Transcript: Beijing Billionaires | Nov 06, 2018(laughing, chanting)
(classical music plays)
Fast clip show a luxurious wedding celebration and young people exciting jewelry.
A Male Narrator says FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN HISTORY, CHINA IS
EXPERIENCING A NEW GENERATION
OF CHILDREN BORN INTO EXTREME
Off-camera, a male interviewer says HOW RICH ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
Shawn is in his mid-twenties, clean-shaven with short black hair. He wears a white sweater.
Showing a Rolex, Shawn says MULTI-BILLIONAIRE.
The Narrator says AND THEY'RE CHOOSING TO SPEND
THEIR MONEY IN LONDON.
Wendy has long straight brown hair. She wears a pink gown with one sleeve.
Wendy says IT'S JUST A VERY GREAT PLACE
In a room with other people, Wendy bows.
Off-camera, Patricia says LOVELY.
Wendy says THE PEOPLE, THE BRITISH
MANNERISMS, THE BRITISH HUMOUR.
An old man puts a flamboyant purple hat on a woman in her forties.
Patricia is in her late sixties, with short blond hair and bangs. She wears a pearl necklace and a black shirt.
Patricia looks at it and says HOW ABOUT THAT?
The Narrator says 200 YEARS AFTER THEIR
FOREFATHERS CAME AS LABOURERS,
THEN RESTAURATEURS, THE CHINESE
ARE HEADING WEST AGAIN.
THIS TIME, BRINGING THEIR
Shawn says THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ROYAL
SUITES IN LONDON.
He points to the wall and ALL OF THIS 23 KARAT GOLD.
The Male Interviewer says I THOUGHT CHINESE WAS
Shawn says THERE IS NO EQUAL IN SOCIETY.
The Narrator says BUT WHAT IS IT ABOUT BRITAIN
THAT APPEALS TO THE CHILDREN
WHO HAVE EVERYTHING?
In his sixties, a duke says PULL!
A woman practices shooting in an open field.
The Narrator says AND WHO ARE THE PEOPLE ONLY
TOO KEEN TO HELP THEM SPEND
Duke says COME BACK TO THE HOUSE, AND
WE'LL HAVE A, I DON'T KNOW, TEA
Wendy says YEAH.
The Narrator says THESE ARE THE NEW CHINESE.
UNTIL NOW, NOTORIOUSLY PRIVATE,
BUT FINALLY READY TO MAKE
A young man yells WHOOO!
Against a black screen, red, yellow and white capital letters read "Beijing Billionaires."
A fast motion clip shows an intricate network of highways and people crossing the street.
The Narrator says CHINA.
THE METEORIC RISE OF A
IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, IT HAS
QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF THE
WORLD'S RICHEST COUNTRIES, AND
NOW HAS MORE BILLIONAIRES THAN
ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH.
TEN YEARS AGO, ONLY A TRICKLE
OF CHINESE VISITORS MADE IT TO
BUT THIS YEAR, WE'LL SEE AROUND
330,000 HEADING TO THESE
A clip shows England's most visited sites.
He continues MOST ARE TOURISTS, BUT SOME ARE
AMONG THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE ON
EARTH, AND THEY'RE KEEN TO
Wendy says I THINK MAYBE I'M AN
INTERESTING PERSON, AND I HAVE
SOMETHING SPECIAL TO SAY AND TO
The Narrator says BILLIONAIRE HEIRESS WENDY YU
IS THE 26-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER OF
A CHINESE DOOR MANUFACTURER.
SHE WAS BORN IN CHINA, AND HER
FAMILY STILL LIVE THERE, BUT
WENDY HAS CHOSEN LONDON AS HER
Wendy says I JUST LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE
HERE, AND I LOVE THE PEOPLE I
AND I LOVE THE EVENT HAPPENING
HERE, I LOVE THE THINGS I COULD
DO HERE-- I JUST LOVE THIS CITY,
AND IT'S MY-- IT'S MY HOME NOW,
Wendy arranges big stuffed animals in a luxury room.
She continues IN CHINA, I CAN'T LOG ON TO
INSTAGRAM OR GOOGLE, OR GMAIL,
SO IT'S LIKE, IN TERMS OF
COMMUNICATION, I THINK HERE IS
BETTER TO COMMUNICATE.
Off-camera, a female interviewer says WHY CAN'T YOU GET ON
TO INSTAGRAM IN CHINA?
Wendy says I THINK THERE IS THE
CENSORSHIP, YES, BUT LET'S NOT
TALK ABOUT POLITICS, YEAH?
The Narrator says WENDY LIVES ALONE
IN A LUXURY APARTMENT IN THE
HEART OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE, WITH
HER VAST COLLECTION OF BARBIE
Wendy says THESE PARTS ARE ALL MY
I FEEL THEY ARE LIKE, MY LITTLE
The Male Interviewer says HOW MANY HAVE YOU GOT?
Wendy says I THINK, IN TOTAL, I HAVE
ABOUT A HUNDRED AND FIFTY, IN
THIS BARBIE HERE IS FROM DOLCE
SO IT'S A VERY, VERY SPECIAL
The Female Interviewer says ARE THEY EXPENSIVE?
Wendy says I THINK THEY ARE PRICELESS.
The Narrator says AMONG HER
FAVOURITES IS A VERY FAMOUS
Wendy grabs a box and says THIS IS PRINCE WILLIAM AND,
UH, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE. .
THIS IS DESIGNED AND INSPIRED BY THEIR WEDDING.
I THINK MAYBE FOR MY WEDDING
WE WOULD HAVE A BARBIE MADE
OF MY FIANCÉ AND MYSELF.
THAT WOULD BE A NICE THING.
The Narrator says 30 YEARS AGO,
THERE WERE NO SUPER RICH IN
BUT WENDY IS PART OF THE FIRST
GENERATION TO BE BORN INTO
Wendy sits at a dresser as a woman puts on a shiny bracelet on her wrist.
Wendy says I WAS VERY, VERY LUCKY.
MY DAD WAS ALREADY VERY
The Narrator says THESE BILLIONAIRE OFFSPRING
ARE OF INTENSE INTEREST TO THE
CHINESE MEDIA, AND WENDY IS
SOMETHING OF A CELEBRITY BACK
SHE EVEN HAS HER OWN MAKEUP
ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER TO
MAINTAIN HER GLAMOUROUS IMAGE.
A clip shows Wendy posing for pictures and her Instagram account.
Wendy says I THINK THEY ARE VERY
INTERESTED IN THE SECOND
GENERATION OF THE RICH IN CHINA,
BECAUSE OF THE SOCIAL
ENVIRONMENT AT THE MOMENT.
BUT I WOULD ONLY WANT TO PRESENT
MYSELF IN THE RIGHT WAY.
The Narrator says UNFORTUNATELY, THANKS TO
SOCIAL MEDIA, THE ANTICS OF
SOME OF WENDY'S MORE WAYWARD
COMPATRIOTS HAVEN'T GONE DOWN
SO WELL BACK HOME.
THE SIGHT OF THE CHILDREN OF
CHINA'S POLITICAL AND BUSINESS
ELITE BURNING MONEY FOR FUN,
AND SMASHING UP THEIR SUPER
CARS, HAS PROMPTED A FIERCE
THE SON OF THE RICHEST MAN IN
CHINA CAUSED OUTRAGE WHEN HE
BOUGHT TWO GOLD APPLE WATCHES...
FOR HIS DOG.
Wendy says EVERYBODY WHO WAS BORN
IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES COULD BE SPOILED
OR WASTE THEIR PRIVILEGE, BUT I'M LOOKING
TO MAKE A MORE POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT
AND I'M LOOKING
TO DO MORE MEANINGFUL THINGS.
The Narrator says WENDY IS KEEN TO SILENCE THE
CRITICS, AND SHOW SHE CAN
BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
WOMAN IN HER OWN RIGHT.
