Real-life familial and business turbulence is engrossingly charted in “Family Inc.,” which finds Helen Jen’s co-helmer Emily Ting documenting her stormy apprenticeship in her own father’s Hong Kong toy company. Engaging pic is perfect pubcast fare, with its mix of reality drama, conflicting East/West values and consumerist pop-culture motifs.
Charles Ting is the tycoon behind TL Toys, which manufactures imaginative animated plush toys for major global buyers. He’s also a short-tempered, thrice-married workaholic who’s already alienated his son David, driven his first wife to Buddhist nunhood and been financially reamed by a second wife’s divorce settlement. Called to join and potentially inherit TLT, budding New York filmmaker Emily Ting is hesitant but feels loyalty-bound. She isn’t prepared for dad’s irrational tantrums — or the huge obstacles brought by fiscal crisesthat threaten to bankrupt the hitherto profitable TL Toys. Pic ends on a note that resolves nothing (which editorial update might cure). But it still absorbs, with major assist from Michael Paul’s impish musical score.