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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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Peter Wang
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... 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
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nanhai, W&S See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Paul Fang: All Chinese parents are racist.
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Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

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watch for the historical view of BeiJing in 1986 and cultural notes
16 July 2006 | by layman-2See all my reviews

The movie is a good concept with amateur / poor execution. But the scenes -- on the street, in the hotongs, courtyards, and streets of Beijing are just amazing. Beijing today is an amazing metropolis, and in this movie, in 1986, it has more the feeling of an overgrown village. you get somewhat unintentional glimpses of poverty and poorly maintained infrastructure -- Beijing in 2006 is far more cosmopolitan in places, with both much greater energy and wealth than you will see here and also more filth and poverty. The cultural notes are mostly still relevant, though the rampant capitalism, scheming and vitality of today's BJ make for a very different city. the Beijing of this movie is as lost as the "LA" of Chinatown (the movie) circa 1930's.....

so as history and culture lesson the movie is a 10. 'the world of Susie Wong' works as both history and movie; this one is just good history!


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