Wendy says I HAVE A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY
Wendy IN TERMS OF THE FAMILY HERITAGE,
BECAUSE I'M THE ONLY CHILD, AND
I WANT TO BE A GOOD DAUGHTER.
The Narrator says WENDY'S MAIN BUSINESS IS
INVESTING IN ONLINE COMPANIES,
INCLUDING A 16.5 BILLION DOLLAR APP
FOR TAXIS THAT'S BEEN A SUCCESS
Wendy shows the app on her cell phone wearing an impressive ring on her index finger.
Wendy says THEY HAVE 80 percent
OF THE MARKET SHARE
WHERE UBER HAVE LESS THAN 20 percent
SO IN CHINA IT'S AN APP YOU MUST USE.
DON'T HATE ME UBER!
The Narrator says WENDY MAY BE INVOLVED IN MULTI-
BILLION DOLLAR DEALS AT THE AGE
OF 26, BUT HER FATHER IS STILL
ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MEN
IN CHINA, AND SHE WILL BE
EXPECTED TO LIVE UP TO HIS
A portrait of Wendy's parents next to her and her brother appears.
The Female Interviewer says DO YOU THINK YOU CAN
BE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN HIM?
Wendy smiles and says I HOPE SO, I HOPE SO.
THAT WOULD MAKE HIM REALLY PROUD.
THAT IS ONE OF HIS WISHES
AND DREAMS AS WELL,
SO I HOPE I CAN FULFIL THAT.
(enchanting music plays)
The Narrator says LONDON IS BECOMING THE CITY
OF CHOICE FOR BILLIONAIRES LIKE
IT'S AN EASY PLACE TO DO
BUSINESS, AND THE OPPORTUNITY
TO SHOP TILL YOU DROP IS SECOND
LAST YEAR, THE CHINESE SPENT
HALF A BILLION POUNDS IN THE
UK, MORE THAN ANY OTHER
28-YEAR-OLD SHAWN IS A PRIVATE
JEWELLER FOR SUPER RICH
Shwann stands on the street speaking on the phone in Chinese.
The Narrator continues A BILLIONAIRE CLIENT IS ONE THE
PHONE, ASKING HIM TO BUY A RING
HE WANTS, WITH A BUDGET OF
The Female Interviewer says SO IT'S A GUY BUYING
Shawn shows a picture of a hand wearing a diamond ring on his cell phone.
Shawn says YES, IT'S A GENTLEMAN.
HE LOVE BIG DIAMONDS.
I DIDN'T FALL ASLEEP LAST NIGHT,
IT'S ONLY TWO-- NO, IT'S THREE
OR FOUR HOURS.
EVERY TIME I'VE GOT A BIG DEAL,
I JUST, I CAN'T FALL ASLEEP,
IT'S VERY TIGHT AND VERY TENSE
HOPEFULLY I WILL GET THIS DEAL
TODAY, AND I'M GETTING INTO THE
The Narrator says SHAWN RECEIVES TEN PERCENT
COMMISSION FOR THE DEALS HE
MAKES ON BEHALF OF HIS CLIENTS.
THE CHINESE ARE FAMOUSLY PICKY
ABOUT WHO THEY DO BUSINESS
Now, Shawn sits on a sofa in an elegant room.
Shawn says FOR CHINESE CULTURE, IT'S
VERY PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT TO
AND TO BUILD THAT TRUST, I THINK
THE TWO ESSENCES IS FIRST YOU
HAVE TO LOOK LIKE CHINESE, AND
SECOND, YOU HAVE TO SPEAK THE
The Narrator says SHAWN'S UPBRINGING
IN CHINA WAS MODEST, BUT NOW
HIS TURNOVER IS ALREADY OVER A
HE'S AMBITIOUS, AND WANTS TO
EXPAND HIS BUSINESS BY SETTING
UP A NEW CONCIERGE COMPANY,
CALLED MAYFAIR CHAN, CATERING
TO THE WHIMS OF THE CHINESE
Shawn says I LIVE AT MAYFAIR, AND THIS
IS A HOT LOCATION FOR ALL OF THE
HIGH NET WORTH CLIENTS.
I LOVE MAYFAIR.
Shawn sits next to a man in his fifties looking at a web page on a laptop.
The man in his fifties says WE ARE 95 percent THERE.
Shawn says OKAY.
The man in his fifties says WE NEED TO JUST GET IT
Shawn says YES, I'M REALLY
A clip shows the Queen meeting the Chinese president. Then, he has a beer next to the Prime Minister.
The Narrator says SHAWN IS NOT THE ONLY ONE
FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN THIS NEW
THE UK GOVERNMENT KNOWS HOW
USEFUL THIS CAN BE TO THE
ECONOMY, AND LAST YEAR, ROLLED
OUT THE RED CARPET FOR CHINESE
PRESIDENT XI JINPING.
HIS TRIP CONTRIBUTED TO 40
BILLION POUNDS WORTH OF
In the clip, a female reporter says THE PREMIER,
WELCOMED THROUGH THE DOOR AT
WITH NUMBER 10 WITH A HANDSHAKE
FROM DAVID CAMERON, BEFORE
OVERSEEING THE OFFICIAL SIGN-
OFF OF A STRING OF GOVERNMENT
TO GOVERNMENT DEALS.
The clip ends.
The Narrator says NOW THE CHINESE
HAVE ACQUIRED STAKES IN MANY
INCLUDING THOSE IN A FAMOUS
STREET IN CENTRAL LONDON, WHERE
SOME OF BRITAIN'S OLDEST SHOPS
A clip shows the facades of Barclays, House of Fraser, Gieves and Hawkes and Henry Poole and Co.
The Narrator continues TAILORS HAVE BEEN CUTTING CLOTH
AT SAVILE ROW FOR OVER 200
YEARS, FOR SOME OF THE MOST
FAMOUS FIGURES IN HISTORY.
Anthony stands in a first-level store. He is in his mid-fifties, clean-shaven with receding hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, blue silk tie and a white pocket square.
Anthony says WINSTON CHURCHILL
WAS A CUSTOMER FROM ABOUT 1905.
CHARLES DE GAULLE, TOULOUSE-
LAUTREC, CHARLES DICKENS...
The Narrator says NOW, THOUGH, SOME OF THESE
SHOPS IN THE ROW HAVE CHINESE
MONEY BEHIND THEM.
A caption reads "Mick Shunshine. Henry Poole Tailor." He is in his seventies, clean-shaven with white hair. He wears glasses and a striped polo shirt.
Sewing a button to a sleeve in a studio, Mick says IT'S BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE...
AND OTHER PEOPLE.
THEY'RE IN A TYPE OF BESPOKE
TAILORING, BUT IT'S NOT-- IT'S
MORE, ALMOST A READY-MADE TYPE
THAT'S NOT SAVILE ROW, AND
THAT'S NOT WHAT PEOPLE WANT.
The Narrator says THE OLDEST TAILORS ON THE ROW
ARE HENRY POOLE.
ALL THE SUITS HERE ARE ENTIRELY
HANDMADE, AND CAN COST UP TO
Anthony says WE'RE ABOUT TO
CELEBRATE THIS YEAR 170 YEARS OF
BEING ON THE ROW.
WHEN YOU ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT
IT, YOU THINK "GOSH, THAT IS
QUITE-- THAT IS QUITE
The Narrator says THEY'RE ONE OF THE FEW
TAILORS LEFT THAT ARE STILL
THEY HAVE VERY FEW CHINESE
CUSTOMERS, WHICH IS SOMETHING
SALES MANAGER ANTHONY IS KEEN
Anthony says I'M PRETTY CERTAIN THERE IS A
BIG CHINESE MARKET OUT THERE.
UM, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY
MILLIONAIRES THEY'VE GOT OUT
THERE, BUT... THERE'S ENOUGH.
The Female Interviewer says OH, I CAN TELL YOU,
BILLIONAIRES, IT'S 593.
Anthony says WOW, OKAY.
He chuckles and WELL, THERE YOU GO, SEE?
