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American Dreams in China (中国合伙人) (2013)

  


Based on the real-life story of a mainland Chinese teacher who rose to become one of China’s wealthiest men through his English-language tutorial centers, American Dreams in China, sees a trio of idealistic young men charting China’s social changes from the 1980s to the 21st century, as they first join forces and then fall out over how to realize their ambitions.

The film, produced by Chan and his long-term collaboratorJojo Hui, is handled at the EFM by the director’s own We Distribution. The movie stars Huang Xiaoming (The Guillotines, Last Tycoon), Deng Chao (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) and Tong Dawei (Flowers of War). 

Release Dates:
China: 18th May 2013
Hong Kong: 30th May 2013
Taiwan: 13 July 2013 (Taipei Film Festival)
Taiwan: 2 August 2013  

Story

During the economic reform period of the 80’s, three undergraduates bind together by a common ambition – to live the American dream. They are Cheng Dongqing (Huang Xiaoming), a hillbilly who refuses to accept his destiny of being a farmer; Meng Xiaojun (Deng Chao), a self-confident, cynical intellectual; and Wang Yang (Tong Dawei), an idealistic romantic poet. Xiaojun is the first to obtain an US Visa for studying abroad. Yang follows but decides to remain in China for his beloved. Poor Dongqing is rejected by the US Embassy repeatedly. Baffled, he reluctantly accepts the job as an English instructor in the university but eventually gets fired for teaching tutorial classes in private. Across the Pacific, Xiaojun fails to find a decent job and is driven to work as a busboy in a diner. Dongqing decides to turn his tutorial effort into a fulltime business and summons Yang to help him along. Xiaojun, having returned from America, immediately joins force with his buddies to establish New Vision Institute. With their unique charisma, they turn New Vision into an instant success and create a media sensation overnight. However, the sudden fame and fortune are gradually tearing their friendship apart. The media labels Dongqing the “Godfather of Foreign Study”. Xiaojun is not comfortable with Dongqing taking all the credits for something they’ve created together and Yang suffers between their conflicts. The company is on the brink of collapse, as is their trust to each other. Whether New Vision and the friendship can survive the test of time, we’re about to see.

 


Director: Peter Chan

Cast:
Huang Xiaoming
Deng Chao
Tong Dawei
Jennifer Du
Roy Pollack
George Anton

Also Known As:
Zhong Guo Xiang Sheng

Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Release Date: 18th May 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy


Trailers for "American Dreams in China"

 

 

 
 


Interviews with the cast on the challenge on speaking English

 


MV for "American Dreams in China" inspired by a song that Huang Xiaoming personally likes:




Various News reports with excerpts of the shooting accompanying the movie start in Chinese cinemas May 2013:






 

Following is a playlist with various interview during the promotion of the movie 10-11 May 2013:


On July 26th, 2013 Huang Xiaoming promoted American Dreams in China in Taipei, Taiwan. Here is a video of it:


Follow this link for a complete gallery of images for the Promotion of American Dreams in China May 2013: 

Gallery: Promotion for American Dreams in China May 2013


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Images of the Premiere on 12th May 2013:



Follow this link for a complete gallery of images for the Promotion of American Dreams in China May 2013: 

Gallery: Promotion for American Dreams in China May 2013


总是有人讨论男人应该像哪种动物才更加完美,于是我们为了不负众望,修炼得像马一样可靠、像狗一样忠诚、像猫一样神秘、像猴一样聪明、像大

总是有人讨论男人应该像哪种动物才更加完美,于是我们为了不负众望,修炼得像马一样可靠、像狗一样忠诚、像猫一样神秘、像猴一样聪明、像大

总是有人讨论男人应该像哪种动物才更加完美,于是我们为了不负众望,修炼得像马一样可靠、像狗一样忠诚、像猫一样神秘、像猴一样聪明、像大象一样敦厚……我们就这样成功地把自己修炼成了神经病。。。。#病床上的胡思乱想#
People always discuss which animal men should resemble more in order to be more perfect, and so in order to live up to these expectations, we cultivate ourselves to be as reliable as a horse, as loyal as a dog, as mysterious as a cat, as intelligent as a monkey, as honest as an elephant…… This way, we’ve successfully cultivated ourselves into idiots…. #flights of fancy on the hospital bed#

