Is there a place in the world for Yu Ming? He's a clerk at a convenience store in China, bored with his life. At a library, he spins a globe and stops it with his finger, which turns out to...
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Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
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Paddy C. Courtney,
Is there a place in the world for Yu Ming? He's a clerk at a convenience store in China, bored with his life. At a library, he spins a globe and stops it with his finger, which turns out to be touching Ireland. He reads about the country and teaches himself Irish, flies to Dublin, and finds to his chagrin that no one understands him. He assumes that his Irish is at fault, that is, until he walks into a bar looking for work. Written by
My only complaint about this movie is that it is too short! It is a little gem, and you don't have to speak Irish to enjoy it. But if you are familiar with situation in Ireland, where the language is rapidly dying out and most people don't speak a word of it, even after spending years in school learning it - in fact many people have a violent antipathy toward it - the film will be all the richer for you.
Anyway, Daniel Wu's performance is comedy gold. I was in stitches when he did his impression of Robert De Niro speaking Irish. I also liked the perky but clueless Australian hostel attendant.
The basic premise of the movie is not as far-fetched as you might think. Some years ago I met a guy from a Caribbean island who now works as a chef in the Aran Islands and speaks fluent Irish. And with the booming Irish economy attracting people from all over the world, you can go into even the smallest village and are as likely to find yourself dealing with Ethiopians, Estonians and Ecuadorians (to mention just the E's) as with native-born Irish people.
Anyway, you can watch this movie for free on the web so if you are at all intrigued, do a google or youtube search and enjoy!
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