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Boat People
(Tau ban no hoi)

Screening on Film
Directed by Ann Hui.
With Paul Chiang, Meiying Jia, George Lam.
Hong Kong, 1982, 35mm, color, 111 min.
Cantonese with English subtitles.

An important landmark of the Hong Kong New Wave, Boat People follows Shaomi Akutagawa, a Japanese journalist who arrives in Vietnam intent on documenting the country’s recovery from the war. He meets a young girl from a poor family who helps open his eyes to the oppressive living conditions of the North Vietnamese. Implicitly anti-communist, Boat People was censored in China at the time of its release, but went on to a successful showing at Cannes and the Best Picture and Best Director prizes at the 1983 Hong Kong Academy Awards.

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