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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1995)

| Drama | 1995 (Belgium)
The film tells the story of a strange friendship between an adult, already on the return of his path of life, and a Chinese girl who just begins her path. Nikos is the radio operator of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Marion Hänsel

Writers:

Nikos Kavvadias (short story "Li"), Marion Hänsel | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Nikos
Ling Chu Ling Chu ... Li - a little Chinese girl
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... Captain
Maka Kotto ... The African sailor
Mischa Aznavour Mischa Aznavour ... The young sailor
Koon-Lan Law ... Li's mother
Jane Birkin ... Nikos' former love (voice)
Chan Chan Man Chan Chan Man ... Baby
Chow Jo Chow Jo ... Li's grandfather
Wong Wong Wong Wong ... Li's grandmother
Fow Tse Fow Tse ... Li's stepfather
Cheung Chi Ho Cheung Chi Ho ... A sailor
Chong Ching Chong Ching ... A sailor
Lim Lim ... A sailor
Peter Heylen Peter Heylen ... A sailor
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Storyline

The film tells the story of a strange friendship between an adult, already on the return of his path of life, and a Chinese girl who just begins her path. Nikos is the radio operator of a merchant ship and has just arrived in Hong-Kong. He is tired and wants to forget his problems by smoking opium. Innocence and hope turns to him in the person of Li, a Chinese girl who lives in a Sampan (a houseboat) and has to clean boats and empty trash-cans to survive. Written by Volker Boehm

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Drama

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Country:

Belgium | France | UK

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

1995 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Ling Chu. As of 2013, this is her only performance. See more »

Quotes

Li - a little Chinese girl: I'll tell you a story.
Li - a little Chinese girl: A legend as long as the Pearl River.
Li - a little Chinese girl: Once upon a time... a lonely, sad and lost mandarin.
Nikos: I'll tell you another story.
Nikos: Once upon a time... a lonely, sad and lost sailor.
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Wonderful drama
2 April 1999 | by Björn-5See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1997 and have hunted for it since. It´s one of the best I´ve ever seen - at the same time very moving, sad, ugly and beautiful. Stephen Rea is one of my favourite actors and perfect for this role, I think. This film touches you. It makes you think. Extra points for the end, which is lovely and surprising, like a haiku poem. It makes you leave the film with a glad feeling.


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