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Floating Life (1996)
"Fu sheng" (original title)

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An aging Hong Kong couple move to Australia with their two youngest sons. They stay with a daughter who has already begun a successful career. Meanwhile their eldest daughter lives in ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yen Chan
Annie Yip ...
Bing Chan
Gar Ming (as Anthony Wong)
Edwin Pang ...
Mr. Chan
Heung-Sing Lee ...
Mrs. Chan (as Cecilia Lee)
Toby Wong ...
Toby Chan ...
Julian Pulvermacher ...
Michael, Yen's husband
Bruce Poon ...
Cheung, Bing's husband
Claudette Chua
Jian Feng Li
Wai-sheung Lee ...
(as David Lee)
Robyn MacKenzie
Rafi Perla
Mark Ure


An aging Hong Kong couple move to Australia with their two youngest sons. They stay with a daughter who has already begun a successful career. Meanwhile their eldest daughter lives in Germany and their eldest son remains in Hong Kong. The film explores the different ways the family members cope with isolation and alienation. Written by Brian Rawnsley <>

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19 September 1996 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Elämä ylösalaisin  »

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Not drowning nor waving either
25 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The migrant experience from Hong Kong to Australia is delightfully and movingly explored in this truly wonderful Australian film from Asian film maker Clara Law. Others on this site will tell you the story, but my reaction to this carefully presented balanced personal experience is to be entertained in such an informative and visually hilarious and emotional way that I applaud Clara Law's perceptive and heartwarming expertise as a film maker. As an Anglo Australian I am aware of this visually exhilarating and challenging country from my perspective, having generations of my family born here, resulting in me and my brothers and sisters and pals. For elderly Asian migrants and excited teens to encounter the Technicolor landscape, the 1000watt sunshine, the cobalt blue sky, and the wildlife, both city and suburban, furry, flying and even human FLOATING LIFE deliciously and sensitively allows all their astonishment and alarm to take the most remote audience on a familiar but angled journey through displacement and adjustment. This is one of my favorite films from the 90s and it will be one of yours too when you are lucky enough to see it. In the 60s the same theme was hilariously explored for an Italian man entering Blokesworld-Sydney in the raucous farce THEY'RE A WEIRD MOB. However FLOATING LIFE is a sensitive banquet, not a broad comedy. Thankyou Clara!

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