there to enjoy? Pain is literally
my legs. Because you
bad circulation. Oh, I circulate
fine, thank you. Look! It is
good for you.Stimulate points
in your feet.Yeah, it’s stimulating
some pain, that’s what
it’s stimulating. Good for fighting stress.
You need, no? Yeah, yeah.
Or, or this is
some kind of joke that you like
to play on foreigners.No. Hey, it
improve balance, too.Oh great, you’re
a show off, too.
That’s awesome. Ow.No, this good for you.I don’t believe you.Challenge!
You Marine?I used to be.
Not anymore.Yes. Now
you foot soldier.(Michael)
So, Mei Mei, it’s nice
of you to join us on this
beautiful foggy day. Yeah, thanks
for the fog. Ha ha ha. You didn’t bring
a friend? Uh, no. Too bad. She don’t like running. Oh…uh…
Well…too bad.Uh…should we start?
Yeah? Okay.No money.(Michael)
So, how are
your rehearsals going?Okay. Just okay? I’m a little nervous.
The show is next week. I know.
a ticket. You did? Mm-hmm.
I’ve never been to a dance
performance before. I’m looking forward
to seeing you
on stage. Now I really nervous. I can imagine.
Tickets are sold-out. That’s really cool.
Look at that. [speaking Chinese] How’s that? [speaking Chinese] Uh…nothing.You need this.[speaking in Chinese] I don’t need that.
I’ve got you. For when I not around. Yeah but then
I’ve got my tablet.You have too much
electronic in your life.So, this is simpler.For you. [speaking in Chinese]Go for coffee. Yes.I told you
I didn’t need this. Because you have me. I guess
Anna?What’s wrong?I’m thinking. How do you do it? The lights, the people. The applause. That’s what we live for.To be the best.This is
not your first solo. But it is
my first solo here. It’s different. Stand up. Don’t let the fear
overtake you. Don’t let it
cripple you. When you’re on stage, don’t listen
to the music, feel it. You and the music… will become one. Reach deep inside. And use everything
you have and imagineimaginethat there’s only onepersonin the audienceand follow your heart.You’re ready. [speaks Chinese][recorded voice
reads in Chinese][voice repeats Chinese phrase]Yes is yes.
No is no. Yes. I think I do.[soft cello music][cello music continues][music ends][no audio](Michael)
an amazing dancer.I had no idea.All the time,
I want to dance. Really? Mm-hm.
Nine years old, I begged Ma
to take me
to first audition. She said no. Mm. “Dancer’s life
is hard”, she said. She did not want me
to leave so young age. Well, how did you
know that’s what
you wanted to do when you were
so young? It was my dream to be dancer. I…I just love it. Nothing can stop me
from my dream. So finally
my Ma agree. I left
for Beijing Academy
when I was ten. Wow. Any regrets? No. Except I miss
my family. Sometimes I feel…
very alone. Hey. You’re not alone.(Michael)
Hey.Hi.You okay?Mm-hm. It was wonderful. Yes, it was. But what about
back home? It’s over. Eat and run. You okay? Yeah. Fine.
Why do you ask? You’ve been wearing
the same clothes
for the past three days. I’m starting to get
worried about you. I’ve just–
I’ve got a lot
of code to write. That’s all. It’s Anna, isn’t it? You know… I know
how she feels about me.I just, I don’t know
how I feel about her.I really don’t know
what to say to her.Look, it’s,
none of my business, but all I’m saying is
forget the words.Listen to your heart.You need to get
some rest, buddy. Oh! By the way,
I got something for you. Really? Yeah, you need that. That’s kind of you. Wait. Hey.Whatever happened
with you and Emma?I’ll catch you later, buddy. [beeping] [sigh] [phone rings] Mei Mei speaking. [speaking Chinese] Uh, Mei Mei,
where’s Anna? Well, if it isn’t
the great white hamburger. Sorry, she’s switched
to gateaux de boeuf now. What are you talking about? Don’t you know?
She’s going to France. To France?(Mei Mei)
Her flight leaves…soon.Tonight?Mais oui.She’s– [beep]She’s on the A-29 bus
to the airport.Okay. What is
the flight number?Sorry.Mei Mei. Mei Mei.