SO, WE WANT TO BE OUT THERE,
TAKING A SLICE OF IT.
The Narrator says HENRY POOLE HAS BEEN SLOW TO
EMBRACE MODERN TECHNOLOGY, BUT
ANTHONY HAS HEARD THE CHINESE
DO ALL THEIR BUSINESS ON AN APP
IT HAS 550 MILLION USERS IN
CHINA, AND ANTHONY SEES IT AS A
MEANS TO REACH MORE POTENTIAL
Anthony shows the app on his cell phone and says THERE, THAT IS THE RIGHT
THING, ISN'T IT?
OH GOOD, OKAY.
NOW WHAT WE'LL DO IS JUST GET
PEOPLE SIGNED UP.
He chuckles and says BUT AT LEAST I'M ACTUALLY
GETTING IT ON THE PHONE, WHICH
The Female Interviewer says HAVE YOU GOT ANY
Anthony says UM, NOT YET, I HAVE TO GET A
BIT OF A PROFILE FIRST.
I'LL FIGURE IT OUT.
The Narrator says ANTHONY IS HOPING TO USE HIS
NEW APP TO ENTER THE CHINESE
MARKET, AND DRAG HIS BUSINESS
INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.
Anthony says FEE, FI, FO, FUM...
I SMELL THE BLOOD OF A...
CHINAMAN-- OH, NO.
(violin music plays)
The Narrator says THE QUINTESSENTIALLY ENGLISH
TOWN OF HANDSOME TERRACES AND
MANY CHINESE COVET THIS
TRADITION AND HERITAGE, AND
GATHER HERE TO HAVE ROMANTIC
PHOTOS TAKEN NEXT TO COBBLED
STREETS AND LISTED BUILDINGS.
A young married couple gets photographed in a stony path.
A Chinese bride speaks Chinese.
Subtitles read "ENGLAND IS A PLACE
WITH BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS
AND IT IS VERY ROMANTIC."
The Narrator says EXCEPT THIS ISN'T ENGLAND.
THIS IS JUST OUTSIDE OF
THAMES TOWN WAS BUILT TEN YEARS
AGO AS A REPLICA TOWN FOR
ASPIRATIONAL CHINESE TO
EXPERIENCE THE FLAVOUR OF A
TYPICAL ENGLISH COMMUNITY,
WITHOUT ACTUALLY LEAVING CHINA
AND FLYING OVER TO LONDON.
BUT NOW, WITH MORE DISPOSABLE
INCOME, AND THE RELAXING OF
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, MORE AND
MORE CHINESE ARE DOING THE
ENGLISH EXPERIENCE FOR REAL,
AND FLYING OVER TO THE UK.
A bride poses next to the British Parliament.
Ray is in his mid-twenties, clean-shaven with black hair. He wears glasses and a black jacket.
Ray says EVEN THOUGH I'VE BEEN HERE SO
MANY TIMES, IT STILL LOOKS
SPECTACULAR FOR ME.
The Narrator says MANY OF THE CHINESE VISITORS
ARE COUPLES WHO HIRE
PHOTOGRAPHERS TO SNAP THEM IN
FRONT OF LONDON'S FAMOUS
LANDMARKS, PARTICULARLY THOSE
FEATURED IN FILMS.
THIS IS THE REAL TOWER BRIDGE.
A bride wearing a red dress says I WILL REMEMBER FOREVER.
IN THE FUTURE I WILL SHOW THIS PHOTO
TO MY CHILDREN AND FAMILY.
I THINK THIS IS A GOOD THING.
The Narrator says RAY WU IS A WEDDING
PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN
Ray says THIS YEAR, IT'S AROUND
MORE THAN 200 COUPLES I'VE DONE
SO FAR, SO WE HAVE MANY DOUBLE
BOOKINGS, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE
TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS, TWO TEAMS TO
COVER THE PHOTO SHOOT.
The Narrator says BUSINESS IS BOOMING.
RAY HAS NOW OPENED HIS OWN
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO IN
LONDON, FOR COUPLES WHO WANT TO
MOCK UP A FAIRY TALE BRITISH
Now, Roy sits at a computer desk in a room filled with wedding dresses. His computer screen shows a couple standing on a cliff.
The Female Interviewer says THAT'S ENGLAND.
Roy says THAT'S IN-- THAT'S ENGLAND,
BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE...
QUITE ENGLAND, DOES IT?
A clip shows pictures of married couple posing in stereotypical positions.
The Narrator says THE CHINESE TEND TO ONLY HIRE
CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHERS, BECAUSE
THEY HAVE A STYLE MANY
EUROPEANS DON'T SHARE.
WHAT'S UNUSUAL IS THAT MANY OF
THESE COUPLES HAVE ALREADY
MARRIED BACK IN CHINA,
SOMETIMES YEARS AGO.
The Female Interviewer says DO YOU THINK PEOPLE IN
CHINA WILL THINK THEY GOT
Ray says NO.
The Female Interviewer says 'CAUSE IT LOOKS SO
REALISTIC WHEN I LOOK AT THAT.
Roy says IT'S REAL-- YEAH.
IT'S SO REALISTIC.
The Narrator says XIAO LIN WU AND JIN BIN HUANG
MARRIED SIX MONTHS AGO AND HAVE
TRAVELLED 5,000 MILES FROM
NOW THEY'RE GETTING READY FOR
THE BIG SHOOT.
Xiao Lin Wu opens a curtain and Jin Bin Huang appears wearing a wedding dress.
The Female Interviewer says WHY DO YOU WANT TO
HAVE YOUR PHOTOS DONE IN THE UK?
In her mid-twenties, Jin says BECAUSE I STUDIED IN THE UK,
THIS IS THE FIRST REASON.
THE UK HAS A SPECIAL MEANING TO ME.
The Female Interviewer says IS HE YOUR HUSBAND OR YOUR
Laughing nervously, Jin says I THINK IT IS MY HUSBAND.
The Narrator says BACK IN COMMUNIST CHINA, THE
OFFICIAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY
TENDS TO BE A FAR MORE SPARTAN
AFFAIR THAN THE ROMANCE THESE
COUPLES SEEK IN A BRITISH
IF YOU'RE GONNA DO IT, PICK A
RAY TAKES THEM TO ST. PAUL'S
The Female Interviewer says DO YOU EVER GET, YOU
KNOW, LOCALS STOPPING YOU AND
HAVING INTEREST IN WHAT YOU'RE
Roy says THEY ARE, MOST OF THEM ARE
STOPPING BY, ASKING "OH, ARE
THEY GETTING MARRIED TODAY?"
I SAY "NO, THEY'VE ALREADY GOT
The couple poses for a picture.
Ray says SKIP TOWARDS ME!
Roy says WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE SORT OF A
JOYFUL, YOU KNOW, MOTION
PICTURE, SO THEY'LL BE RUNNING
TOWARDS THE CAMERA.
(speaking Chinese dialect)
Roy shows the groom how to run in slow motion holding the bridal bouquet.
The Narrator says EVERY DAY, SCORES OF CHINESE
COUPLES HAVE PHOTOS TAKEN
OUTSIDE THE FAMOUS CATHEDRAL
Ray says SOMETIMES THERE'S A
QUEUE, SO I NEED TO WAIT A
LITTLE BIT, BEFORE WE CAN MOVE
TO THE RIGHT LOCATION.
The Female Interviewer says AND IS THE QUEUE
Ray says THE QUEUE IS ALWAYS CHINESE.
The Narrator says BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM.
A CATHEDRAL OFFICIAL HAS
A Female Employee says HAVE YOU GOT
PERMISSION TO FILM HERE?
Roy says NORMALLY WE CAN, WE CAN DO IT
The Female Employee says NO, YOU CAN'T.
Roy says OH, REALLY, OKAY, SORRY.
The Female Employee says ALL THIS AREA HERE, NO.
Roy says I SEE, SORRY, OKAY, SURE.
