14-year-old Chakra is sold as a slave labourer to the captain of a Thai fishing vessel. The captain's rule on board is cruel and arbitrary.


Rodd Rathjen


Rodd Rathjen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarm Heng Sarm Heng ... Chakra
Chan Visal Chan Visal ... Samnang
Chheung Vakhim Chheung Vakhim ... Friend in Waterhole
Terb Sophon Terb Sophon ... Girl From Rich Families
Phouen Nisa Phouen Nisa ... Girl From Rich Families
Sareoun Sopheara Sareoun Sopheara ... Chakra's Father
Nhim Chhun Nhim Chhun ... Kravaan (Eldest Brother)
Kunthea Sngoun Kunthea Sngoun ... Chakra's Mother
Phouern Mey Mey Phouern Mey Mey ... Chakra's Sister
Ros Leang Hong Ros Leang Hong ... Chakra's Sister
Sim Lyma Sim Lyma ... Chakra's Sister
Bou Samnang Bou Samnang ... Chakra's Younger Brother
Samphos Phon Samphos Phon ... Romli
Cheap Sovichea Cheap Sovichea ... Minivan Driver
Mony Ros Mony Ros ... Kea


A 14-year-old Cambodian boy leaves home in search of a better life but is sold to a Thai broker and enslaved on a fishing trawler. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around him, he realises his only hope of freedom is to become as violent as his captors.

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Official submission of Australia for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. See more »

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Sad but Good
9 March 2021 | by billcr12See all my reviews

A fourteen year-old Cambodian boy grows tired of carrying sacks of fertilzer to rice fields to support his mother, father, brother and sister. He seeks a better life after hearing of a chance to make decent money in the factories of Thailand. A broker picks him and a group of others and drops them off where they are broken up into smaller groups. The boy is put on a fishing trawler with a vicious captain and his crew. He and his fellow workers are treated terribly and couple of them revolt and the captain takes care of them in a horrible manner. The kid carries the film, which at ninety-two minutes moves along quite briskly. This is a great foreign movie.

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Thai | Khmer

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26 September 2019 (Australia) See more »

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