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Inspired by actual events, director Chen Shi-Zheng's socially conscious psychological drama follows the journey of an ambitious Chinese scientist working towards his Ph.D. in America, only to be marginalized to the extent that he ultimately loses his way. All Liu Xing (Liu Ye) ever wanted was to study the origins of the universe at a Western university. Upon arriving at the school, Liu immediately rents a modest apartment with a few other Chinese students and begins flirting with the pretty American who works at the local coffee shop. Personally welcomed into Department Head Jacob Reiser's (Aidan Quinn) select cosmology group, Liu remains dedicated to his studies and optimistic about the future. Things continue to look up as Liu becomes close with wealthy university patron Johanna Silver (Meryl Streep) after the two become acquainted at an orientation for foreigners sponsored by a local church. Eventually, Liu becomes Reiser's protégé, and makes a sizable impression at a prestigious conference attended by the pair. But attitudes start to shift when Liu's studies in dark matter come into direct conflict with his mentor's prominent theories and well-established studies. His excitement about a potential breakthrough causes him to ignore repeated warnings that he must pay his dues, and Liu's findings are eventually eclipsed by that of more studious fellow student Laurence. Determined to have his studies published, Liu goes behind Reiser's back, but he ultimately becomes the target of ire rather than accolades, with Johanna's naïve encouragement prompting him along a dangerous collision course. While Liu remains enamored with the concept of the American dream and optimistic about American science being a free market of ideas, he begins to grow dejected after his dissertation is rejected, the girl at the coffee shop blows him off, and his roommates all find lucrative jobs. Essentially left behind at the university, Liu rejects Johanna's offer for help and vows not to return home to disappointed parents. Now, as he coasts on the fumes of his unrealized dreams, the dishonored student prepares to lash out with one final act of devastating annihilation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 11, 2008

Cast

Liu Ye
as Liu Xing
Aidan Quinn
as Jacob Reiser
Meryl Streep
as Joanna Silver
Blair Brown
as Hildy
Chi Peng
as Mama
Shan Jing
as Wang Ying
He Yu
as Old Wu
Boris McGiver
as Reverend Hollings
Bill Irwin
as Hal Silver
Taylor Schilling
as Jackie
Joe Grifasi
as Professor Colby
Rob Campbell
as Gary Small
Jodi Russell
as Claire Reiser
Erick Avari
as Professor Gazda
Lloyd Suh
as Laurence Fang
Johnny Rothman
as Rene
Hong Ying
as Laundry Worker
Zeng Hui
as Neighbor Girl
Sina Amedson
as Selim

Crew

Chen Shi-Zheng
Director
Mary Salter
Producer
Janet Yang
Producer
Andrea Miller
Producer
Chen Shi-Zheng
Screen Story
Billy Shebar
Screen Story
Billy Shebar
Screenwriter
Oliver Bokelberg
Cinematographer
Hal Willner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Van Dyke Parks
Composer (Music Score)
Pam Wise
Editor
Michael Berenbaum
Editor
Dina Goldman
Production Designer
Linda Chiu
Executive Producer
Kirk D'Amico
Executive Producer
Les Boothe
Set Decorator
Su Haoqi
First Assistant Director
T.C. Christensen
Camera Operator
Guo Wei
Camera Operator
Kathy Jarvis
Stunts
Jeff Chumas
Stunts
Jeff Johnson
Casting
Steven Laneri
Sound Mixer
Mo Lan
Casting
Cathy Shen
Casting
Ellen Parks
Casting
Qu Chenggen
Production Supervisor
Coby Broyles
Driver
Nabil Rahme
Camera Loader
Christopher Sheldon
Supervising Sound Editor
Gao Ai
Translator
Migs Rustia
Visual Effects Editor
Jenna Kilgrow
Department Head Hair
Yagmur Kaplan
Music Editor
Yagmur Kaplan
ADR Mixer
Paul A. Levin
Post Production Supervisor
Gaylen Nebeker
Video Assist
Matthew Haskins
Second Assistant Camera
Mitch Stelling
Key Grip
Yank Kaiqiang
Art Department Assistant
Brian LeGrady
First Assistant Camera
Zhao Yi
Assistant Hair
Zhao Yi
Assistant Makeup
Qu Zhongxiang
Set Production Assistant
Matt Cartsonis
Recording
Heather Toone
Second Assistant Director
Mike Lookinland
First Assistant Camera
Michael Osten
Properties
Rick Webb
Driver
Wu Guangdong
Dolly Grip
Stephen Gabis
Dialect Coach
Lai Linyi
Set Production Assistant
Chris Libby
Publicist
Travis Cline
Second Assistant Camera
Edwin Matsu
Department Head Makeup
David Forester
Second Assistant Camera
Carrie Puchkoff
Assistant Editor
Gwen Berry
Personal Assistant
Kong Yue
First Assistant Camera
Eric Solmonson
Transportation Captain
Alan Oakes
Location Manager
Thomas Younkman
Sound Effects Editor
Roger Cooper
Assistant Editor
Guo Wei
Casting Assistant
Alex Boynton
Electrician
Russ Senzatimore
Assistant Editor
Austin Webb
Driver
John Fairlamb
Foley Mixer
Wesley Warner
Driver
Kelly Lookinland
Script Supervisor
Jenny Chiurco
Producer's Assistant
David Stoddard
Gaffer
Meng Zimu
Script Supervisor
Frank Bare
Stunts Coordinator
Kelly Thomas
Post Production Supervisor
Sandi Longhurst
Art Department Coordinator
Soozie Eastman
Producer's Assistant
Tyler Meiners
Additional Cinematography
Joel McKee
Properties Master
Jeff Midgley
Set Medic/First Aid
David Hannah
Driver
Jason Painter
First Assistant Camera
Danny Cheng
Production Assistant
Li Zhuozhuo
Makeup
Li Zhuozhuo
Hair Styles
Chen Zewei
Boom Operator
Brooke Redmon
Production Coordinator
Wu Jingjing
Boom Operator
Kate Payne
Publicist
Joel Remke
Second Assistant Camera
Les Udy
Boom Operator
Angel An
Producer's Assistant
Kirstin Tobiasson
Costumes Assistant
Tang Baojin
Assistant Properties
Dean Starkey
Driver
Kelly Cha
Translator
Zhao Peng
Set Production Assistant
Maureen Norton
Post Production Supervisor
Rob McDowell
Electrician
Scott Doleto
Driver
Christopher Ivins
Compositor
Buddy Gheen
Compositor
Brandon Malmstrom
Driver
Kate Holland
Assistant Production Coordinator
Jan Thrower
Personal Assistant
Lisa Crowder
Driver
Allen Dial
Best Boy Grip
Cindy Ingram
Assistant Properties
Loren Nebeker
Video Assist
Du Guixue
Production Accountant
Jenny Lawhorn
Unit Publicist
Lamond Reynolds
Driver
Brandon Ellsworth
Dolly Grip
J. Roy Helland
Hair Styles
J. Roy Helland
Makeup
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