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The Dream Factory (1997)

Jia fang yi fang (original title)
Four friends come up with an unusual idea to make some money and have fun doing it. For a small fee, they will impersonate and act out any character role for their customers. In the course ... See full summary »

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Xiaogang Feng
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Credited cast:
You Ge ... Yao Yuan
Xiaogang Feng ... Qian Kang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wei Chen Wei Chen ... Bodyguard A
Biao Fu ... Zhang Fugui
Bing He Bing He ... Liang Ze
Bin Li Bin Li ... Qi Dama
Qi Li ... Fat Cook
Weijian Li Weijian Li ... Male student
Pei Liu ... Zhou Beiyan
Zhenyun Liu Zhenyun Liu
Guitian Sun Guitian Sun ... Er Jiu Ma
Fan Xu ... Tang Lijun
Da Ying Da Ying ... Badun
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Four friends come up with an unusual idea to make some money and have fun doing it. For a small fee, they will impersonate and act out any character role for their customers. In the course of executing this novel service, they encounter a whole spectrum of people in society, finding ways to genuinely help them boost their morale and overcome their fears, while gaining unusual and new insights into the human condition. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy

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Pioneer 'holiday film'; wry contemporary comedy.
10 February 2002 | by kklinkneSee all my reviews

Jiafangyifang (English titles: Dream Factory; Party A, Party B) launched the 'holiday film' (heshuipian) genre in China over the New Year's period--12/97-2/98. New Year's is the time in China when friends and family reunite. It is also a time when folks go out looking for light entertainment and warm feelings, but these type of vibes were not easy to find in the film houses in China. Feng Xiaogang's Jiafangyifang changed that.

The storyline features a film troup of four (Party B) who create their clients' (Party A) dream for a day. Their first customer is a big, inflated bookstore owner who wants to be Patton. He is given pearl handle pistols, a pool cue, four stars (one better than Patton), driven around in a jeep and given the city of Nanjing to attack. Other dreamers include a cook who can't keep secrets, a husband who wants to do menial work (like his wife), a rich guy who wants to experience poverty, and so on. As time goes on, the group tries to brighten other people's lives, even those who can't pay for their services and it is here that the warmth and heart of the film comes out.

The winks and laughs are there throughout, but they are the products of wit, situation and dialogue rather than pratfalls and double entendres. Overarching the above series of 'dream sequences' is the tentative romancing that goes on between two of the film troopers. The guy suggests marriage lest his father give the house to his sister-- not the most romantic way to pledge one's troth.

Jiafangyifang set box office records for domestic films in 1998 taking in more than 20m yuan. Feng Xiaogang followed up this with three more holiday box office hit comedies: Bujianbusasn (Be There, Be Square) 1999, Meiwanmeili (Sorry Baby) 2000 and Dawan (Big Shot's Funeral) 2002.


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China

Language:

Mandarin

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1 February 1997 (China) See more »

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