Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Summary: Great film
Finally saw it. My expectations were high, having always seen it regarded as one of the crown jewels of HK cinema. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. I was highly engrossed in the intense drama. Great performances by the entire cast. Cora Miao is so beautiful, seductive, and mysterious here.
Reviewer Score: 9
The language choice was distracting. A Japanese visits Vietnam and talks to all Vietnamese people in - you guessed it - Cantonese. Other than that, film is almost perfect.
Reviewed by: STSH
Close to film-making perfection.
Reviewer Score: 10
For those who doubt it, this is *the* film that proves that George Lam really can act and Ann Hui is a terrific director. Having seen "Lam" in any number of fluffy roles where he simply either sings or hangs around, it was great to see him tackle this meaty role, as a photo journalist on assignment in Vietnam who gets to close to his subject. But top acting honours go to Season Ma, whose performance is both gritty and flawless.
This is one of only a small number of films made in HK that deal with people smuggling from Vietnam in any serious manner, and it is stark and compulsive viewing. A must see.