Source: Huang Xiaoming (via Weibo), F Yeah! Huang Xiaoming

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Huang Xiaoming and Du Juan, who will appear together in the

Huang Xiaoming and Du Juan, who will appear together in the upcoming movie AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA (中国合伙人), star in a surprise parody of the story of Li Lei and Han Meimei.


About "American Dreams in China": 

Based on the real-life story of a mainland Chinese teacher who rose to become one of China’s wealthiest men through his English-language tutorial centers, American Dreams in China, sees a trio of idealistic young men charting China’s social changes from the 1980s to the 21st century, as they first join forces and then fall out over how to realize their ambitions.

The film, produced by Chan and his long-term collaboratorJojo Hui, is handled at the EFM by the director’s own We Distribution. The movie stars Huang Xiaoming (The Guillotines), Deng Chao(Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) and Tong Dawei(Flowers of War). 

The movie release date has been moved from one originally announced as April to May 18th, 2013 to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
 

 

60-part TV Series Patriot Yue Fei to be on TV in July 2013


The new 60-part TV Series The Patriot Yue Fei <精忠岳飛> starring Huang Xiaoming, who is also the producer and investor for th TV Series is scheduled to begin airing on July 4th.

Yue Fei is a a famous Song Dynasty general. It is the first mainland China TV drama to focus on his life experience. The series is produced by Stanley Tong (唐季禮).

Next to Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), Gallen Lo (羅嘉良) and Allen Ting (丁子峻) - both from Hong Kong - and Wu Xiubo (吳秀波) and Shao Bing (邵兵) - both from Mainland China star in the series. Also included are the actresses Ruby Lin (林心如), Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩), Viann Zhang (張馨予), and Cheng Pei Pei (鄭佩佩).


For Huang Xiaoming this TV series is very special to him as - even though he participated in Wuxia TV dramas before, this one is different as “Yue Fei is a hero who really existed in history,” he said. “He’s not like the warriors I portrayed in the past, who all had a legendary quality and were exaggerated and dramatized. The Patriot Yue Fei is a factual biography of a hero, and it conveys Yue Fei’s bravery and skill, as well as his loyalty and dedication to his country. It will give everyone that type of steadfast and unyielding spirit of a hero.”

“The Patriot Yue Fei” Trailer


Sources: QQ.com, Chinadaily.com.cn and JayneStars.com

Related article: The Patriot Yue Fei (2013)

The Patriot Yue Fei 《精忠岳飞》 (2013)

   

 

Watch The Patriot Yue Fei 《精忠岳飞》 online

Watch The Patriot Yue Fei online: the first episodes are now available: http://www.letv.com/ptv/vplay/2044274.html


Large-scale historic warfare HDTV Serial in Ancient Chinese Costume

 

  • Executive Producer: Stanley Tong
  • Director: Guk Gaau Leung (Water Margin 2010)
  • Music Director: Emil Wakin Chau
  • Cast: Huang Xiaoming as Yue Fei, Lin Xinru, Zheng Peipei together with Gallen Lo Ka-leung, Viann Zhang Xinyu, Wu Xiubo, Ringo Yu Rongguang, Cui Lin, Allen Ting.
  • Production year: 2011.
  • on Chinese TV: starting 4th July 2013
  • on Taiwanese TV: starting 25th July 2013

 

Update:
According to Stanley, The Patriot Yue Fei will be later adapted into a movie version, which will be shot in 3D to make the action scenes more stunning. Huang Xiaoming will continue to portray the Song Dynasty general.

“He’s so perfect,” said Stanley. “Why wouldn’t we use him?”

