Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Dark Matter

Coming to New York theaters on April 11th, and then expanding from there, is the independent film Dark Matter. Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, and starring Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn and Liu Ye, this film follows an ambitious Chinese science student named Liu Xing, who is pushed to the edge while adapting to life in America. Unable to deal with the politics of the academic world here, he is driven to the breaking point, in what I hear turns into a tragic ending. On April 7th, I attended the press release for the film in NYC. The attendees were actor Aidan Quinn and Liu Ye, along with director Chen Shi-Zheng. Despite the infamous tragic ending, this film seems to be one that will give a better understanding of the cultural differences, and what it's like to come to this land as a foreigner seeking a higher education. For a film with such a small budget, it was able to score a couple of big name actors. You can tell that the story, not the money, drew the actors to this film. When asked what moved Aidan to star in this with hardly any money involved, he replied with two words, "Meryl Streep". He spoke with a lot of respect for her work, and said as soon as he heard she was starring, he was in. From listening to the actors and the director discuss the story, I'm sure Dark Matter will spark some interesting dialogue after the end credits.

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