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Iron & Silk (1990)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 August 1991 (France)
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Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hangcheng Dong ...
Teacher Cai
Xihong Jiang ...
Teacher Zhang
Jeanette Tsui Lin ...
Teacher Hei
Qingfu Pan ...
Himself
Mark Salzman ...
Teacher Mark
Xudong Sun ...
Sinbad
Funglin To ...
Old Sheep
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Ming
Yang Xiru ...
Dr. Wang
Xiao Ying ...
April
Hu Yun ...
Fatty Du
Lu Zhiquan ...
Teacher Li
Genyuan Zhuang ...
Teacher Xu
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Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in China for two years to teach Chinese teachers the English language. He learns the refinements of correct behavior among Chinese people, makes friends with his pupils, falls in love with the young doctor Ming, learns Uschu (similar Kung-Fu) from the famous teacher Pan... but also learns about political repression, especially when he's forbidden contact with some of his friends. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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As a student in America, he searched for ancient wisdom. As a teacher in China, he learned to find it within himself.

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14 August 1991 (France)  »

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[first lines]
Mark: [voiceover] I hate to admit it, but when I graduated from college, I thought I was ready for anything. That is, until I stepped off the train in Hangzhou. Here I was in a country of a billion people, and I didn't know a single one. This place was different than what I'd expected. It wasn't at all like what I'd seen in the Kung Fu movies. No one else I knew stayed up all night to watch that stuff, but I was hooked.
[screaming, Kung Fu movie clips with English subtitles]
Mark: The hero was ...
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Unique and fascinating biography
6 September 2000 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Mark Salzman stars in the movie adaptation of his autobiographical tale of a young college graduate visiting China for the first time. Although packaged as fiction based on Salzman's true story, the honesty and modesty of the film's style give a documentary-like feel. Salzman's humble charisma prompts one to forgive and perhaps forget the lack of typical Hollywood gloss. The only professionals in major roles are Jeannette Lin Tsui as Teacher Hei, and the beautiful Vivian Wu as love-interest Ming. My sole disappointment with this film was its brevity.

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