|Starring:||Zhan Yu, Ai Qin Lin, Zhe Wei|
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Apr 2007|
|Main languages:||English, Mandarin|
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Making a drama out of a crisisBy Stephen Simpson from Croydon, England , 07 Mar 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]There is a small band of British filmmakers (Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Winterbottom) who you can always rely on to produce edgy, relevant and inventive cinema. Nick Broomfield is in this group. Just when it looked like his usual style (of following around, trying and often spectacularly failing to get close to his subjects) was wearing thin, Broomfield has pulled a rabbit out of the hat with this potent dramatisation of the drowning of 23 illegal Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay in 2004. The style is low-key, using real locations and a non-professional cast, many of whom were illegal immigrants themselves. Lead actress Ai Qin Lin gives the sort of raw performance that a million acting lessons cant buy. Ghosts has some extremely disturbing moments, but Broomfield employs his usual brand of absurdist humour to at least make his film watchable, for example with the bumbling attempts by a gangmaster to bribe an employment agency for work (with boxes of chocolates!) and the moments of humour amongst the workers themselves (during a supermarket visit, finding that vegetables they may have picked are too expensive for them to afford). It may not have gotten the attention of Mike Leighs Vera Drake, Ken Loachs The Wind That Shakes The Barley or Michael Winterbottoms The Road to Guantanamo, but Ghosts might just be better than any of them.
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Go back to schoolBy a customer from London , 14 Aug 2008Haha, you have to laugh at the person who wrote the following:
'dont like sub for a start so dont send me any more please?????????????????????'
I hope for their sake it is a joke, if not, poor thing you.
I suppose reading subtitles is hard work for those that can barely read.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I found this boring , I have seen a documentary on this terrible tragedy which had far more insight and impact than this film . I didn't learn anything from this , it didn't answer any questions . Why travel 6mths to get to England ? where were the English gang masters ? How did they end up on the beach ? who gave them the jobs ? who was supposed to be looking after them ? One minute they are working in a meat factory , the next on a farm , the next on a beach whithout any real story. I feel sorry for the people who have died and my heart goes out to the children involved. But this is a poor film , watch the documentary on this for the real story and answers. I can't understand the 5 star reviews ?
GhostsBy endurosx (5 reviews) from scotland , 09 Jun 2008this is a very watchable film in the sense that it feels raw and amature but this enhances the film to deliver a cold bleakness that left me shivering even though it was well tasty in my living room. the pace of the film can occasionally slip to slow fortunately the characters are beleivable enough to create an empathy or sympathy that keeps the audience watching.
overall the film is well made and does not sensationalise the plight of the migrant worker in Britian today to an extent that national pride is to hurt. after all we all know this type of thing goes on all over europe.
This was not for us at all. 3/10.By Graham from UK , 27 Apr 2008Ghosts is an English directed (subtitled) drama come documentary based on a true tragedy of a group of Chinese immigrants who died cockling in an English bay at night. I must confess I personally have strong views on immigration, however, at the same time I can enjoy cinema for what it is and I am a sucker for an emotional drama/ tragedy. Sadly I just could not settle to this movie, our lead character, a young girl, leaves her child and family to pursue a dream in England only to find herself trapped in an unfortunate and far from dream like situation which ends in her death. Mt first criticism is the start, the film begins with the moments of her and the other immigrants death, this initially ruins elements of the tension a drama can build, further more the groups situation seems rather unlikely, I could not get my head around how they got caught in the way they did, again elements of the sympathy to the characters, needed to really enjoy a gritty drama, are lost. This bland start, together with the fact I did not, and never could agree, or sympathise, with anyone who leaves their child and enters a country illegally, no matter how sad the story, substantially reduced my enjoyment of this movie. Others might well take a lot more from this film, its slow and basic in acting and screen play but the underlying story is sad and the up close English film style is a plus, it just did not agree with me or my wife. This was not for us at all. 2 Stars. 3/10.
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ghostsBy a customer from Maldon , 20 Apr 2008very informative,glad i dont eat cockles!!!