The Female Employee says I'M SORRY, IF YOU
WANT PERMISSION, YOU JUST HAVE
TO WRITE TO OUR PR PERSON.
Roy says OKAY, OKAY, SURE, I THINK WE
SHOULD START, YEAH, NO PROBLEM.
The Female Employee says IS THAT OKAY?
Ray says THANK YOU, YEAH.
The Narrator says PRIVATE JEWELLER
SHAWN WAS BORN IN CHINA, BUT
MOVED TO THE UK WHEN HE WAS 20.
AFTER A STINT AS A PRIVATE
BANKER, SHAWN DECIDED TO USE
HIS CONTACTS AND START WORKING
FOR THE SUPER RICH CHINESE.
Shawn opens a big white Rolex box.
The Male Interviewer says HOW RICH ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
Shawn says MULTI-BILLIONAIRE, YES.
Smiling, he continues AND THEY LOVE SPENDING THAT.
AND THANK GOD, YOU KNOW.
IF THERE'S NO RICH CLIENT, IF
THERE'S NO CLIENT WHO WANT TO
SPEND THE MONEY ON LUXURY, WHERE
ARE WE GONNA BE?
The Narrator says SHAWN'S GOT A PLAN
TO SET UP A CONCIERGE BUSINESS
FOR HIS RICH CLIENTS WHEN THEY
VISIT LONDON, AND HE MIGHT HAVE
HIS FIRST BILLIONAIRE CLIENT.
Mr Teo gets into a silver plane. He is in his early fifties, clean-shaven with short hair. He wears black-rimmed glasses, a black cap that reads "Australia" and a black jacket.
Mr Teo says THIS IS ONE OF OUR SMALL TOOLS.
A TOY THAT WE LIKE TO USE AND FLY AROUND.
The Narrator says MR. TEO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE
CHINA HORSE CLUB, WHICH HAS
SOME OF THE RICHEST MEN IN ASIA
IT COSTS A MILLION DOLLARS JUST
Mr Teo says THERE SHE IS.
The Narrator says BETTING IS BANNED IN CHINA,
SO MR. TEO GOES ABROAD TO BUY
TODAY, HE'S IN IRELAND TO BUY
THE MOST EXPENSIVE HORSE AT AN
Mr Teo approaches a horse and says DO YOU REMEMBER ME?
(making clicking noises)
GIVE IT A WALK THIS WAY.
I MEAN, THAT'S YOUR SUPERMODEL.
The Female Interviewer says SUPERMODELS DON'T GET
OUT OF BED FOR SMALL CHANGE.
Mr Teo says WE MADE THE RECORD
IN THE WHOLE YEAR IN TERMS
OF THE AMOUNT PAID.
IT'S ONLY ABOUT EURO 1.7 MILLION.
The Narrator says MR. TEO IS FIRMLY IN SHAWN'S
SIGHTS AS A USEFUL CONNECTION
FOR HIS CONCIERGE COMPANY.
HE'S ARRANGED TO MEET HIM AT A
TOP PRIVATE MEMBERS' CLUB IN
Shawn says HIS LIFESTYLE IS TRAVEL ALL
THE TIME, AND THIS IS THE CLIENT
I WANT, AND THIS IS THE CLIENT
WHO CAN FIT IN OUR CRITERIA.
Now, Shawn and Mr Teo sit on brown sofas in a classic carpeted room.
Shawn says BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE, OUR
CLIENT, IF THEY'RE FIRST TIME IN
LONDON, THEY LOVE TO GO TO LIKE,
HARROD'S, BOND STREET,
AND WE CAN ORGANIZE PERSONAL
SHOPPING, A VERY TOP MICHELIN
RESTAURANT THE SAME DAY, IF YOU
WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH DAVID
BECKHAM, WE CAN ORGANIZE IT.
Mr Teo nods.
The Narrator says BUT MR. TEO'S GOT SOMETHING
ELSE IN MIND FOR HIS CLUB
Mr Teo says DO YOU HAVE
EVENTS RELATED TO THE ROYALS?
Shawn says ROYALTY AS WELL.
Mr Teo says CASTLE, JEWELLERY...
Shawn says YES, YES.
WE CAN DO THAT, FOR SURE.
WE CAN'T TELL SPECIFICALLY HOW,
BUT WE DID THAT... UM, YES.
Mr Teo says GOING FORWARD IN 2016,
DEFINITELY I THINK SHAWN
THERE WILL BE AREAS WE CAN COVER.
Shawn says YES.
Mr Teo says OKAY.
The Narrator says 20 YEARS AGO, BILLIONAIRES
LIKE MR. TEO DIDN'T EXIST IN
Now, Shawn stands in his minimalistic apartment.
The Male Interviewer says I THOUGHT THE CHINESE WERE
Shawn says COMMUNIST... UM, THERE'S NO
CONFLICT BETWEEN BEING A
COMMUNIST AND CONSUMING LUXURY
FOR ME, THIS IS THE CURRENT
The Male Interviewer says BUT ISN'T EVERYONE
MEANT TO BE EQUAL IN COMMUNISM?
Shawn says EQUAL... THERE IS NO EQUAL IN
A clip shows people in a Buddhist temple and outdoors practising Tai Chi.
The Narrator says WHILE CHINA HAS MAINTAINED
ITS COMMUNIST STATUS, VAST
INEQUALITY HAS EMERGED IN THE
WENDY YU'S FAMILY HAVE MADE
THEIR BILLIONS UNDER THE
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY RULE.
In a car, Wendy says MY FATHER STARTED HIS
COMPANY ABOUT 26 YEARS AGO.
NOW WE HAVE AROUND 1,000 RETAIL
STORES IN MAINLAND CHINA AND
AND WE ARE THE BIGGEST WOODEN
DOOR MANUFACTURERS IN ASIA.
The Narrator says WENDY HAS TRAVELLED BACK TO
CHINA TO HELP HER FATHER WITH
HIS WOODEN DOOR BUSINESS.
Soldiers chant and run near a facility.
A Factory Foreman says WHAT IS OUR DUTY?
Aligned workers yell ACHIEVE SELF WORTH!
The Narrator says THE FACTORY IS THE SIZE OF A
SMALL TOWN, WITH EMPLOYEES
LIVING ON SITE, AND A FEROCIOUS
WORK ETHIC ENCOURAGED.
The Narrator says WENDY HAS COME TO HELP WITH THE
PRESS LAUNCH FOR A NEW
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN FOR THE
THE ADVERT IS FRONTED BY ONE OF
CHINA'S BIGGEST FILM STARS,
ANDY LAU, CHINA'S ANSWER TO
An ad shows a man wearing a suit entering a lavish room and painting a canvas.
The Narrator says THE PRESS LAUNCH IS A HUGE
MULTI-MILLION POUND CELEBRITY
EVENT, AND INCLUDES ANDY LAU
WALKING THROUGH DOORS.
Wendy sits in the audience recording the event with her cell phone.
The Narrator says WENDY IS A FAN OF ANDY LAU, BUT
THERE'S ONE PERSON SHE LOOKS UP
TO ABOVE ALL OTHERS.
Wendy says I WANT TO BUILD MY OWN
SUCCESS, AND HAVE A CAREER THAT
I'M PROUD OF, AND HAVE THE
CAREER IN BUSINESS THAT MY
FATHER IS PROUD OF, MY FAMILY IS
PROUD OF, AS WELL.
The Narrator says ONLY CHILD WENDY HAS
SCHEDULED A MEETING WITH HER
SHE WANTS TO IMPRESS HIM WITH
THE 16 AND A HALF BILLION
DOLLAR TAXI APP SHE'S INVESTED
Wendy and her father sit on fancy white sofas.
Wendy says WE'VE SIGNED THE CONTRACT,
THEY'VE GOT THE MONEY
AND THE DEAL IS CLOSED.
The Narrator says HER FATHER ISN'T OVERLY
IMPRESSED, BUT WENDY IS USED TO
Now, Wendy travels in a car.
