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To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey (2010)

| Documentary, Biography, Drama
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The definitive and true-life story of Nancy Kwan who as a young Eurasian girl from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the world in her stunning motion picture ... See full summary »

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Veronika Kwan-Rubinek ...
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The definitive and true-life story of Nancy Kwan who as a young Eurasian girl from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the world in her stunning motion picture debut in THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960). Nancy Kwan's story is both fairytale and poignant as it takes it's audience on a personal journey, a woman's journey, which is as equally compelling, as it is inspiring! Written by Anonymous

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Content over technique?
28 March 2011 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

The documentary "To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey" follows Hollywood's postwar Asian superstar, Nancy Kwan. Kwan acts as tour guide around her personal and professional history in the film. It features generous, but judicious use of clips from Kwan's career and the final scenes dwell on a family tragedy; The family tragedy has a great message and is very moving, but eventually it throws the film off-balance.

In a mostly chronological account, Kwan acts as both interviewee and sometime-narrator. Kwan's Hollywood associates were interviewed mostly in Los Angeles, with family and childhood acquaintances in Hong Kong. For reasons that become more obvious later on, many of the sessions with Kwan and third husband Norbert Meisel were conducted at the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Trimming the film would improve its appeal to a wider audience. Ka Shen's Journey would fit better in an hour slot on PBS than on a full length DVD movie. In addition, the editing and quality of the film was less than average. I understand that most of the film is old reel footage, but the modern scenes did not look high definition. Furthermore, the transitions and font usage were over used and seemed a bit amateur.

Overall, I would rate the film a 7/10 for good content, but, less than average technique.


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