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A young Chinese girl is smuggled into the UK so she can support her son and family in China.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zhan Yu ...
Mr. Lin
Tao Li ...
Chinese Cockle-Picker
Ai Qin Lin ...
Ai Qin
Zhe Wei ...
Xiao Li
Yong Aing Zhai ...
Zhai (as Wen Buo Zhai)
An Sheng Lin ...
Baby Bebe
Kan Jin Chen ...
Ai Qin's Mother
Shiang Fa Lin ...
Ai Qin's Father
Qin Rong Lin ...
Ai Qin's Brother
Ping Chen ...
Snakehead in China / UK
Marc Hoeferlin ...
People Smuggler in Calais
David Bryan ...
People Smuggler in Calais (as Dave Bryan)
Jiannan Tian ...
Smuggled Chinese Immigrant
Xiang Li ...
Smuggled Chinese Immigrant
Shu Ping Wang ...
Snakehead in UK


A young girl, Ai Qin, pays $25,000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China. She is forced to live with eleven other Chinese in a small house in Thetford, Norfolk, working in factories and fields preparing food. The film was inspired by the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, when a gang of Chinese cockle-pickers found themselves trapped tide coming in. Written by Michelet Carsrud

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Morecambe Bay, February 5th 2004, 23 lives, 23 souls


Adventure | Drama


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12 January 2007 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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a stunning movie
11 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie without really knowing much about it beyond that it was the story of the cockle pickers tragedy, and I left the theatre feeling utterly empty and shocked. It is an incredibly moving piece of work, cast by non-professionals, who I thought did a great job. The movie at times has a documentary feel about it because it is very natural, no special effects of fancy lighting, and the ordinariness of the household and factory scenes convey the grimness of the workers' existence.

The music is very apt as it has an Oriental dreamlike quality about it, which made me think that the workers probably spend their humdrum lives daydreaming about being back in China with their families.

It was a depressing movie for me as it casts us British people in a bad, but not unrealistic, light, and here we see some parts of British culture that most of us feel uncomfortable with - we love getting cheap supermarket food but don't really want to know how it gets to our shelves.

I really recommend this movie to everyone, but warn you that it is a very powerful, affecting movie that will stay with you for the rest of the day. I almost felt like crying at the end, and it has been a long time since a movie made me do that. In fact, I felt so upset when I left the theatre that I made myself go to see another movie just one hour later to clear my head (that movie being the truly awful 'Epic movie').

This movie will make you feel bad and good all at the same time, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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