Iron & Silk

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Actor/writer Salzman's autobiography provides the source material for this winning semi-documentary outsider's take on contemporary Chinese society. A youthful fan of kung-fu movies, Salzman travels to China, works as an English teacher and falls for student Vivian Wu, while also training with (real-life) martial arts guru Pan Qingfu. Although the film doesn't probe that deeply into the political arena, cultural differences certainly emerge as the enthusiastic protagonist embraces a way of life far removed from his Western upbringing.

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Duration: 92 mins

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Director: Shirley Sun
Screenwriter: Mark Salzman, Shirley Sun
Cast: Mark Salzman
Pan Qingfu
Jeanette Lin Tsui
Vivian Wu
Sun Xudong
Zheng Guo
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