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Dark Matter (2007)

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Based on actual events, a Chinese university student responds violently when his chances for a Nobel Prize are dashed by school politics.

Director:

Shi-Zheng Chen

Writers:

Billy Shebar (screenplay), Shi-Zheng Chen (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Joanna Silver
Ye Liu ... Liu Xing
Peng Chi Peng Chi ... Mama
Aidan Quinn ... Jacob Reiser
Blair Brown ... Hildy
Yonggui Wang Yonggui Wang ... Baba
Lei Tsao Lei Tsao ... Zhang Ming
Jing Shan Jing Shan ... Wang Ying
He Yu He Yu ... Old Wu
Bo Li Bo Li ... Little Square
Boris McGiver ... Reverend Hollings
Bill Irwin ... Hal Silver
Hui Zhang Hui Zhang ... Monkey King
Taylor Schilling ... Jackie
Joe Grifasi ... Professor Colby
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Storyline

Liu Xing is a scholarship boy from China, newly arrived in Salt Lake City, a graduate student in cosmology, in Utah to study in Professor Reiser's prestigious program. Back in China, Liu Xing's parents are proud of him, and he dedicates himself to fulfilling their hopes. All the graduate students in the program work on projects that extend and further Reiser's model of the origins of the universe. Liu Xing does well until his own theories move him away from Reiser's. Will Reiser and the department recognize Liu Xing's brilliance? Can the young man's benefactor, Joanna Silver, intercede? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

24 April 2008 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Fúria pela Honra See more »

Filming Locations:

Orem, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,701, 13 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,041, 18 May 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Saltmill, Myriad Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The events in this movie are loosely based on a shooting that occurred in 1991 on the Iowa City campus of the University of Iowa. The shooter, 28-year-old physicist 'Gang Lu' (qav), had recently received his PhD from the university's Physics and Astronomy Department, but believed that his failure to win a dissertation prize had kept him from getting a job as a professor. On November 1, 1991, he attended a departmental meeting, and shortly after the meeting started he shot three of his former professors and the winner of the prize he had wanted. He then walked to a different campus building and shot an administrator whom he felt had ignored his grievances, as well as a student employee in the grievance office. Gang Lu then committed suicide by shooting himself. All of the shooting victims died from their wounds except for the student employee, who was paralyzed from the neck down. She later died from inflammatory breast cancer, brought on by the condition of her paralyzation. See more »

Crazy Credits

Still Photographer Matthew Margolin and Additional Still Photographer Tyler Meiners are listed twice during the end credit roll. See more »

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performed by the 'Beijing Angelic Choir'
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Subtlety to Perfection
11 May 2009 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Dark Matter" is a fantastic movie. For those frustrated with academic politics or anybody who enjoys a simple movie told well, shot well and acted brilliantly, should see Dark Matter.

The writer/director got it right. (Not necessarily details surrounding previous incidents that this may be based on), but the overall attitude of the students, and professors at the university are portrayed perfectly.

The story follows a brilliant Chinese student at an American University trying to get his Ph.D. under a successful and respected professor (played by Aidan Quinn). They showed us everything we needed to know about the main character, including contrasts to his fellow Chinese students with very effective, subtle scenes.

For the subtlety, effectiveness, simplicity, and brilliance of everything in this movie, "Dark Matter" is one of the best recent films made.


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