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So Close to Paradise (1998)

Biandan, guniang (original title)
Two young farm workers, who like millions of others, leave their village to seek their fortunes in the city. Each chose a vastly different path to make it and become embroiled in ... See full summary »

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Two young farm workers, who like millions of others, leave their village to seek their fortunes in the city. Each chose a vastly different path to make it and become embroiled in misunderstandings, gangster brawls and police raids. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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10 December 1998 (Hong Kong)  »

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Ruan's Song  »

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$1,446 (USA) (9 March 2001)

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$1,446 (USA) (9 March 2001)
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A sympathetic look on female migrant workers from rural area
16 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

The general attitude of urban Chinese is discriminative against the migrant workers from rural areas. This film gives a sympathetic look at the discriminated rural female workers who are forced into bad situation against their will. A sense of social criticism of the wrong attitude of the urban population is therefore also presented.


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