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Film Fest 2010: The Free China Junk

Film Fest 2010: The Free China Junk 


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The story of five fishermen who set off from Taiwan in 1955 to get to San Francisco (a 6000 mile trip)in an old junk vessel has charm aplenty.Robin Greenberg's crafted a doco which is gentle,easy on the eye and at times akin to a shaggy dog story-which is 100% true.None of those involved in the voyage had any experience of the wider sea-and none of them had any sense of the achievement they may get when the journey was completed.Using footage shot at the time of the voyage, accounts from those onboard and documents,the whole journey is wonderfully brought to life-throw into the mix a few humourous anecdotes and comments-one remarks how he didn't know how to swim and it doesn't matter because he'll suffer less if they come across trouble.But the vignettes flow so well and the footage used sews such a rich nostalgic tapestry,that Free China Junk achieves such a lot in its 100 minute running time that it'd be hard not to be entertained by this doco.

Sat July 24, 2010 5:17PM



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