A Japanese reporter arrives in Vietnam hoping to capture the essence the society under the rule of the Communist Party. With the help of a vietnamese girl, he eventually opens his eyes to the painful truth of postwar Vietnam.
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User Reviews: George Lam is a Japanese photojournalist whose assignment is in Viet Nam, shooting the people and events…. when the local authorities don’t confiscate his film. As he goes on, he discovers the desperate poverty of the population; it’s not about the Boat People, but more about the desperation that forces the people to, in the words of the Chinese title, "Flee towards the angry sea."
Shot just after the war between China and Viet Nam, that goes a long way towards why the authorities permitted Anna Hui and her Hong Kong crew to shoot on Hainan. It’s a telling story, not the least because the director lets you know this is a pure point-of-view story; every shot is perfectly composed, often beautiful in its horror. Even after Lam abandons his camera, the beautiful images continue; he’s trapped with his photographer’s eye, seeing things as they really are, yet unable to see anything but the beauty of misery.