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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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Peter Ho-Sun Chan (as Peter Chan)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Xiaoming Huang ... Cheng Dongqing
Dawei Tong ... Wang Yang
Chao Deng ... Meng Xiaojun
Juan Du Juan Du ... Su Mei
Daniel Martin Berkey ... Board Executive
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georg Anton ... U.S. Consular Officer
Tina Collins ... Girlfriend (voice)
Allen Enlow ... Dream Lawyer
Jin Jin ... Yenching University student
Haowen Lei Haowen Lei ... Meng Xiaojun, aged 6
Bettina Skye ... Waitress
Meme Tian
Lei Tong Lei Tong ... Xu Wen
William Yuekun Wu William Yuekun Wu ... Zhang Xi
Zimu Zhang ... Liang Qin, aged 6
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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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Drama

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

17 May 2013 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

American Dreams in China See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Benpao ba xiongdi: Mi mi he huo ren (2015) See more »

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Technically good, well-written but very nationalistic.
11 June 2013 | by boku-2See all my reviews

Technically I think this movie's made very well, but its message is very nationalistic and panders to the Chinese Communist Party and the masses (which is fair enough I suppose for a commercial film).

Especially the film's latter half focuses on the rise of China, and there is a clear message that Chinese people are inherently cleverer, more moral and generally better than stupid Americans who are only economically at the top due to their aggressiveness and luck. There's also a very odd message in the film about racism in the USA, which seems quite irrelevant to the plot of the film and just another way for the film to push home the message that Chinese people are a better people than Americans.

If you don't read into the message too much (which is hard considering how hard it's pushed home), it's quite an enjoyable film of three young men's struggle and rise to the top.


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