American Dreams in China
Long-limbed tale of three friends in business together boasts strong lead performances.
Sumptuously shot spin on the costume action genre has good performances but a slightly bumpy script.
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Golden Horse Reflections
What the Awards means to this year's participants
China box office up 35% in 2013
Local films' revenue grows 93.8% year-on-year
Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominees
Five including Ilo Ilo tied with 6 nominations
American Dreams, 1942 crow at Golden Rooster
Double winners in two categories
1942 tops Golden Rooster nominations
New category, smaller ceremony this year
Enlight Media reports 112% rise in profit
Film and television division revenue up 320%
Toronto announces first wave of titles
N. American premieres of high-profile Asian films
Stone and Soul win at Taipei Film Awards
Festival held at time of uncertainty for industry
China box office up 36% in H1 2013
Domestic films secure 62.3% market share
American Dreams beds down in China
Peter Chan's drama about friendship has RMB100m opening weekend
Beijing festival opens Playbook
China's second festival seeks to supersede Shanghai
Lost in Thailand is lost to Taiwan
Road movie comedy barred by quota
Du joins Dreams team
Model turned actress responds to Chan call
Guillotines undergoes 3-D conversion
We Pictures expands slate
Chan joins Venice jury
Hong Kong director, producer to judge competition
Buff fit for Hong Kong opener
Festival proclaims diversity, depth of retrospective work
Chan tribute set for HKIFF
Local talent at heart of events series
Homerun, Zonbo partner on slate
Five film slate includes Dangerous Liaisons adaptation and historical epic
Chan wakes to American Dream
By Patrick Frater and Stephen Cremin
Sun, 15 July 2012, 17:45 PM (HKT)
The film is described as "a sweeping tale of friendship, loyalty and betrayal of three university graduates through the rise of a multi-billion dollar tutorial empire they established together." The story spans several decades from the period of early economic reforms in 1980s China through to the present day.
The narrative is believed to be loosely based on the true story of Michael Yu (俞敏洪), who founded New Oriental School in 1993. Two decades on, Yu describes his education empire as "the largest provider of private educational services in China", with 608 learning centres and over 15,500 teachers in 49 cities.
Although the film has started shooting, We Pictures stated that they will not reveal the names of the cast until a later date. However Chinese-language media is already reporting the casting of HUANG Xiaoming 黃曉明, TONG Dawei 佟大為 and DENG Chao 鄧超, first revealed by producer ZHANG Qiang 張強 on his Weibo microblog.
The crew features a number of Chan's regular collaborators including Christopher DOYLE as cinematographer, SUN Li 孫立 as production designer and Dora NG 吳里璐 as costume designer. Doyle last worked with Chan on Perhaps Love 如果・愛 (2005) before being replaced by Peter PAU 鮑德熹 mid-shoot.
Chan is expected to complete principal photography, which will also include scenes shot in New York, before he takes up his role as juror at the end of August at the Venice International Film Festival.