About Patriot Yue Fei (March 24, 1103 – January 27, 1142)

'Yue Fei' is a famous Chinese patriot and military general who is best known for leading the defense of the Southern Song Dynasty against invaders from northern China, the Jurchen armies of the Jin Dynasty. 

Since his death, Yue Fei has been regarded by the whole Chinese as a patriot and national hero and Yue Fei has also evolved into the standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture.
 

精忠岳飞 The Patriot Yue Fei (2013) (China / HBO)


The series depicts the life story of Yue Fei, the famous general of the Song Dynasty, and is set to broadcast in China at the end of this year.  It will also be the first Chinese historical series to air on HBO in the United States.

黃曉明 Huang Xiao Ming plays the title role of Yue Fei.  Other notable stars include 罗嘉良 Gallen Lo (Luo Jia Liang), 林心如 Ruby Lin (Lin Xin Ru), 于荣光 Yu Rong Guang, 张嘉倪 Jenny Zhang (Zhang Jia Ni), 刘诗诗 Cecilia Liu (Liu Shi Shi), and 陈之辉 Chen Zhi Hui.

The series is comprised of 60 episodes and was directed by 鞠觉亮 Ju Jue Liang (Kuk Kwok Leung), the director of The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003), Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003), The Legend of Chu Liu Xiang (2007), and All Men Are Brothers (2011).  The series was produced by China Film Group Corporation, arguably the largest film enterprise in China.

Story

In the last years of the Northern Song Dynasty, the central region was being invaded by the Liao Dynasty, causing the people fallen into difficult times. Emperor Huizong turned a blind eye to the political affairs, which led to the discontent of Yue Fei, the captain of a “brave warriors” team. With only 800 warriors, Yue Fei’s army, including Zhang Xian, Niu Gao, Xu Qing and Wang Gui, returned with triumph, demonstrating that fighters in the Sony Dynasty were a lot tougher than the enemy could ever imagine.

Jin Wuzhu soon led his army to raid the territory once again, sieging Bianjing, capital of the Northern Song Dynasty. Yue Fei thus joined the old commander Zong Ze to defend against the intruders. When Yue Fei was about to set off, his mother, Madam Yue, made a tattoo on his back with the characters“Jin Zong Bao Guo”(serve the country with supreme loyalty) as her support and inspiration towards him.

As Emperor Yuizong understood that his army was no match for the invaders, he hastily decided to abdicate his throne to his son Zhao Huan as Emperor Qinzong. The force of the Later Jin Dynasty surrounded Bianjing, resulting in an extreme situation. Zhao Gou, Emperor Qin Zong’s younger brother, who exceled in both the pen and the sword, was aided by a treacherous minister Qin Hui to usurp Qin Zong’s power. Such scheme was suppressed by Yue Fei, who was then at enmity with Qin Hui and Zhao Gou. Zhao ascended the throne at Jiankang as Emperor Gaozong, the first Emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty.

When Jin Wuzhu’s troop seiged Xinxiang, Yue Fei’s army marched into the mountain area and drew the swords against Jin’s powerful troop with the guerilla stragegies. Two months after, Yue Fei’s guerillas lacked food and reinforcement, forcing themselves to eat the invader’s flesh and drink their blood. Fortunately, Yue Fei’s wife Li Wa found General Liang Xing to transport the food onto the mountain, helping the entire army secure a safe retreat.

The Jin army conquered Jiankang with the imperial tomb raided. Yue Fei joined forces with his elder son, Yue Yun, to defeat Jin Wuzhu. However, Qin Hu was secretly in contact with Jin Wuzhu, offering him the map of Huang Tian Dang’s water channel, which enabled Wuzhu to retreat overnight.

After the triumph wth 6 commanderies recaptured, Yue Fei was awarded “The Patriot Yue Fei” flag by Emperor Gaozong, who admire his army as superior.

At the end of the 11th year of Shaoxing era, Emperor negotiated peace again with the Jin Dynasty. Their Emperor replied stating the mandatory condition: killing Yue Fei. This in turn gave an excuse to Qin Kui to eliminate him.

