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