Maiden Asian tour of Jin (aka Jin Au-Yeung), the first Asian-American rapper signed to a major label, is chronicled in fly-on-the-wall docu “No Sleep til Shanghai.” Agreeably rough-hewn item captures the excitement, exhaustion and culture shock of 13 days spent encompassing eight cities, five countries and umpteen personal appearances. While primarily of interest to fans of the artist, the pic could expand his appeal via limited broadcast and download sales, plus DVD release.
Miami-raised Chinese-American Jin was discovered when his considerable freestyle (improv) talents won a slew of “battles,” attracting attention of the Ruff Ryders’ management. Moving to New York City, he signed with Virgin, guested on other rap acts’ discs, and has released two well-received solo albums. An ingratiating stage presence (though club performances here aren’t well sound-recorded), offstage he’s refreshingly generous and attitude-free toward autograph-begging fans. He’s gotten a little tired, however, of answering the same old interview questions focusing on his ethnic novelty status in an overwhelmingly African-American genre. Accompanied by a good-humored entourage, his whirlwind tour is captured in breezy, nonslick fashion by helmer Todd Angkasuwan.