Kelly Nyks (“George”)
Kelly Nyks stars as the heartbroken American searching for his lost Iraqi lover in the feature-length film “Waiting in Beijing” by writer/ director/producer Alan Zhang. After appearing in the smash hit “Legally Blonde,” and the 2004 CBS television movie “Helter Skelter” opposite Eric Dane and Clea Duvall, Nyks went on to roles in the independent films Great Kills Road,” “Drowning” and most recently “Life in Flight.” He wrote, directed and produced the documentary entitled “Split: A Divided America,” a political investigation into the truth about the red/blue divide in America today. The documentary aired nationwide on The Independent Film Channel and went on to win the Best Documentary Film Award at the First Take Film Festival, Best Political Documentary Feature Award at the Connecticut Film Festival and Audience Favorite Documentary Feature Award at the Riverside Film Festival.
Song Li Ching (“Judy”)
Voted as the "#1 Sexiest Woman in the World 2006" by FHM readers in Asia, and one of the "10 People in Entertainment to Look Out For" in Canada 2006 by Playback, Song Li Ching is a force to be reckoned with. Her 2004 sitcom "Achar!" made her a star in Asia, winning second prize at the 2005 New York Festivals for “Best International Situation Comedy” (behind "Frasier") and has been sold in over 10 countries. Song moved to North America in 2005, and has since starred in the award-winning indie festival hit “Everything’s Gone Green” (Think Film / First Look Entertainment) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) miniseries “Dragon Boys.” She also appeared in “War,” starring Jet Li’s and Jason Statham, and most recently co-starred with Val Kilmer in the independent thriller, “The Thaw.”
Talayeh Ashrafi a.k.a. Tala Ashe (“Nadia”)
Born in Iran, Talayeh Ashrafi, also credited as Tala Ashe, gained notoriety on the soap opera “As the World Turns” for her major recurring role as “Ameera.” She also appeared on television’s popular series, “Law and Order.” Most recently she played the lead in “Circumstances,” an independent film from the Sundance Institute Film Lab. Tala has performed in a number of off-broadway shows and received her BFA in Acting at Boston University’s School of Theater. She also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Carnegie Mellon University.
Ting-Ting Hu (“Nancy”)
Before appearing in films such as Anthony Minghella‘s “Breaking and Entering,” “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” and “Waiting in Beijing,” Ting-Ting Hu attended Duke University for a B.A. in Public Policy studies. She later studied for her Master’s degree at the world-renowned Oxford University in England. Hu has starred in the award-winning BBC miniseries “Silent Witness” ad the Canadian television series “Hotel Babylon.” Most recently, she wrapped roles in the independent feature films “Ballistic” and “Ai-mei.” Daughter of a Taiwanese mayor, she also goes by the nickname of “Judy.”
Robert Lin (“Dr. Zhang”)
Born and raised in Beijing, China, Robert Lin began performing at the age of 10, performing in Peking Opera productions around the city throughout the duration of his childhood. After venturing to the United States, Lin graduated from NYU and soon landed roles in Jon Avnet’s “Red Corner” and as Chairman Mao in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated “Kundun.” Lin later went on to co-star in the Golden Globe nominated “School of Rock,” opposite comedic greats Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and Joan Cusack.
Alan Zhang – Writer/Director/Producer
Alan Zhang is a successful Chinese entrepreneur that has founded a number of companies across a variety of industries. Most recently, Zhang founded RedMaiden Entertainment in Los Angeles, conducting his directorial debut and also serving as writer and producer on the feature-length film “Waiting in Beijing.” Zhang was first inspired by the movies when he saw “Casablanca” and “Gone with the Wind” as a young man. After visiting Hollywood in the late ‘90s, he knew that he was destined to make feature films. After twenty years of entrepreneurial ventures, he is now living out his dream of creating films “with heart” that cross cultural boundaries, which he believes can break the perceived barrier of language. Although Zhang does not speak or write English, he successfully directed his original screenplay, “Waiting in Beijing” as an American Union project, shot on location in Paris and Beijing. He has four new projects in development for 2009.
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