Wendy says IN CHINA, WE MAYBE-- LIKE, WE
HAVE-- THE PARENTS TEND TO HAVE
VERY HIGH STANDARDS, AND FROM
WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG, WE WERE
ASKED TO WORK VERY HARD TO MAKE
OUR FAMILY PROUD.
I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE
REASON THAT CHINA IS GROWING SO
The Narrator says WENDY'S FATHER'S SUCCESS IS A
RAGS TO RICHES STORY.
HE GREW UP IN EXTREME POVERTY,
AND UNDER THE REPRESSIVE RULE
OF COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER,
BUT DESPITE THIS, MANY OF
WENDY'S FATHER'S GENERATION
STILL REVERE MAO.
THERE IS A MUSEUM IN SHANGHAI
DEVOTED TO THE INFAMOUS LEADER.
Now, Wendy stands in a museum looking at a portrait of a male leader.
Wendy says MY DAD IS A HUGE FAN
OF MAO ZEDONG
BUT MY GRANDPA IS ACTUALLY 'YOUPAI'
DURING THE CULTURAL
REVOLUTION, BUT MY DAD -
A Male Museum Guide says YOUPAI, YOU SEE THE POSTER HERE.
The Narrator says YOUPAI WERE THE VICTIMS OF A
PURGE IN 1957 INSTIGATED BY
MAO, WHERE INTELLECTUALS WERE
ARRESTED, INCLUDING WENDY'S
In his fifties, the Museum Guide says SO, INTELLECTUALS BECAME THE
Wendy says YES, THAT'S TRUE, THAT'S WHY
THEY WERE BEING SENT TO THE
PRISONS, OR THEY WOULD BE SENT
TO THE VILLAGES.
The Museum Guide points to a cartoon depicting an angry male worker.
He says SO THIS IS 1957.
10 PERCENT OF
CHINESE INTELLECTUALS BECAME 'RIGHTIST.'
THAT MEANS THEY WILL BE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.
THAT'S VERY, THAT'S VERY BAD.
Wendy says YEAH, LIKE I WASN'T BORN, AND
MY DAD WAS STILL VERY YOUNG, BUT
I THINK IT ALWAYS HAS SHAPED MY
DAD AND HIS SIBLINGS.
STRONG PERSONALITY AND THE
The Narrator says 50 YEARS AGO, WENDY'S FAMILY
WERE MAOIST DISSIDENTS, IN
DANGER OF PERSECUTION.
NOW THEY'RE AMONGST THE RICHEST
PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
CHINA'S ECONOMY HAS BOOMED IN
RECENT YEARS, AND BUSINESS
INVESTMENT FROM ITS NEW SUPER
RICH HAS BEEN COURTED IN
BRITAIN, THROUGHOUT THE RECENT
MORE AND MORE ICONIC BRITISH
BRANDS ARE BEING BOUGHT BY THE
EVEN THE FAMOUS LONDON TAXIS
ARE NOW OWNED BY A COMPANY FROM
SOME OF BRITAIN'S OLDEST BRANDS
ARE LOCATED IN SAVILE ROW, BUT
NOW MANY OF THESE HISTORIC
SHOPS HAVE CHINESE INVESTMENT.
THE FOUNDERS OF SAVILE ROW ARE
THE TAILORS, HENRY POOLE.
THEY'RE STILL BRITISH-OWNED,
BUT SALES MANAGER ANTHONY IS
DESPERATE TO GET A SLICE OF THE
In his store, Anthony says THEY'VE GOT THE WORLD'S
TALLEST MAN, HAVEN'T THEY?
I MEAN, IN A SENSE, IT WOULD BE
QUITE NICE TO DO HIM, BECAUSE IT
WOULD BE QUITE A-- UM, A TALKING
The Narrator says TODAY, A CHINESE FASHION
BLOGGER CALLED TONY LIN IS
EXPLORING SAVILE ROW.
Tony Lin walks in. He is in his early thirties, clean-shaven with black hair. He wears sunglasses, a gray suit and a white embroidered coat over his shoulders.
Anthony says HELLO, SIR, HOW DO YOU DO?
Anthony shakes his hand and Tony kisses him twice too.
Anthony says OH, HELLO.
Tony says THANK YOU.
Anthony says OKAY, PLEASURE.
The Narrator says TONY LIN IS INTERESTED IN
DOING A BLOG ABOUT SOME OF THE
SHOP'S MOST HISTORIC SUITS.
Talking Tony and a young female translator, Anthony says THIS IS A PRIVY
COUNCIL UNIFORM, THAT WE USED TO
MAKE BETWEEN 1846 AND 1947.
THIS IS A COACHMAN'S LIVERY THAT
WE MADE FOR A CUSTOMER FOR HIS
The Narrator says TONY LIN IS FAMOUS BACK IN
CHINA, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR
ANTHONY, FAMOUS ON WECHAT.
Anthony says I-- I'VE JUST SIGNED UP TO
Tony says WECHAT.
Anthony says YES, WELL...
They all laugh.
In Chinese, Tony says YOU MEAN THIS GUY
HAS GOT WECHAT?
The Translator says YEAH.
Anthony says I-- I PROBABLY WON'T BE ABLE TO
UNDERSTAND IT, BUT...
Tony speaks Chinese.
In her late twenties, the Translator says THAT WILL BE GREAT, BECAUSE
HE HAS A-- THE WECHAT ACCOUNT
AS WELL, YOU CAN BE THE FRIEND.
Anthony says EXCELLENT, OKAY.
WE CAN CONVERSE.
I'M AFRAID THAT I'M VERY SLOW ON
IT, SO FORGIVE ME, BUT I WILL
TRY AND SPEED UP.
Tony and Anthony take their cell phones out.
The Translator says SCAN THE BARCODE.
Anthony says OKAY.
The Narrator says ANTHONY ATTEMPTS TO BECOME
FRIENDS WITH TONY LIN.
The Translator says THIS IS HOW IT STARTS WITH
Anthony says WE CAN TAKE A PIC OF ME NOW,
Tony says HE NEVER SENT A MESSAGE.
Tony and the translator laugh.
The Translator says THIS IS THE FIRST TIME FOR
HIM TO USE THIS.
Anthony says THIS-- YES, THIS IS...
The Translator says USING WECHAT.
Anthony says THIS IS A BRAVE NEW WORLD.
The Narrator says ANTHONY DOES HIS FIRST POST.
Anthony talks to his cell phone and says HERE AT HENRY POOLE WITH
TONY, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO
CONNECTING ON WECHAT.
The Narrator says YEAH, YEAH, YOU CAN TYPE IT
IN, IN THE COMMENTS.
Anthony says OH, RIGHT, RIGHT, SORRY.
They all laugh.
The Narrator says AND THEN SEND IT.
Anthony says HERE WE GO, THERE'S MORE TO
IT, I THOUGHT I WAS JUST TALKING
TO IT, THERE WE GO.
The Narrator says ANTHONY IS HOPING TONY LIN
WILL RECOMMEND HIS SHOP TO SOME
OF HIS CHINESE FRIENDS ONLINE.
Anthony says HE'S OBVIOUSLY VERY WELL
CONNECTED ON WECHAT.
BY THE SOUND OF IT, HE HAS TENS
OF THOUSANDS, SO IT'S A GOOD
UM, I JUST HOPE I CAN KEEP UP
WITH IT ALL, BUT YEAH, I THINK
IT'S BEEN A SUCCESSFUL
The Narrator says THE TAILORS OF SAVILE ROW
HAVE ALWAYS CLOTHED THE BRITISH
UPPER CLASSES, BUT THIS CLASS
SYSTEM IS SOMETHING THAT
DOESN'T EXIST IN COMMUNIST
AND SOME SAY THAT THIS IS WHY
THEY'RE FASCINATED WITH ENGLISH
HERITAGE AND TRADITION.
The caption changes to "Patricia Woodall and Jenni Hallam-Peel. London Season Organisers."
