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This Is Sanlitun (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 July 2014 (USA)
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Gary is in Beijing to make it big, after failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up English teaching and gets life lessons from Frank, an incompetent mentor. Gary's real ... See full summary »


Róbert I. Douglas


Róbert I. Douglas (screenplay), Carlos Ottery (screenplay) | 2 more credits »





Credited cast:
Carlos Ottery Carlos Ottery ... Gary
Christopher Loton Christopher Loton ... Frank
Ai Wan ... Lin
Cromwell Cheung Cromwell Cheung ... Wang Ke
David Kenneth Vaughan David Kenneth Vaughan ... Jonathan Taylor-Sharpe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugo Catonné Hugo Catonné ... Nico
Daniel Douglas-Li Daniel Douglas-Li ... Johnnie
Hu Gaoxiang Hu Gaoxiang ... Momo
Hui Ting Kang Hui Ting Kang ... Bikini Model
Yi Xin Kuang Yi Xin Kuang ... Co Co
Leonardo Lee Leonardo Lee ... Feng Wei
Greg Lepkoff Greg Lepkoff ... Chuck
Gerry Mattios Gerry Mattios ... Stavros
Anastasia Nobobranova Anastasia Nobobranova ... The Icelandic Wife
Efraim Smits Efraim Smits ... Claude


Gary is in Beijing to make it big, after failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up English teaching and gets life lessons from Frank, an incompetent mentor. Gary's real reasons for staying become apparent when his son and Chinese ex-wife enter. Written by Film Douglas

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beer | beijing china | bromance | See All (3) »




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The film was shot during a Beijing government 100 day foreigners crackdown, meant to stop foreigners behaving badly or breaking rules. The film did not have any shooting permits and the crew was to a large extent foreign. See more »


In Mainland China contracts are generally difficult to enforce and a business contract between two foreigners is worthless. See more »

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Missed Opportunity
14 July 2014 | by JMFordSee all my reviews

I lived in Sanlitun for two years and so I was intrigued by this movie from the first moment I heard about it. I was just now finally able to locate a copy on a Chinese web site and I eagerly anticipated clicking play, if only to count the places I recognized.

And the disappointment began almost immediately.

Life in Beijing for an expat is an amazing journey that is almost impossible to convey to anyone who hasn't experienced it. I hoped that this movie would help me explain some of the strange realities of everyday life. The opportunity to create a story that is really interesting and real is so rich and fertile.

But the producers of this movie did not take that route. In quick succession we are introduced to a series unsympathetic characters. Actually, this story does not have characters, only caricatures. The protagonist, Gary, is a sad sack of epic proportions. I have met some assholes like Frank, but none so obvious. Still together these two provide the expat version of Dumb and Dumber.

The sequence with the school and the restaurant are more interesting, but while the principal is the best drawn of the stereotypes she is still not realistic enough and the fawning Momo is over the top.

While the basic situations are all too common in China, the reality of how they play out is never so simple.

While I can recommend this movie to other foreigners who have lived in China, it runs more like an inside joke that would not be near as interesting to general audiences.

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