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17 May 2013 (China) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Xiaoming Huang ... Cheng Dongqing

Dawei Tong ... Wang Yang

Chao Deng ... Meng Xiaojun
Juan Du ... Su Mei
Daniel Martin Berkey ... Board Executive
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Georg Anton ... U.S. Consular Officer

Allen Enlow ... Dream Lawyer
Haowen Lei ... Meng Xiaojun, aged 6

Bettina Skye ... Waitress

Meme Tian
Lei Tong ... Xu Wen
William Yuekun Wu ... Zhang Xi
Zimu Zhang ... Liang Qin, aged 6
Roy Pollack ... Casual Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Ho-Sun Chan  (as Peter Chan)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oi Wah Lam 
Ji Zhang 
Zhiyong Zhou 

Produced by
Peter Ho-Sun Chan .... producer (as Peter Chan)
Yuet-Jan Hui .... producer
Julie Majeski .... producer
Teddy Yoon .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Kam 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle (director of photography)
Production Design by
Li Sun 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
Production Management
Tze Hung Lam .... production manager
E.W.Y. Tang .... post-production supervisor (as Wan Yin Tang)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Felicia Tang .... first assistant director
Patricia Yi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yading Li .... assistant production designer
Lili Zhang .... assistant production designer
Visual Effects by
Tik-Hoi Chan Water .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Carey .... electrician
Radium Cheung .... camera operator: New York Unit
Blaine Chou .... grip
Seth Coleman .... electrician
Juan Crouch .... key grip
R. Masseo Davis .... best boy grip
Kieran John Delaney .... digital imaging technician
Eric Fahy .... grip
Daniel Fiorito .... assistant camera
Grace Guo .... digital image technician: part one
Jimi Jones .... gaffer
Jason Kwan .... camera operator: New York unit
Charlie Lam .... camera operator: second unit
Justin Lee .... electrian
Ning Li .... assistant camera
Erik Rooney .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Wayne Chang .... us casting
Caroline Sinclair .... us casting
Location Management
Edward A. Sherman IV .... assistant location coordinator
Other crew
Ashley A. Chris .... production coordinator
Ashley A. Chris .... production coordinator: American Crew
Kyle B. Cunningham .... talent coordinator
Juan Diaz de Lindo .... production assistant
Yi-Feng Li .... production assistant (as Yi-Feng LI)
Nick Stergiopoulos .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Zhong Guo he huo ren" - China (original title)
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112 min | Taiwan:100 min (Taipei Film Festival)
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
the film was never about business after all, 7 February 2014
Author: zheq liu from China

I thought Chan Ho-sun's latest movie, American Dreams in China, would be a more masculine version of Zhao Wei's So Young. But not quite, as it turns out.

Although the film depicts a nostalgic campus life full of idealism for the future and the impulses of love, the story is more about starting out after innocent youth has faded.

Through the intertwined destinies of the movie's protagonists, the audience witnesses a triangle of friendship, career ambitions and personal dreams seemingly collapse as three best friends desperately try to tie and twist these elements together.

That's why Wang Yang (Tong Dawei), one of the three best friends, who start a business together, shares this lesson of life: "Never start a business with your best friends."

He may be right. After all, no matter how close they are, differences in their professional and personal aspirations can drive friends apart. Every individual has a distinct outlook on the world and their future, which determines the trajectory of their career and life.

Without knowing of Meng Xiaojun's (Deng Chao) struggles in the US and his disillusion toward the country, there's no way Cheng Dongqing (Huang Xiaoming) can understand why Meng is pushing all the agendas so hard. The parting of the invincible trio, to some extent, is predestined.

Even so, despite these differences, friendship always prevails. Cheng's difficulties become a podium on which the three friends stand together. It's through the emotional connection they developed over many years that they finally overcome their differences and reform the alliance.

What the film tries to convey is the triumph of brotherhood, which dates back to our naive, passionate youth when unconditional bonds of emotion are shaped.

So the film was never about business after all.

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