Patricia says WELL, I THINK THEY LOVE GOING
TO STATELY HOMES AND MIXING WITH
THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THE
THEY HAVE GOT THEIR OWN VERY
SPECIAL THINGS IN THEIR COUNTRY,
BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THEY DON'T
The Narrator says IN RECENT YEARS, THERE'S BEEN
A HUGE INCREASE IN WEALTHY
YOUNG CHINESE GIRLS SIGNING UP
TO THE LONDON SEASON.
INCLUDING BILLIONAIRESS WENDY
THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE COURSE TO
COACH YOUNG GIRLS IN THE ART OF
BECOMING A LADY.
IT SEEMS YOU DON'T ACTUALLY
NEED TO BE BORN INTO THE SYSTEM
TO BE PART OF IT.
Wendy and Patricia toast in a beautiful garden.
Patricia says LOVELY TO HAVE YOU HEAR,
The Narrator says WENDY SPENDS THE NEXT WEEK
LEARNING IMPORTANT SKILLS, SUCH
AS WEARING A TIARA.
A Male Instructor says THEY'RE WORN LIKE
THAT, AND THAT IS WONDERFULLY
WORN, THAT IS EXACTLY HOW IT
THE ONLY THING IS DON'T DROP IT.
Wendy wears a tiara. Smiling, she poses for a picture and the tiara falls but she rapidly catches it.
The Narrator says NEXT, WENDY GOES TO THE
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL
TO LEARN HOW TO HOLD THE
Wendy walks in a straight line.
A Female Ballet Teacher says WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS
ACTUALLY MAKE YOU STAND AS
PORT DE BRAS...
Wendy and three other young women stand in the position asked.
Patricia says BRILLIANT!
The Narrator says THEN WENDY HEADS TO THE DUKE
OF SOMERSET'S STATELY HOME...
The Duke says WE ALL HERE?
YEAH, LET'S MAKE OUR WAY DOWN.
The Narrator says --WHERE SHE'S EXPECTED TO
MASTER THE ART OF CLAY PIGEON
The Duke says PULL!
A young woman shoots and says WHOA!
The Duke says PULL!
OH, WELL DONE!
RIGHT, THIS IS WENDY.
A man in his sixties says ALL RIGHT, HAVE YOU EVER DONE
Wendy says NO.
He hands her a riffle and says NO... AND BRING THE GUN DOWN
Wendy says OKAY.
The man in his sixties says OKAY, PULL.
YOU SHOOT AT THE THING, YOU
DON'T ACTUALLY FIRE WHEN YOU SAY
Wendy says OH, OKAY.
The man in his sixties says PULL.
The Duke approaches her and says YEAH, AS DAVID, SAID, THE
"PULL" IS FOR JASON TO DO
SOMETHING, YOU ONLY FIRE WHEN
IT'S UP IN THE SKY.
Wendy says OKAY.
The Duke says AS SOON AS IT GETS ABOVE THE
TREES THERE, YOU SHOULD FIRE.
Wendy says OKAY, SURE.
The Duke says HAVE ONE MORE GO.
The man in his sixties says I WON'T SHOUT "PULL" THIS
TIME, I'LL JUST WAVE AT JASON.
He laughs and says WELL, YEAH.
Wendy says THANK YOU, THANKS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
The Duke says WELL DONE, EVERYONE, YOU DID
The Female Interviewer says THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Wendy smiles looking at her cell phone.
The Duke says VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD,
SPLENDID-- COME ON BACK TO THE
HOUSE, AND WE'LL HAVE, I DON'T
KNOW, TEA OR SOMETHING.
The Narrator says AT THE END OF THE WEEK, IT'S
WENDY'S FATHER HAS COME ALL THE
WAY FROM CHINA TO ACCOMPANY HIS
DAUGHTER TO THE GRAND BALL
LATER THAT EVENING.
Wendy and her father walk into a sumptuous reception.
Patricia says NOW, WENDY, YOU ARE NUMBER
The Narrator says MR. YU IS A SELF-MADE MAN WHO
HASN'T COME FACE TO FACE WITH
BRITISH ARISTOCRACY BEFORE.
Patricia says CAN YOU ALL STOP TALKING
The Narrator says AT THE REHEARSAL,
WENDY IS KEEN TO IMPRESS HIM.
Wendy and her father walk one next to the other. She gently grabs his left hand.
Jennie is in her early fifties, with long brown hair and bangs. She wears a reddish patterned shirt.
Jennie says WENDY, YOU CANNOT WALK LIKE
THAT IN THE PROCESSION.
YOU REALLY NEED TO WALK WITH
DIGNITY, AND SLOWLY, AND THIS
APPLIES TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE,
ALTHOUGH I HAVE TO SAY, EVERYONE
ELSE HAS WALKED IN A VERY...
IN A VERY NICE WAY.
They repeat the walking and bow at the end.
Jennie says CURTSY... PERFECT.
The Narrator says HER WALK IS A SUCCESS.
Patricia says ELIZABETH?
The Narrator says BUT SOME OF THE OTHER
DEBUTANTES FIND TEXAN DIP
CURTSY MORE CHALLENGING.
A young woman uncomfortably curtsies and stumbles.
The Narrator says THE DEBUTANTE OF THE YEAR WILL
BE ANNOUNCED AT TONIGHT'S BALL.
Patricia says WE'VE ALREADY MADE UP OUR
IT'S WHAT THEY'VE PUT INTO THE
SEASON, HOW THEY'VE BEHAVED, ET
AND SO THAT'S WHY WE'VE CHOSEN
THEM, FOR VERY GOOD REASONS.
BUT YOU KNOW, I CAN'T SAY.
The Narrator says WENDY WOULD DEARLY LIKE TO
IMPRESS HER FATHER BY TAKING
Wendy says PROBABLY IT'S GOING TO BE THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT CEREMONY BEFORE
MY WEDDING WITH MY FIANCÉ, SO
IT'S NICE TO HAVE THIS WITH MY
FATHER, WITH MY FAMILY HERE.
The Narrator says PRIVATE JEWELLER TO
BILLIONAIRES, SHAWN, HAS BIG
DREAMS OF WINNING HIS FIRST
CLIENT FOR HIS CONCIERGE
HORSE OWNER, MR. TEO.
BUT MR. TEO HAS SENT SHAWN A
CHALLENGE BEFORE HE'LL HIRE
HE'S ASKED SHAWN TO FIND THE
BEST HOTEL ROOM IN LONDON FOR
HIS VISIT IN A WEEK.
Shawn knocks on large wooden door and says HELLO, YES.
A woman opens and says HELLO, COME IN.
The Narrator says SHAWN CHECKS OUT THE
LANESBOROUGH TO SEE IF IT'S UP
Shawn says FOR ME, THIS IS ONE OF THE
BEST ROYAL SUITE IN LONDON.
UM, IT'S ALMOST IN A PALACE.
A close-up shot shows golden decoration in a white roof with a chandelier.
The Narrator says THE ROYAL SUITE CAN COST
31,000 POUNDS A NIGHT.
THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOTEL ROOM
IN THE UK.
Shawn says ALL OF THIS IS 23 KARAT GOLD
THIS HOTEL, LANESBOROUGH,
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE PRIVATE
BUTLER, SO WHAT KIND OF THE...
NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF REQUESTS
YOU HAVE, WE CAN ALWAYS PROVIDE
THE BEST SERVICE FOR THEM.
The Narrator says SHAWN'S CHINESE CLIENTS HAVE
VERY PARTICULAR REQUESTS.
Shawn says WE DEFINITELY, BEFORE THEM...
GONNA REMOVE THE MIRROR.
BECAUSE THE MIRROR, YOU CAN
NEVER HAVE FACING THE BED FOR
IT'S A BAD ENERGY, FENG SHUI,
Shawn takes pictures of the suite.
The Narrator says FOR SHAWN'S SUPER WEALTHY
CLIENTS, ONLY THE BEST WILL DO.
