China or Bust

China or Bust

2007, Economics  -   25 Comments
Ratings: 8.33/10 from 88 users.

China - a superpower emerging at breakneck speed. It's the Holy Grail for risk-taking entrepreneurs. Every day, hundreds of British businessmen arrive full of hope and expectation. It's the land of opportunity. It's a place where dreams can come true. But Chinese entrepreneurs, unleashed after 50 years of communism, are taking no prisoners in their own relentless quest for wealth. In the wild east, only the toughest will survive.

These British businessmen are risking everything as they venture into the real dragon's den. Who will make their fortune and who will return home penniless? Tony Caldera's cushion business has been ruined by cheap Chinese imports. Today, his Liverpool factory stands deserted. There were hundreds of people working there. They all had jobs for life. They were the number-one cushion maker probably in Europe. Everything was made in England, and life was great, and they were all happy. All of a sudden, China has come along, and they just can't compete anymore.

In a last-ditch attempt to salvage his business, Tony is taking a huge gamble. He's borrowed two million pounds to build a factory in a paddy field in China. Thirty-six-year-old Tony has bought a one-way ticket to Linping, a city in the heart of China's vast textile industry. If everything goes according to plan, Tony can rebuild his business and regain his crown as the king of cushions.

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8 years ago

ACK! Worthless.

Namaste Sommer
9 years ago

The west plays checkers, the east are masters of chess. These "business men" will soon hear, "Price go up". They've betrayed the honest workers at home thinking to take advantage of the Chinese. Hahahahahahahahaha

10 years ago

Is it really that clever going to China and using a poor, downtrodden, slave-race of people to build your bulls*it for you?
I don't respect these so-called business men ie. slave drivers.
America got rich using black people to pick cotton for free, That was also very 'clever' business.

10 years ago

Thank you for that injection of courage to my nerves.

Nicholas Hewlett
10 years ago

gave me a couple of ideas! would like to know more.

10 years ago

Hmmm. The glory days of conquesting in China were back in the 1980s and 90s. Anyone going there now is just picking up scraps.

Luyang Han
10 years ago

Mr. Vance has a very interesting character, and a even more interesting interpreter, who carefully evens the rudeness from both sides.

10 years ago

Wow! Good documentary making at it's finest.Inspiring!

Nada nada
10 years ago

Gee hope none of them ended up like that guy killed by Bo Xilau's wife.

10 years ago

@Megatron.Thats why all the sausage mongering yanker trader (e.g.the ferringie) are Headed their.

10 years ago

how do you say sausage fest in Chinese?

10 years ago

great doc...

10 years ago

I wonder how different this doc would be if it was made this year.