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Chinese Dream (2004)

Not Rated | Short, Drama | 2004 (USA)
A dishwasher feels confined in his world and longs for the glamour of New York.



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Cast overview:
Keith Chen ...
Country Boy (as Qix Chen)
Worker #1 (Bing) (as Jimmy Leung)
Worker #2
Patty Ho ...


Indentured in a cramped, crowded, and confined world, Country Boy's life is endless toil. His sweat seeds a dream that his overbearing boss cannot stifle. Country Boy is a young Chinese dishwasher in a sub-terranean kitchen. His daily routine consists of work and sleep, in a room he shares with two other co-workers. One night while watching a travel program on television Country Boy begins to harbor a dream of living in New York City. He asks his Boss for a book on New York in order to quench his interest. The Boss, after much teasing, consents to Country boy's request. After much thought and introspection, including kindly advice from the house nurse and a railing at the hands of his co-workers, Country Boy decides to ask the Boss for permission to go to New York. The Boss responds to Country Boy's request with a violent outburst and sends Country Boy seemingly defeated back to his quarters. But hope still lingers in the one step Country Boy is about to make. Written by Victor Quinaz

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Short | Drama


Not Rated


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$20,000 (estimated)

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(16 mm version)
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O. Henry would have been proud...Stunning...
22 October 2004 | by (Studio City, California) – See all my reviews

This is a phenomenal short film. I saw "Chinese Dream" at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival, about a month after it won the festival in San Francisco. It is visually rich, evocative of Wong Kar Wai's film-making, particularly "In The Mood For Love". The film would have made the short story writer O.Henry very proud...its fable-like quality, and its innocent lessons. And the authenticity maintained throughout was impressive, particularly considering the foreign-ness of the material. Victor Quinaz is a very talented young writer-director, who I had the pleasure of meeting after the screening. Charming, intelligent, passionate. He and his producing team seem to have bottomless energy and big plans. I understand they are working on a feature film, which I look forward to. Keep your eyes open for these guys.

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