Qin Kui first sentenced Zhang Xian and Yue Yun to torture. Yue’s army determined to break into jail on the new year’s eve, but was discovered by Qin Kui, who finally decided to hurriedly sentenced him to hanging. Yue Fei cried to the sky saying “Tian Ri Zhao Zhao”(Where is justice?) before his glorious death for sacrifice.

Yue Fei finally died at 39. Qui Kui immediately sentenced Zhang Xian and Yue Yun to death the next afternoon. Yue Fei’s little daughter, Yue Yinping, threw herself into a well and destroyed herself. His wife Li Wa, along with a hundred of the clan members, were exiled to a desolate region for more than a decade and struggled to survive.

On the last month of the 25th year of Shaoxing era…

Qin Kui and his people walked towards a plaza, when Liang Xing suddenly appeared and ordered to kill him. Qin Kui’s son carried him on his back and broke out of the encirclement. Qin Kui returned to his mansion before he had a nightmare, in which Yue Yinping was going to take his life. He was terrified and soon dead. Statues of such evil man and his son were since built in Yue Fei Temple to kneel before Yue Fei, the historical patriot.

Source: Times Production Ltd.


Director: Ju Jueliang



Cast:

  • Huang Xiaoming
  • Gallen Lo
  • Wu Xiubo
  • Shao Bing
  • Ruby Lin
  • Liu Shishi
  • Viann Zhang
  • Allen Ting
  • Yu Rongguang
  • Steve Yoo
  • Chen Zhihui
  • Wang Wei
  • Jenny Zhang
  • Cheng Pei-pei
  • Jiang Zhengyang
  • Angel Wang
  • Wang Zixuan
  • Zhang Zhixi
  • Zhou Bin
  • Roy Wang
  • Cui Lin
  • An Zehao
  • Kang Kai
  • Wang Haiyang
  • Yan Yanlong
  • Johnny Zhang
 Yue Fei
 Qin Hui
 Gao Chong
 Han Shizhong
 Li Wa
 Gao Chong's wife
 Liang Hongyu
 Emperor Gaozong of Song    
 Zhou Tong
 Wanyan Zongbi
 Liu Ge
 Wanyan Zongwang
 Wu Susu
 Yue Fei's mother
 Consort Ling
 Zhao Xiaoman
 Wu Shima
 Yue Anniang
 Yue Yun






 


On the YouTube Playlist:

  • Huang Xiaoming announcing the Patriot Yue Fei on Anhui TV
  • Trailer for The Patriot Yue Fei (2013)
  • Ultimate Trailer for The Patriot Yue Fei (2013)
  • Action Trailer for The Patriot Yue Fei (2013)
  • Promotional trailer for The Patriot Yue Fei (2013)

 



Also Known As:
Jing Zhong Yue Fei

Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Release Date: July 2013
Runtime: 45 minutes per episode
Episodes: 60, 68 or 72 (depending on the TV Station and prefered cut per episode)
Genre: Drama, Action, History

On the YouTube Playlist:

  • Theme Song  精忠岳飞 The Patriot Yue Fei (2013):
  • Duet 精忠岳飞 The Patriot Yue Fei (2013): Loyalty Legends 《精忠传奇》duet Huang Xiaoming 黄晓明 and 谭晶
  • 精忠岳飞 The Patriot Yue Fei Soundtrack (2013): New music video MV for Leap of my Heart 《精忠岳飞》
  • Interviews on the set of The Patriot Yue Fei (during filming 2011)
  • Scenes and interviews during the filming of the Patriot Yue Fei (during filming 2011)
  • Full press conference for The Patriot Yue Fei in Taiwan 26 July 2013
  • Videos from the premiere events on the various TV Stations incl. Shandong TV, Tianjin TV and Anhui TV 16-18 June 2013

 
 
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Behind the Scenes tidbits:
 
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