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Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Du Juan (Actor)
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In the 1980s, China was undergoing rapid economic reform. This meant that many young Chinese had the opportunity to look for a better life through higher education, both at home and abroad. Many of those hardworking students are now some of China's most successful entrepreneurs. Hong Kong director Peter Chan now pays tribute to those dreamers with American Dreams in China. The hit comedy–drama traces the two-decade journey of three friends, from their humble university days to becoming the co-founders of an amazingly successful English school. While the story is based on a real English education institute in China, Chan also integrates some of his own experiences as a foreign student in the United States into the film.

Chan's first character drama since his award-winning classic Comrades, Almost a Love Story, Dreams may lack the spectacle of Warlords or the visceral action of Wu Xia. However, it compensates for that with a strong cast, comprised of Huang Xiaoming (The Last Tycoon), Tong Dawei (The Flowers of War) and Deng Chao (The Four), as well as the acting debut of supermodel Du Juan. The legendary Christopher Doyle (Chungking Express, Happy Together) also brings his eye for exquisite visuals as the cinematographer of this humorous drama about friendship, ambition and English–language education.

Cheng Dongxing (Huang Xiaoming), Meng Xiaojun (Deng Chao) and Wang Yang (Tong Dawei) are three university friends who, like many other young people in 1980's China, dream of going to the United States. However, only Xiaojun is able to get a visa to the United States, leaving his two friends behind. After getting fired from his dead-end English teaching job in the university and a failed relationship with the beautiful Su Mei (Du Juan), Dongxing learns to turn his life's failures into lesson material. With Wang Yang's help, Dongxing's small private English teaching lessons eventually become a small English school in a run-down countryside factory. When Xiaojun returns to China, disillusioned about the so-called "American Dream," he decides to join Dongxing and Yang's school. Within just a few years, their school grows into an education empire.

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Product Title: American Dreams in China (2013) (DVD-9) (China Version) 中國合伙人 (2013) (DVD-9) (中國版) 中国合伙人 (2013) (DVD-9) (中国版) 中國合伙人 (2013) (DVD-9) (中國版) American Dreams in China (2013) (DVD-9) (China Version)
Also known as: 海闊天空 海阔天空
Artist Name(s): Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Du Juan (Actor) 黃曉明 (Actor) | 鄧超 (Actor) | 佟 大為 (Actor) | 杜鵑 (Actor) 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 邓超 (Actor) | 佟 大为 (Actor) | 杜鹃 (Actor) 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 鄧超 (タン・チャオ)   (Actor) | 佟大為 (トン・ダーウェイ) (Actor) | 杜鵑 (ドゥ・ジュアン) (Actor) Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Du Juan (Actor)
Director: Peter Chan 陳可辛 陈可辛 陳可辛 (ピーター・チャン) Peter Chan
Producer: Peter Chan 陳可辛 陈可辛 陳可辛 (ピーター・チャン) Peter Chan
Release Date: 2013-07-05
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Zhong Ying Yin Xiang Chu Ban She
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033689833

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  20世紀80年代,三個懷有熱情和夢想的年輕人在高等學府燕京大學的校園內相遇,從此展開了他們長達三十年的友誼和夢想征途。出生於留學世家的孟曉駿(鄧超 飾)渴望站在美國的土地上改變世界,浪漫自由的王陽(佟大為 飾)盡情享受改革開放初期那蓬勃激昂的青春氣息,曾兩次高考落榜的農村青年成東青(黃曉明 飾)以孟曉駿為目標努力求學,并收獲了美好的愛情。然而三個好友最終只有曉駿獲得美國簽証,現實和夢想的巨大差距讓東青和王陽倍受打擊。偶然機緣,被開除公職的東青在王陽的幫助下辦起了英語培訓學校,開始品嘗到成功的喜悅。在美國發展不順的曉駿回國,並加入學校,無疑推動三個好友朝著夢想邁進了一大步。新夢想再擴規模,成東青被媒體和青年塑造成為留學教父,不由自控的散發著一股從土鱉蛻變成領導者的光芒,讓孟曉駿看不過去,二人漸貌合神離,王陽左右做人難。

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Professional Review of "American Dreams in China (2013) (DVD-9) (China Version)"

December 30, 2013

This professional review refers to American Dreams in China (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Peter Chan has always been one of the more interesting and accomplished new wave Hong Kong directors, and one who has adapted well to working with the Mainland market, whether turning out character dramas such as his acclaimed Comrades, Almost a Love Story historical epics like Warlord or the martial arts of Wu Xia For his latest film, American Dreams in China, he heads back to the 1980s to chart the rise of three young entrepreneurs, who as the title suggests yearn to head to the US to seek fortune and opportunity. Taking the lead roles are a trio of top Chinese talent, actors Huang Xiaoming (The Last Tycoon), Tong Dawei (The Flowers of War) and Deng Chao (The Four), backed by a supporting cast that includes supermodel Du Juan.

The film begins with three university friends, Cheng Dongxing (Huang Xiaoming), Meng Xiaojun (Deng Chao) and Wang Yang (Tong Dawei), all trying to get visas to live and work in the US. Though only Xiaojun succeeds, the other two start up a small business teaching English to students, using their own experiences in life and love to get their educational messages across, in particular Dongxing's relationship with the gorgeous Su Mei (Du Juan). The enterprise takes off in a big way, and when Xiaojun returns to China he joins them, adding his ambition and financial acumen to their dreams. Through hard work, sweat and sacrifice the three friends grow the business into an education empire, though with their success comes new challenges and problems.

Based on the true story of a real life Chinese language school, American Dreams in China certainly covers some interesting material, and Peter Chan does a good job of balancing a character drama about ambition and friendship with an exploration of Chinese economic and education reform over the last few decades. The film charts a period of fascinating change, and though it never gets too deep, there's a fair amount of substance here, as well as nostalgia for Chinese viewers and a glimpse of a very different educational culture and system for Western viewers. Culture clashes rear their heads during the later stages of the film, and though this isn't handled quite so well, coming across as a bit simplistic and patronising (not least due to some pretty bad non-acting from the supporting western cast), it's easy enough to see what Chan was aiming for.

The film also works well on a more basic level in following the three friends, with some nice anecdotal details making the narrative involving and believable - as well as the real life company's story, the script apparently drew upon some of Chan's own experiences in the US as an exchange student. The three main characters are all reasonably well written and likeable, and the ways in which their relationships develop and their fortunes change is entertaining and very watchable. Huang Xiaoming, Deng Chao and Wang Yang all turn in decent performances, and while there aren't too many surprises in the way that things turn out the film does hold the interest. Chan's direction is solid, with a well-judged pace and a good mix of laughs and drama, and the film benefits from a scattering of light hearted moments and a general lack of the kind of manipulative melodrama that might have been expected. Some attractive visuals from veteran cinematographer also help, going some way to provide a convincing and colourful period setting, the film looking good throughout without ever feeling too glossy.

While ultimately American Dreams in China is a pretty straightforward offering, and Chan might have showed a little more ambition in digging beneath the surface, there's enough here to make it worth watching. Enjoyable both as a bit of modern history and as a film about friendship, Chan again displays a great grasp of character, and most viewers with an interest in the subject matter or the cast should come away satisfied.

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