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13 October 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »
A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the Liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Overstated, a bit hysterical, but gives voice to experience. See more (3 total) »


Shui-Chiu Gan
Jialing Hao
Meiying Jia

George Lam ... Shiomi Akutagawa

Andy Lau ... To Minh
Shujing Lin
Season Ma ... Cam Nuong
Cora Miao ... Nguyen's Mistress
Mengshi Qi

Directed by
Ann Hui 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kang Chien Chiu  (as Tai An-Ping Yau)

Produced by
Meng Xia .... producer
Original Music by
Wing-Fai Law 
Cinematography by
David Chung 
Zong Ji Huang 
Chung Kay Wong 
Film Editing by
Kin Kin 
Production Design by
Tony Au 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Kwan .... assistant director
Art Department
Shi Cheng Yang .... props
Camera and Electrical Department
Lai Pan .... still photographer (as Yuk Mok Pok)

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Also Known As:
"Tau ban no hoi" - Hong Kong (original title)
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109 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Ho Yim was the first choice to direct the film.See more »


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Overstated, a bit hysterical, but gives voice to experience., 28 December 1998
Author: Cliff Sloane ( from Seattle, WA

Every refugee from Vietnam I know has reported incidents depicted in this film. Nobody experienced all of them, and certainly not in the film's timespan, but none of the incidents are especially far-fetched.

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