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The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

Dec. 09, 2016 Taiwan108 Min.
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Midi Z



Two illegal Burmese migrants fleeing their country’s civil war find love with each other while struggling to survive in the bustling cities of Thailand.

The Road to Mandalay
The Road to Mandalay
Original title再見瓦城
IMDb Rating7.1 272 votes

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  • raven-64-833785October 17, 2016Reply

    Unforgettable Scenes

    Thailand is where the hopes and dreams of millions of illegal
    immigrants from Myanmar are realized, or – more often – crushed. The
    Road to Mandalay focuses on two such determined immigrants, Lianqing
    and Guo, who are each in search of a better life. They meet by chance,
    after just crossing the border, in a pick-up truck traveling deeper
    into Thailand. Guo kindly offers Lianqing his more comfortable and
    expensive spot in the truck. However, Guo’s kindness does not end here.
    He keeps offering Lianqing contacts, jobs, food, places to stay and
    more. She won’t be bought though, not by him or anyone else, despite
    the intense pressure to sell her body. Yet the alternative is
    dangerous, degrading and monotonous work, 14 hour workdays, documents
    and permits perpetually out of reach, a crowded cement floor for a bed,
    running from the police, dirty air and everywhere there are tolls and
    bribes to pay, among other obstacles. Drugs dull the pain for Guo, yet
    selfless and hard-working Lianqing soberly continues to try to follow
    the rules. One of the two will give in to the relentless pressure.

    The Road to Mandalay is invigorated with unforgettable and resplendent
    scenes, alternately tragic and uplifting. Among these scenes; Lianqing
    emerges from a factory after a long shift and is splashed with water by
    dancing, joyful co-workers, Lianqing clings to Guo on a moped in the
    rain and cries after a deep disappointment, and Guo tenderly places a
    necklace on Lianqing’s neck. This enlightening, timely and poignant
    film aids in the understanding of the plight and vulnerability of
    illegal immigrants. The actors, despite their young ages and lack of
    experience – or perhaps because of such things, are capable and
    compelling. The camera-work is wonderful, often focusing on the eyes of
    the characters for dramatic effect. As always, it is fascinating to
    begin to understand a different culture and people. Thai, Burmese,
    English and Chinese are some of the languages used in the film. Seen at
    the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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