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Drachenfutter (1987)

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In Hamburg, always within reach of government officials, immigrants try to make their way. Shezad, a Pakistani in his early 20s, lives in a small hotel run by the shady Herder. The hotel is... See full summary »

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Shejad
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Xiao
Buddy Uzzaman ...
Rashid
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ...
Herder
Ulrich Wildgruber ...
Udo
Frank Oladeinde ...
Dale
Louis Blaise Londolz ...
Louis
Su Zeng Hua ...
Wang
Circé ...
Hans
Peter Maertens ...
Beamter
Manfred Brauneck ...
Einwanderungsbeamter
Ulrike Purschke ...
Monika
Youngme Song ...
Herders Frau
Horst-Joachim Berodt ...
Vertreter der Handelskammer
Arne Konnert ...
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In Hamburg, always within reach of government officials, immigrants try to make their way. Shezad, a Pakistani in his early 20s, lives in a small hotel run by the shady Herder. The hotel is a virtual United Nations. Shezad tries to help an older friend, Rashid, with his amnesty claim. When it fails, Herder offers to smuggle Rashid into the US for a large fee. Herder also gets Shezad a job in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant, where he befriends Xiao, a waiter. Xiao wants to open his own restaurant; they save enough to do so, mostly through Shezad's boldness. Because Shezad is the better cook, they serve Pakistani food. Through friendship, is economic success at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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11 February 1988 (West Germany)  »

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A Touching, Beautiful MASTERPIECE
30 August 2005 | by (Teaneck, NJ) – See all my reviews

Drachenfutter or in English "DRAGON CHOW" is one of the most beautiful films I've seen. I first learned about it at the Providence Public Library, when I was a grad student. I saw the box cover and immediately thought of my family. The smiling faces of the two hard working Pakistani men, reminded me of my uncles, who came to America and worked such hard jobs to give opportunities to their families. I had to see it. The film is magnificent. I was so taken by the relationships. Buddy Uzzaman or professionally known as Badl Uzzaman along with Bhasker, and Ric Young were sensational. Their mastery of the German language was very impressive. Badl Uzzaman and Bhasker continue to work in England. Ric Young has become more and more popular in America with his work on "ALIAS." All three of these men should have been nominated for Academy Awards. Their performances were breathtaking. The music is also very touching. Go see this film. Tell everyone you know. It needs to be seen by all. Amen.


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