(thriumphal music plays)
The Narrator says CHINA'S CAPITAL, BEIJING.
AND AN UNLIKELY SHOP IS LOCATED
IN A HOTEL SHOPPING MALL.
A CHINESE INVESTOR HAS SET UP
AN EXACT REPLICA OF SAVILE ROW
TAILORS, HENRY POOLE.
Anthony says UM, WELL OBVIOUSLY A SUIT,
BUT WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
The Narrator says SALES MANAGER ANTHONY AND
HEAD TAILOR TOM HAVE GONE OVER
TO CONDUCT SOME FITTINGS.
Tom tries a jacket on a male customer. Tom is in his late thirties, with a large blond beard and blond hair. He wears a white shirt, striped tie and suspenders.
Tom says 35 AND THREE QUARTERS FRONT.
A Male Chinese Customer says 35 AND THREE QUARTER FRONT.
Tom says YUP, OKAY.
Another young male customer says IN HENRY POOLE, IT'S NOT
ABOUT THE SUIT THAT YOU ACTUALLY
WEAR, I THINK IT'S ACTUALLY A
LOT MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE,
WITH LIKE, TOM, WITH ANTHONY.
The Narrator says ANTHONY SEES THE TRIP AS A
PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO USE HIS
NEW WECHAT APP, SO HE CAN DRUM
UP BUSINESS FOR HIS SHOP BACK
Anthony and the customers shake hands.
Anthony says NICE TO MEET YOU.
Then, he talks to the camera and says APPARENTLY THEY HAVE 500 MILLION
USERS, SO IF WE GET ONE PERCENT
OF THAT, THAT'S GOING TO BE FIVE
MILLION, AND I'VE GOT 11 SO FAR.
SO... WE'VE STARTED.
Anthony photographs the two employees and says NI HAO!
Mina and David say NI HAO.
The Narrator says ANTHONY DECIDES TO UPLOAD A
VIDEO TO WECHAT, SO PEOPLE CAN
SEE WHAT THE SHOP IN CHINA IS
Anthony films the room and says WE HAVE A FIREPLACE, AND WE
HAVE THE COPIES OF THE ROYAL
WARRANT HERE, AND HOPEFULLY, YOU
WILL ENJOY YOUR TIME HERE WITH
MINA AND DAVID.
YOU KNOW WHAT, I'VE JUST
He chuckles and says I'VE BEEN DOING QUITE A GOOD JOB
THERE, APART FROM ONE THING.
I WASN'T VIDEOING IT!
WILL SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO USE
JUST REMIND ME TO PRESS THE
Mina speaks Chinese.
Anthony continues YES, ALL RIGHT, DON'T WORRY.
In her early thirties, Mina says ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR.
Anthony says YES.
The Narrator says ANTHONY FINALLY MANAGES TO
PRESS RECORD, AND UPLOADS THE
VIDEO ONTO WECHAT.
Anthony says IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LUNCH?
'CAUSE I THINK BY THE TIME LUNCH
IS FINISHED, THIS MIGHT HAVE
The Narrator says IT'S THE NIGHT OF THE GRAND
BALL, THE CULMINATION OF WENDY
YU'S LONDON SEASON COURSE.
WENDY IS ACCOMPANIED BY HER
FATHER, WHO HAS COME ALL THE
WAY FROM CHINA TO PRESENT HER.
Wendy dances a waltz wearing a posh white dress.
A band sings SOMEWHERE, BEYOND THE SEA,
SOMEWHERE, WAITING FOR ME
The Narrator says AT THE END OF THE EVENING,
THE DEBUTANTE OF THE YEAR WILL
BE ANNOUNCED, AND WENDY IS
HOPING TO IMPRESS HER FATHER BY
TAKING THE TITLE.
A Male Announcer says MR. FAN YEUNG KONG
AND MISS CAROL KONG.
The Narrator says THIS YEAR, A QUARTER OF THE
GIRLS ARE FROM CHINA.
BUT THEY'RE UP AGAINST STIFF
COMPETITION, INCLUDING BORIS
The Male Announcer says SIR TOBIAS LAW,
AND MISS ANNA BECKER.
MR. YU AND MISS WENDY YU.
The Narrator says AFTER HER TRAINING, WENDY
GETS HER WALK JUST RIGHT.
The Male Announcer says IT'S TIME FOR THE DEBUTANTE OF
THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Patricia and Jennie stand near a tall cake.
To the guests, Jennie says AND SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
235 YEARS, WE HAVE JOINT
DEBUTANTES OF THE YEAR, AND THEY
ARE RITSEMA AYULE-JEMIDE, AND
COULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD?
The Narrator says WENDY HASN'T WON, AND HER
PARENTS GO HOME.
Wendy says THEY LEFT REALLY EARLY.
THEY HAD A REALLY HUGE JETLAG
BUT THEY HAVE ABLE
TO WITNESS THE CEREMONY
AND THE PROCESSION.
The Male Interviewer says IS YOUR DAD PROUD OF YOU?
Wendy says I THINK THEY ARE PROUD
OF THEIR COUNTRY,
ABOUT WHAT CHINA HAS ACHIEVED TODAY.
The winner poses next to the cake.
The caption changes to "Jay Chou Wedding Video. Prod. JVR Music. Dir. Jay Chou."
A clip shows a young couple getting married at an extravagant ceremony.
The Narrator says LAST YEAR, ONE OF THE MOST
FAMOUS POP STARS IN ASIA, JAY
CHOU, CHOSE SELBY ABBEY IN
YORKSHIRE FOR HIS WEDDING.
NEITHER HE NOR HIS BRIDE HAD
ANY PREVIOUS CONNECTION TO THE
THEY FELT THE HISTORIC ABBEY
WAS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR
THEIR LAVISH CEREMONY.
THE EXTRAVAGANT VIDEO HE MADE
OF HIS WEDDING BECAME A
SENSATION IN CHINA.
NOW SELBY ABBY HAS BECOME
SOMETHING OF A PILGRIMAGE SITE
FOR HUNDREDS OF CHINESE FANS,
WHO ARE ENCHANTED WITH THE
FAIRY TALE VIDEO.
Menina is in her early twenties, with long black hair in a braid. She wears a pastel coat.
Menina says WE KNOW THIS CHURCH BECAUSE
OF JAY CHOU'S WEDDING.
AND WE THOUGHT THAT THEIR VIDEO
IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL.
A Female Guest says I LOVE HIM.
I THINK IT'S MY DREAM PLACE IS
TO HAVE A WEDDING, YEAH.
Ray says I THINK MOST OF THE
PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW SELBY ABBEY
The Narrator says WHILE BACK AT HOME THE
CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFERS
GUIDELINES ON HOW TO HAVE A
FRUGAL WEDDING, THERE IS NOW NO
STOPPING THE CHILDREN OF ITS
BILLIONAIRES FROM LIVING OUT
THE WESTERN FAIRY TALE DREAM.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RAY HAS
BOOKED SELBY ABBEY FOR AN
ALREADY MARRIED COUPLE, MENINA
AND ROBIN, WHO ARE PREPARING
FOR THEIR WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT
AT NEARBY HAZELWOOD CASTLE.
Robin and his friends jump to pose for a picture in a lush garden.
The Female Interviewer says WHAT TIME ARE YOU
In his mid-twenties, Robin says UH, SIX MONTHS AGO.
The Narrator says LIKE MANY CULTURES, IT'S
CUSTOMARY IN CHINA FOR THE
GROOM TO PLAY SILLY PRANKS WITH
Now, Robin and his friends drink beer in a room.
The Narrator says BUT THE DRINK HAS NO ALCOHOL.
The song "Here comes the bride" plays.
Menina walks down the aisle. The wedding ceremony begins.
A Male Minister says GOOD AFTERNOON, A
WARM WELCOME HERE TO SELBY
The Narrator says MENINA AND ROBIN RECREATE A
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH WEDDING IN
ALL ITS GLORY, BUT WITHOUT THE
The Male Minister reads TO HAVE AND TO HOLD.