What is the flight number? Too late.(Michael)
Mei Mei.Mei Mei!Dinner was excellent. Spicy food
me of home. Speaking of which, when are you leaving
for Chinese New Year? I’m…not sure. Well, don’t leave it
too late. Otherwise, all the flights
will be booked. I don’t care. Family things… so boring. Well, if you stay,perhaps we can
celebrate together.The fireworks
are spectacular…especially from
the bedroom.Well…to fireworks. [glass clinking] About the trip. Maybe you don’t go
with me to China. Why not? Isn’t it
a tradition to go home
for Chinese New Year? Yes, of course. I go back every year even when I was
at the Academy. But…a lot of family
things to do. It is my duty, not yours. Anna, I know
all about duty. Besides, what better way
to spend my first Chinese
New Year than with youin China?Unless you’re trying to hide
me from your boyfriend. No. I told you. I’m just kidding. No more. If you’ll have me
as your guest… I would be honored
to meet your family. Okay. Come here.[church bell ringing]Anna. Is that
No. Different.That one is
Patriotic Catholic church. Bishop is state-appointed. Our church
is what Western media like to call
underground church. You know, your English
is much better
when you’re angry.[Michael sighs]This is a journey.Don’t worry,
we’re there soon.(Anna)
That’s hardly underground.I was actually expecting
it to be…underground. What?
What’s wrong? My grandfather, he’s… Difficult? Don’t worry. My Chinese is
getting pretty good. I’ll win him
over with that. No. His English
So, what’s the problem?(Michael)
Does he have something
against foreigners?In Korea War,
he fight Americans. (Anna)
It wasn’t good! Oh.[Anna speaks Chinese][conversation in English](Michael)
I was.Not anymore. Afghanistan. [speaks Chinese] [speaking English] Vietnam. Korea.He commanded
a mortar squad.[speaking Chinese] Yes. Three generations. [speaking English][speaking Chinese]I fought for America
with honor. [speaking Chinese] Mm. My father
and grandfather also fought with honor. [speaking English] [speaking Chinese] [speaking English] I would be honored. That would be
a good day. [speaking Chinese] They will also have
my grandfather’s blood and that
would bring honor
to both of our families. Yes.
[chuckles] [speaking Chinese](Michael)
where you’re hiding. Not hiding.
Just thinking. May I join you? It is beautiful out here. Oh, look at that. You see that cloud? It looks just like you
when you dance.Arms out…light, free…beautiful. You’re making that up.No, I’m not.You’re just
at the wrong angle. Come on over here
and you’ll see. Hey. What’s wrong? What about us? Did you mean
what you say
to Grandfather? I have to admit he caught me
completely off guard. He made me realize
how I truly feel about you. But what about
when your job finish? I promise you I will never
let anything keep us apart.[grandfather speaking
in English]Yes.I am looking
forward to it.[grandfather in English] Really?
Is that okay? [priest speaking Chinese][grandfather speaks off
in English]And that allows you
to practice religious
services openly. [speaks in English] In what way? [speaking in Chinese] [no audible dialog] (Anna) [no audible dialog] Stop! (Anna)
Michael! Anna![thunder crashing][speaking Chinese][metal clanking][creaking and clanking](Mueller)
What were you thinking?(Michael)
Ernie, Gong Xi Fa Cai.Happy New Year
to you, too. So, what brings you
out to these parts? We’re opening an office
in this podunk town. What do you think? You should not have
punched a militia officer. He hurt Anna.This is China.You should
not have hit the guy. I love her. So, how bad is it? You’re being detained. Pending identity
verification. Really? What’s that
supposed to mean? It means
they can hold you
as long as they want. But I made
a few calls and I cashed in
a lot of chits. So you’re out of here. Yeah? I really
appreciate that. You know, you really
made a mess of things. Yeah… I can’t seem to get
out of the line of fire. Well, you’re
on the six o’clock
flight back to the States. No. I can’t leave.
I’ve got to go see Anna. Forget it.
She’s under house arrest. No contact.
No way. Besides, there’s no time. You need to leave now.You’re being
deported, Michael!Here.Take this.That’s really generous.
Thank you. I like you, Michael.
You’re my kind of guy. I hate to lose you. So Hong Kong is out? Yes, Hong Kong is out. Our interests
in China take priority but you can work
in any of our other offices. Your choice. Thanks, Ernie. But maybe
in the future.I need to find a way
to get back to Anna.I made a promise. [speaking in Chinese][phone ringing][beeping](Michael, over machine)
Stanford, is everything set?(Stanford)
Yes, it’s all
in place.But you’re on your own
after you cross
the border.Are you sure
about this?Yes, this is a promise
I have to keep,and like you said.Forget the words.Listen to your heart.(woman over speakers)
This is the final
boarding callfor Flight FX 801
to Hong Kong.Please proceed
to the gate immediately.