Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Clarence Fok.

A group of illegal immigrants try to make the journey from China to England and go through sheer hell to do it. I can only imagine it isn't always this hard to smuggle people into the west, otherwise there'd be precious few around to tell the tale. The ending is based on a true story. Like this year's FROM THE QUEEN TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, STOWAWAY is a revisioning of the Hong Kong true crime movie, with less exploitation and more thoughtful inquiry. Director Clarence Fok admittedly overuses various stop and blur effects, but does solid location work in London, Vietnam, and Russia. What isn't so solid is some of the British voice acting, which cripples what should have been the most dramatic scene of the film. Despite its flaws, this is a powerful drama which never lets up.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 15, 2004.

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