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Iron & Silk (1990)
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Iron & Silk (1990)
Original name: Iron And Silk
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Iron and Silk is a 1990 movie based on the eponymous book by American writer Mark Salzman. It details his journey to China after college to study Chinese wu shu, better known in the west as kung fu, and to teach English. Though not trained as an actor, Salzman starred as himself, as did Pan Qingfu, who claimed no one else could portray him on film. Salzman's experiences occurred in Changsha, Hunan, though the film was shot in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. (Wikipedia)
Style: realistic, semi serious, cult film
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, teacher, autobiography, forbidden love, youth, college, politics, romance, misfit, teachers and students, love and romance, fall in love, high school life, society, opposites attract, high school, introspection, city life, culture clash, disorder, fish out of water, college graduate, idealism, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: china, asia

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