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Dream Empire (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 March 2017 (USA)
Yana's company uses actors to turn remote Chinese ghost towns into temporary "international booming cities," tricking visitors into buying overpriced property. But when the real estate ... See full summary »

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David Borenstein
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Yana Yang Yana Yang ... Herself (as Yana)
Jimmy Jimmy ... Himself, Yana's co-worker
David Borenstein David Borenstein ... Himself, also narrator
Derk Derk ... Himself, Dutch keyboard player
Li Li ... Himself, chief editor of a Chinese economic newspaper (voice)
Prince Prince ... Himself, Congonese musician
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Yana's company uses actors to turn remote Chinese ghost towns into temporary "international booming cities," tricking visitors into buying overpriced property. But when the real estate market starts to collapse, she faces financial ruin. A boom to bust tale set in China's building boom.

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Denmark

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English | Chinese

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7 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drömriket See more »

Filming Locations:

Chongqing, China

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$600,000 (estimated)
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House of Real See more »
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Behind the curtains of the gigantic Chinese building boom
2 July 2017 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Dave Blorensteins's documentary Dream Empire is a well made behind-the- scenes documentary about the Chinese building boom, making enormous ghost cities.

The film maker himself has documented how he as a "white monkey" foreigner was very useful as a "musician" and "actor" for a small company renting him in to establish shows for getting people to buy some of the properties in newly built ghost cities.

The fact of privately built Chinese ghost cities are well documented, though Chinese authorities denies the fact. Actual built cities with buildings for millions of inhabitants built on farming land, where poor peasants are forced to move to give room for cities built without any economic foundations. Some of these cities are occupied by only 1/7th or 1/50th of the intended population.

The documentary reveals some of the human stories behind this boom which leaves a lot of dreams and dreams disillusioned.


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