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Zhong Guo he huo ren (2013)

The story of three friends who build a successful English language school in China called "New Dream". This school helps the dreams of Chinese teenagers come true. Before they stood proudly... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Cheng Dongqing
Wang Yang
Meng Xiaojun
Juan Du ...
Su Mei
Daniel Martin Berkey ...
Board Executive
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
U.S. Consular Officer
Girlfriend (voice)
Dream Lawyer
Haowen Lei ...
Meng Xiaojun, aged 6
Lei Tong ...
Xu Wen
William Yuekun Wu ...
Zhang Xi
Zimu Zhang ...
Liang Qin, aged 6


The story of three friends who build a successful English language school in China called "New Dream". This school helps the dreams of Chinese teenagers come true. Before they stood proudly in the American stock market, many stories happened with them. Written by Ake

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American Dreams in China  »

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American dreams in China
21 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Film review Film title: American dreams in China (zhong guo he huo ren) Director: peter Chan(陈可辛) Year of release: 2013

This film is about a story about the road of 3 young man build their company and achieve success and their dreams. 'What is dream? Dream is what make you insist and let you feel happiness.' This is a famous sentence of Cheng. The film uses Chinese 'American dreams' as a background, tell us a story from the reform and opening-up the 3 young man build the education group and change their life via hard work. The entire film is nostalgic, it have a perfect details of old time: the old film in cinema and television, a lot of old song. At the beginning of the reform and opening-up, many people go overseas via various way. This is a society which full of opportunity. Three characters based on this background, he relationship between them helps to describe characters in the film. Meanwhile, the film uses a flashback narrative approach, it begins from their meeting in U.S., and then back to the beginning of their story.

Those 3 characters are different and have their own dreams. From the dressing we could know their have different background and character. Meng is aggressive and always seek for change. He is the only one got American visa and went to U.S. He is a smart men, he knows what is time's requirement, he knows how to maintain his profit and he knows what he want clearly. Meng is a men with full of ambition, he believe he could change the world. However once he arrive U.S., he notice that everything is far away from his imagination. He born in a rich family but in U.S. he experience the hard and tough of life. What he want is not wealth or property. He hope U.S. to understand that Chinese students are excellent and dignified. He hope U.S. to see the raise of China. When he saw the donate name at the lab which he used to work, he cried. This is what he required for. Cheng is from Chinese country who was failed twice in college entrance examination. He know that if he failed, he will stay in the country for life. From a loser of exam to the leader of education, his responsibility play an important role. When people attack his school, he is the only one dear to stand out just like in the university he stand out to stop people chasing Meng and Wang. Cheng is a representative of many successful people from country. Because of his hard work and his insistent, their education group shall success. Wang is a rebellious man with long hair. He always by Cheng's side and back him up. He is important for their relationship, he visited Cheng along when Cheng was in hospital. He always play peacemaker between Cheng and Meng. He trade the friendship is the number one. Meanwhile, he sacrificed many for the education company but do not have any complain. When facing American, Wang performs peacefully just like he knows the victory is theirs. When Cheng has been fired by university, he encourage Cheng cheer up and start his own company. The education company could not success with Wang. There is one scene impressive me, when Cheng and Meng have different opinions with the company's share, the director arrange a table tennis game to describe. Wang is on the right side of the table, Cheng and Meng play table tennis with him respectively and chat with Wang. Cheng and Meng both play with Wang but they do not play with each other actually. Wang is the messenger between Cheng and Meng. At last Wang lied to them because he does not wish squabble and try to maintain their friendship. This scene implicate that Cheng and Meng could not reach an agreement right now. Wang is the important person of the friendship among them. In conclusion, this film is a good product. It helps many middle age Chinese remember their youth. Everyone have a definition of success. This film also remind us do not forget our dreams once we have.

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