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.
Sumptuously shot spin on the costume action genre has good performances but a slightly bumpy script.
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