Chinese actress Gong Li has praised the Cubans for their uplifting spirit as they struggle to live under a Communist government. The Miami Vice star visited the Caribbean nation to research her role as a Chinese-Cuban in the blockbuster and compared the country to Communist China in the 1980s. She says, "Cubans are always very happy, even if they don't have too much money and their houses are worn down. "Still, they are joyous people. In contrast, people in China in the '80s were more repressed emotionally."