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The Great Wall Is a Great Wall (1986)

A Great Wall (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 30 May 1986 (USA)
When computer programmer, Leo Fang, is passed up for promotion, he feels it is because he is Chinese, and quits. He takes his Chinese-American family to Mainland China to visit his ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Peter Wang Peter Wang ... Leo Fang
Sharon Iwai ... Grace Fang
Kelvin Han Yee ... Paul Fang
Qinqin Li ... Lili Chao
Xiaoguang Hu Xiaoguang Hu ... Mr. Chao
Guanglan Shen Guanglan Shen ... Mrs. Chao
Kelvin Wong Kelvin Wong ... Liu Yida (as Wang Xiao)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Haley ... Secretary
Jeanette Pavini ... Linda
Han Tan Han Tan ... Old Liu
Jian Xiu Jian Xiu ... Yu
Ran Zhijuan Ran Zhijuan ... Jan


When computer programmer, Leo Fang, is passed up for promotion, he feels it is because he is Chinese, and quits. He takes his Chinese-American family to Mainland China to visit his relatives, the Chao's for a vacation. The clash of cultures, between the men, wives, and teenagers, leads to some confusion, and misunderstanding. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Comedy | Drama





USA | China


English | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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The Great Wall Is a Great Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Nanhai,W&S See more »
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1.85 : 1
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never the twain shall meet
24 November 2010 | by Michael NeumannSee all my reviews

The first American movie filmed in Mainland China presents a mild but occasionally diverting clash of cultures following the reunion in Peking of a thoroughly westernized Chinese-American family from San Francisco with their Old World relatives. The comedy catalogues the bewilderment of host and guest alike when confronted by peculiar foreign customs, with the best laughs coming from the People's republic point of view: students singing 'Papa Rawdi' (Pavarotti) and reciting, in unique pidgin, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; an old man coping with the electric blanket presented as a gift by his American brother-in-law; the question of whether or not everyone in the United States has VD. The Western perspective is less interesting only because it's more familiar (football, rock 'n' roll, and so forth) but everyone benefits from the mutual exposure, including the audience.

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