A Great Wall (1986)

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The full title of this culture-clash drama was originally The Great Wall is a Great Wall. The first American production to be shot in Red China, the film was produced and directed by Peter Wang. Wang himself stars as Leo Fang, a San Francisco computer engineer who decides to move his family to China in search of his "roots." For the first time in his life, Fang discovers what it is to be Chinese and not merely a hyphenated American, but his wife and children are not so easily assimilated into their new surroundings. Problems arise when Fang and his brood move in with their Mainland relatives, who are curious (and a little apprehensive) about Western culture. It takes a long, long time before a common ground of mutual understanding and respect is reached, and it is the children who take the first steps towards that ground.

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What's lacking is a story to keep up the interest between incidents.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

A Great Wall is about the sort of visit I imagine most of us would like to make, back to the people and the ways of life where we, or our ancestors, came from.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's noted as the first American production to be shot in Red China.

Apr 22, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Lampoons ethnocentrism and celebrates the values of cross-cultural experiences

Jul 15, 2003 | Full Review…

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