$upercapitalist – The Real Deal

By Keen Hung Lee

“If you aren’t gambling, you aren’t living”. Life is a gamble; if one does not take a risk then one will risk not having anything. $upercapitalist reveals the story of an incredibly gifted young man named Conner (Derek Ting) who loses sight of the meaning of family and love until he encounters Natalie (Kathy Uyen)  who teaches him that there is more to life than wealth.

When has money ever become a problem in life? For many, money is the solution to problems…or is it? Money may just be the problem itself. For Conner Lee (Derek Ting), a nonconformist New York Hedge fund trader with unbelievably superb analytic abilities initially believed that becoming wealthy and striving towards it will ultimately grant him happiness. Conner believes that if he takes his boss’ advice in moving to Hong Kong to conquer CEO Donald Chang’s (Richard Ng) and his older brother Victor’s (Kenneth Tsang) business, he will earn that “happiness”.

Quentin Wong (Darren E. Scott) assists Conner with the plan by waging a war on Donald’s company and showing the endless possibilities that money can bring, including fast cars, easy women and the playboy lifestyle. Without hesitation, Conner dives into this lifestyle until Natalie (Kathy Uyen), a smart, sophisticated PR director, enters his life only to influence him to reconsider the true value of money and that there are things money cannot buy such as self-fulfillment, family values, and love.

Will Conner choose a ten billion USD mega deal over the new perspective that Natalie has given him or choose what money cannot ever buy?

After watching $upercapitalist, I learned that family is most important no matter what the cost is. I admired how Conner transformed from a playboy to virtually a fatherly-figure, a man he was born to be. His character shows that love and family can conquer the desire of money. I especially liked the symbolism used in the film. The “Lucky” mahjong card that Conner kept with him reminded him of his father who gave him the strength to believe in himself and to do the right thing in life.

I thought much of the dialogue was carefully written and was very thought-provoking. I would recommend this film to those who spend a lot of time working or away from their family and loved ones because it will allow them to take a step back and realize that if time is not well-spent with the people one cares about, it will be too late.

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