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Ghostbox Cowboy (2018)

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A dullard Texas entrepreneur reinvents himself as a cowboy in China's tech wild west, but finds himself at the mercy of corrupt American expats looking to reinvent him once more.

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John Maringouin

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Credited cast:
David Zellner ... Jimmy Van Horn
Specialist Specialist ... Himself
Robert Longstreet ... Bob
Vincent Xie Vincent Xie ... Himself
J.R. Cazet J.R. Cazet ... Johnny Mai Thai
Carrie Gege Zhang Carrie Gege Zhang ... Herself
Steve Musselman Steve Musselman ... Himself
Tax Ninja Tax Ninja ... Himself
Angelina Liu Angelina Liu ... Joanna
Nicholas Grgich Nicholas Grgich ... Ronnie
Nan Lin ... Donny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Chu ... Venture Capitalist
Christopher Fung Christopher Fung ... Venture Capitalist Jay
Larry Kitagawa ... Venture Capitalist
Li Li Li Li ... Event Planer
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A dullard Texas entrepreneur reinvents himself as a cowboy in China's tech wild west, but finds himself at the mercy of corrupt American expats looking to reinvent him once more.

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Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ecstasy of China White See more »

Filming Locations:

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China See more »

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Ghostbox Cowboy is the first American Independent feature shot entirely in communist China's tech sector. See more »

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Dollar Tree Tycoon: Chronicle of a Failure Foretold
5 January 2019 | by egb-07676See all my reviews

This film caught me by utter surprise with its sophisticated critique of 21st-century trade relations, its razor-sharp commentary on capitalist globalization, its caustic and bleak humor, and its excellent pacing. The films takes us on a journey alongside an utterly clueless middle-aged protagonist from his moment of inspiration in a Texas dollar store )where he's dressed like a goofy millenial "bro," Affliction t-shirt and all), to his misadventures selling bootleg segways, to his ultimate destination in the "Inner Mongolian Blank Region" -- the under-construction megacity of Ordos, a sort of inverted version of the land our "cowboy" sought to escape. The film brilliantly explores the absurdities of the symbiotic relationship between a past-its-prime US and a rising "New China" without for a single moment retreating into lame explication, preachiness, or other sanctimonies. Every character is memorable, from "the Specialist" to the foul-mouthed scooter salesman, and the documentary style makes the film feel as real as anything without stretching credulity -- even when it makes a "Sorry To Bother You"-style turn into the realm of the absurd. This is one of the best U.S. indies I've seen in years, and deserves cult status!

P.S. I felt obligated to leave a good review of this film considering the poor user ratings (5.5 at the time that this was written) and dearth of buzz it seems to have received from mainstream audiences.


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