Boat People

Film

 

Time Out says

Hui's impressive film sets out to explain why so many Vietnamese (mostly of Chinese descent) took to the South China Sea as refugees in the late 1970s. A Japanese photo-journalist covers the 'liberation' of Danang in 1975 and returns to report on 'New Vietnam' three years later. Initially a pawn of the propaganda bureau, he gradually realises the truth about forced labour camps, poverty and corruption, not to mention the generational in-fighting within the communist party. On first release it was taken as a pessimistic prophecy of Hong Kong's likely fate after the 1997 reversion to China's sovereignty - a reading it only half invites. The major weakness is the central casting: Lam is hopelessly unconvincing as both a Japanese and a professional photographer.
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Release details

UK release:

1982

Duration:

111 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ann Hui

Cast:

Andy Lau, Cora Miao, Season Ma, George Lam, Gus Wong

Music:

Law Wing-Fai

Art Director:

Tony Au

Editor:

Kin Kin

Cinematography:

Huang Zongji

Screenwriter:

Yau-Tai On-Ping

Producer:

Xia Meng

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