Robin says TO HAVE AND HOLD.
The Male Minister reads FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.
Robin says FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.
The Male Minister reads AMEN.
Menina says AMEN.
The Male Minister says WELL, A BIG ROUND OF
APPLAUSE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOW
SAID THEIR VOWS.
The Narrator says IT LOOKS LIKE THE CEREMONY IS
OVER, BUT RAY HAS ONE MORE
Roy says SORRY, CAN I KNOW...
'CAUSE THE LAST TIME WE CAME,
RIGHT, WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THE
CHANCE OF DOING THE SECOND RUN?
The Minister says IF REQUIRED, I'M HAPPY WITH
Roy says YEAH, IF IT'S POSSIBLE?
The Minister says YEAH, IT'S POSSIBLE, OKAY.
Roy says THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
The Minister says WOULD YOU ALL PLEASE STAND?
The Narrator says GETTING THE VIDEO JUST RIGHT
IS KEY, SO THE BRIDE AND GROOM
WALK DOWN THE AISLE FOR A
A group of people pull the church bells.
The Narrator says THE PHOTOSHOOT HAS BEEN A
SUCCESS, AND WITH THE CHINESE
BRINGING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF POUNDS INTO THE SELBY
ECONOMY, THE TOWN IS LOOKING
FORWARD TO MORE COUPLES COMING
OVER FOR THAT UNIQUE BRITISH
Three bridesmaids take a selfie next to the Minister.
The Narrator says CHINESE JEWELLER SHAWN HAS HAD
SOME GOOD NEWS.
On the phone, Shawn says HELLO, IS THAT MR. TEO?
Mr Teo says HI, SHAWN, HOW ARE
Shawn says I'M GOOD, I'M GOOD.
The Narrator says POTENTIAL CLIENT,
BILLIONAIRE MR. TEO, IS
IMPRESSED WITH SHAWN'S CHOICE
OF HOTEL FOR HIS TRIP TO
LONDON, AND HAS HIRED HIM AS
Shawn says WELCOME TO THE MAYFAIR CHAN
CLUB, UM, I WILL BOOK YOUR HOTEL
FOR THE UPCOMING TRIP.
Mr. Teo says PERFECT, SHAWN.
Shawn says WONDERFUL.
Mr. Teo says THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Shawn says THANK YOU.
Mr. Teo says THANK YOU AGAIN FOR
THE WONDERFUL SERVICE.
Shawn chuckles and says MY PLEASURE.
IT IS QUITE A BIG DEAL FOR ME.
YES, I'M REALLY PLEASED.
The Narrator says WITH MORE AND MORE
SUPER RICH CHINESE USING THE
UK AS A BILLIONAIRE'S
PLAYGROUND, SERVICES LIKE
SHAWN'S WILL BE IN GREATER
Shawn says BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN THE
TRAFFIC, AND TRAIN, ABOUT TOP
CLIENT FROM CHINA COME TO THE
UK, SO FOR ME, I STRONGLY
BELIEVE, IN 2016, MAYFAIR CHAN
IS GOING TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS.
The Narrator says IT'S BEEN TWO MONTHS SINCE
SALES MANAGER ANTHONY
DOWNLOADED HIS WECHAT APP IN AN
ATTEMPT TO ACCESS MORE CHINESE
At the store, the male interviewer says HAVE YOU HAD ANY CHINESE
Anthony says UM, NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF.
NOT IN THE LAST MONTH OR SO.
The Narrator says ANTHONY IS ENJOYING A NEW
FUNCTION IN THE APP THAT
CONNECTS HIM TO POTENTIAL
CUSTOMERS IF HE SHAKES HIS
(rattling sound effect)
Anthony shakes his phone and says IT MAKES A NOISE AS WELL.
AH, WELL, SOMEONE HAS...
SHAKEN THEIR PHONE, BUT THEY
UNFORTUNATELY HAPPEN TO ABOUT
5,389 KILOMETRES AWAY.
UH, WHICH IS NOT QUITE AS CLOSE
AS I WAS HOPING FOR.
The Narrator says THE ALL IMPORTANT CHINESE
CLIENTS ARE PROVING ELUSIVE.
BUT THINGS HAVE ALWAYS MOVED
STEADILY AT HENRY POOLE.
Anthony says WE'VE BEEN AROUND 200 PLUS
YEARS, AND OBVIOUSLY WE'VE TAKEN
THE TIME TO GET THIS FAR.
WE'RE IN NO IMMEDIATE RUSH.
The Narrator says BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR WENDY YU
HAS YET TO PROVE TO HER FATHER
SHE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO
SUCCEED IN BUSINESS, EVEN
THOUGH SHE'S BEEN BUSY
INVESTING IN VARIOUS ONLINE
In a car, Wendy says I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING
DIFFERENT BETWEEN CHINESE
PARENTS AND MAYBE ENGLISH
PARENTS, THOSE MAYBE-- THEY ARE
REALLY PROUD OF YOU AT THEIR
HEART, BUT THEY WOULDN'T REALLY
THEY WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO
ACHIEVE MORE AND TO DO MORE,
RATHER THAN SAY YOU ARE GREAT.
The Narrator says HER BUSINESS ACUMEN HAS BEEN
RECOGNIZED IN OTHER QUARTERS,
THOUGH, AND SHE'S BEEN
NOMINATED FOR THE YOUNG
ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR BY A
CHINESE BUSINESS FOUNDATION.
A wall reads "Honouring the Achievements of Chinese Women. Welcome to Mulan Awards Dinner 2015."
A Male Host says AND SO FOR OUR FIRST AWARD,
IT'S FOR THE YOUNG ACHIEVER OF
AND I WOULD NOW LIKE TO INVITE
WENDY TO JOIN US HERE ON THE
Wendy walks onto the stage and stands behind a lectern.
She says THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE
MULAN AWARDS COMMITTEE FOR
HONOURING ME THE YOUNG ACHIEVER
OF 2015, AND I HOPE TO MAKE
POSITIVE DIFFERENCES AND
CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOTH BRITISH
AND CHINESE SOCIETIES.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
A Female Host says THANK YOU SO
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
The Narrator says WENDY TELLS HER FATHER SHE'S
THE YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR,
BUT HIS RESPONSE IS TYPICAL.
Smiling, Wendy says MY DAD SAID TO ME "IT'S JUST
A VERY SMALL THING IN YOUR LIFE
LONG JOURNEY, IT'S-- YOU SHOULD
BE MORE FOCUSED ON WHAT YOU ARE
GOING TO ACHIEVE."
"IT'S JUST A VERY SMALL THING IN
The Narrator says IT LOOKS LIKE WENDY MAY NEVER
GET THE PRAISE SHE CRAVES FROM
HER FATHER, BUT PERHAPS THIS IS
THE CHINESE WAY, TO KEEP
STRIVING FOR MORE.
Wendy gets into a car and says OKAY... OOPS, SORRY,
YOU HAVE STUFF ON HERE.
The Narrator says THEIR WEALTHY MAY BE EXTREME,
BUT THE NEW CHINESE SUPER RICH
HAVE CERTAINLY NOT ADOPTED THE
BRITISH SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT.
FOR SOME, THIS RELENTLESS QUEST
TO SUCCEED HAS LIFTED CHINA OUT
OF EXTREME POVERTY, TO MAKE IT
AN ECONOMIC SUPERPOWER.
NOW MORE AND MORE CHINESE ARE
HEADING TO BRITAIN, NOT JUST TO
ENJOY THE SOCIAL FREEDOM THE
WEST OFFERS, BUT LIKE MANY
BEFORE THEM, THEY ARE
DETERMINED TO MAKE AND SPEND
THEIR FORTUNES ON FOREIGN
The end credits roll.
Narrated by Dominic Frisby.
Producer and Director, Naomi Zola.
Executive Producers, Guy Gilbert and Emyr Afan.
Copyright 2016, Avanti.