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Boat People (15)

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Boat People

Among the most important films to come out of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui’s drama focuses on the aftermath of the Vietnam War, a period in which many Vietnamese would flee from the country by sea.

A deeply humanist film, Hui documents the hopelessness felt by many and how the severity of life post War had led to people to take the dangerous decision to step into boats in hope of a better existence. 

Boat People, as well as being notable for being one of the first film roles for Andy Lau, one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, is a film which due to its sensitive portrayal of the legacies of war remains one of the key works exploring the experiences and conditions of Vietnamese refugees.

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1982 Hong Kong dir Ann Hui 111 min 

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