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Drifters (2003)

Er di (original title)
The young adult life of Hong Yunsheng, nicknamed Little Brother, is seen as somewhat of a failure by those that know him. A Chinese national, he stowed away on a boat to the United States, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yihong Duan ...
Young Brother (as Long Duan)
Yan Shu ...
Little Girl
Zhi-Liang Wang ...
Liang (as Zhiliang Wang)
Yiwei Zhao ...
Big Brother
Yang Tang ...
Sister-in-Law
Peizhu Jin ...
Old Man
Da Ke ...
Son
Yioun Huang ...
Aunt
Jianlun Zheng ...
Village Chief
Juyong Liu ...
Young Man
Youjie Su ...
Monkey
Meijuan Zeng ...
Jan - Monkey's Wife
Tianzeng Huang ...
Ertao
Xuelan Fang ...
Erato's Wife
Yuyong Su ...
Policeman A
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The young adult life of Hong Yunsheng, nicknamed Little Brother, is seen as somewhat of a failure by those that know him. A Chinese national, he stowed away on a boat to the United States, where he worked as a dishwasher in the restaurant of a family from his hometown back in Fujian province. After two years in the States and after fathering an illegitimate child there named Fusheng, the child's mother Xuhui who is the restaurateur's daughter, he was deported back to China. Since, he has been floundering in life, which has caused a rift between himself and his older brother, who, with his wife, operate a street front diner and can't have children of their own. Little Brother relies on his new girlfriend, a woman he barely knows named Wu Ruifang who is a performer in a touring opera troupe, for emotional support. Despite Little Brother being the local poster boy for not stowing away, his friend named Monkey tried to do the same, but died on the voyage over due to exposure to toxic ... Written by Huggo

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One dimensional
4 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie covers the subject of human smuggling which is already, and much better, covered in many other movies (e.g. El Norte). The story line is simple and has few, if any developed subplots.

The cinematography is kind of dreary and is obviously low-budget. It tends to be the same scene, and the use of light is boring. Even though it is depicting a poor village, this is no reason to not have better camera work.

Many of the actors don't have clear diction and have an accent. Sometimes it is hard to understand their Mandarin (There is one part when Er-di was talking to the smuggler, they did use a local dialect).

Will I watch it again? no! Overall, it is not a very interesting movie. I don't recommend it.


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