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Ghosts (2006)

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
People Smuggler in Calais (as Dave Bryan)
Jiannan Tian ...
Smuggled Chinese Immigrant
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

12 January 2007 (UK)  »

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Fantasmas  »

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1.78 : 1
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Harrowing but true
10 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

The dreadful plight of illegal immigrants to the U.K. has been highlighted in a number of films, including Michael Winterbottom's 'In This World' and Channel 4's miniseries 'Sex Traffic'. While Nick Broomfield was motivated by the tragedy of the deaths of Chinese cockle-pickers in Morecombe Bay to abandon his normal style (of self-led investigative documentary) to film a dramatic reconstruction of their story. He handles the transition in styles well, and his film is realistic, harrowing and marked by striking photography of Britain's ugly-beautiful underbelly. Particularly good is the portrayal of the gang-master, a villain, yet also a victim at the same time. If there's a criticism its that, judged purely as drama, the story is almost too harrowing, with no hope of redemption at the end. But of course, the events depicted actually happened and, with the exception of the final chapter, continue to happen: this is an important film, and one that asks awkward questions for those of us rich off the backs of migrant labour.

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