The story of a young Chinese couple who come to London from Hong Kong, hoping to make their fortune. Lily and Chen’s ambitions are ordinary enough, but their future becomes inextricably entangled with the menacing world of the Chinese underground. Screenplay by Ian McEwan, based on a novel by Timothy Mo.

Director Mike Newell

Writer Ian McEwan, Timothy Mo

Cast Sylvia Chang, Danny Dun, Jodi Long, Soon Tek Oh, Martin Kemp

Producers Roger Randall-Cutler

Production Credits British Screen Productions, Film Four International,First Film Company, Zenith Entertainment

Mike Newell

Festival Section Year Location
Toronto Film Festival
Cannes Film FestivalDirectors Fortnight1988
Santa Barbara Film Festival
Chicago Film Festival
Locarno Film Festival