Peter Chan's 'American Dreams in China' Gets Release Date

The Hong Kong director’s first stab at making a contemporary drama on the mainland will be on show at EFM, after a press launch in Beijing on Tuesday.

Peter Chan Ho-sun’s American Dreams in China, a story following the rise of three Chinese men from penniless students to billionaire owners of a national cram-school chain, will make its bow in China on April 16.

Chan confirmed the date in a Tuesday press conference in Beijing, where he appeared alongside his stars Huang Xiaoming (The Guillotines), Deng Chao (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) and Tong Dawei (Flowers of War) to launch the film’s first trailer.

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 collaborator Jojo Hui, is handled at the EFM by the director’s own We Distribution. The company is also selling distribution rights to The Truth about Beauty, a cosmetic-surgery romantic comedy directed by Aubrey Lam and produced by Chan.