So close to paradise

So close to paradise

DVD - 1998 | Chinese
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Gangster film about two country boys who move to the big city to begin new lives and while one is content with his menial job, the other enters the world of gangsters and underworld alliances.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, 1998
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SO
Characteristics: Laser optical
optical,stereo
1 videodisc (Not rated)(90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1998
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voisjoe1 Jun 25, 2013

“So close to Paradise” is a early film shot in 1994 by Wang Xiaoshaui, but only approved by the Chinese authorities after changes made over a several year period. The film deals with the migration of farm workers to the cities and their near impossibility of making a decent living. Two of these workers, one doing hard physical labor, the other working in underground schemes to make money the easy way, get involved with a Vietnamese girl forced into prostitution by a mafia-type boss. After this years-long governmental censorship, Wang Xiaoshaui would go on to make several award-winning films (Cannes, Berlin, etc.) in the next decade after the release of this early film.

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