Boat People
(Tou bun 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.

Director Hui’s melodrama is an important landmark of the Hong Kong New Wave. Shaomi Akutagawa, a Japanese journalist, arrives in Vietnam intent on documenting the country’s recovery from the war. He meets a young girl from a poor family who helps him open his eyes to the oppressive living conditions of the North Vietnamese in the years after the end of the war. Implicitly anti-communist, the film 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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