This Is Sanlitun

This Is Sanlitun (2013)

China is like a beer, if you don't like the taste you can just keep drinking

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • Release Date: 2013-09-10
  • User Rating: 8.1/10 from 7 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Vintage Pictures
  • Production Country: Australia, China, Iceland
  • Director: Róbert I. Douglas
star 8.1/10
From 7 Ratings


British sad sack Gary is a failed entrepreneur who has just arrived in Beijing's stylish Sanlitun district, allegedly to start a business. There are other reasons why he has uprooted himself — he's followed his ex-wife and young son, for one — but he soon finds out that China isn't the easiest place to succeed. Blissfully untouched by self-awareness, and only fitfully in tune with reality, Gary sallies forth to make money, armed with faith in himself and little to no knowledge of Chinese culture. He soon hooks up with Frank, a trust-fund kid from Australia who offers to mentor Gary in Eastern ways, although Frank's pedagogical method is restricted to yelling at Gary for being a Westerner and not being as "Chinese" as him.

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  • Carlos Ottery

    as Gary
  • Christopher Loton

    as Frank
  • Ai Wan

    as Lin
  • Cromwell Cheung

    as Wang Ke
Directing Róbert I. Douglas Director
Writing Carlos Ottery Screenplay
Writing Róbert I. Douglas Screenplay
Writing Christopher Loton Screenplay
Crew Zuxiang Zhao Cinematography
Production Hlín Jóhannesdóttir Producer