American Dreams in China – a rags-to-riches nostalgia story
Three things I love already:
1) Deng Chao, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei in one movie.
2) The setting is the turn of the 1980s, so it plays upon nostalgia like movies You’re The Apple of My Eye and Zhao Wei’s debut film So Young. We get to see Dawei walk around campus in hippie hair and everyone riding bicycles.
3) All things entrepreneurship. How people can made a huge difference. I’ve always had lot of respect and fascination for the entrepreneurs.
Teaser and more pictures below
The story follows three friends who eventually build a billion dollar corporate empire by tutoring Chinese students English. Apparently this is a true story based on New Oriental‘s success. Huang Xiao Ming and his co-stars went on an interview show where they reminiscence their college days and childhoods. Deng Chao: “At [my acting school], we would know which guy was going to meet a girl at so-and-so’s time at the parking lot and all the boys would bring their flashlights and run to the location and shine a light at the couple whilst they were sharing a passionate kiss. Good old days.”
The film was released on May 18th 2013. ‘American Dreams’ hit its 100 million RMB in China’s box office and topped USA’s Iron Man 3 in the domestic market.