Directed by Clara Law
Starring: Maggie Cheung and Tony Ka Fai Leung
I'll start this off by saying I love Maggie Cheung and I watched this one first and foremost because she was in it. I am also a fan of Tony Ka Fai Leung but this was just a bonus and again, not my main reason for checking this out. Little did I know, there was a surprise in store for me in this film. The synopsis seemed simple enough, a story about Chinese immigrants to New York. What wasn't simple was how their story was told.
I didn't expect to be so affected by this film. I had a feeling I would enjoy it but I ended up being blown away by its intensity. This was a heartwrenching film. I don't think I'll ever forget the impact it left on me. I love Chinese film so much, I've been watching many of them for the better part of a year now with real interest and I am still in love with the cinema.
If you're looking for a film that's unknown here yet won awards in China and likely elsewhere (this is unsurprising to me), and that will leave a hard hitting impression on you, then check out Farewell China. Let me reiterate that this isn't a feel good "coming to America" success story. I want to just keep repeating myself here, telling you how powerful this one is, until I can't think of other ways to say the same thing. I'll stop now and leave you to it.