China, Netherlands, Denmark, UK, Taiwan
The Road to Fame tells a unique coming-of-age story with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical 'Fame' — China’s first official collaboration with Broadway — by the senior class at China's top drama academy as their graduation showcase. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cutthroat and corrupt show business. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today’s China.