The Road to Mandalay

Midi Z

IFFR 2017

Voices

  • 108'
  • Taiwan
  • 2016

The ambitious and determined Lianqing is one of millions of Burmese fleeing their homeland looking for a better life. Traveling with the aid of human traffickers by boat, motorbike and truck to Bangkok, she soon finds a job, a home and a partner: the helpful Guo, who accompanies her on the harsh journey across the border to Thailand. Without papers however, their life is very insecure: there are no well-paid jobs for illegal immigrants and there’s a good chance they’ll be arrested and deported. As far as Lianqing is concerned, the final destination she dreams of is not Bangkok but Taiwan. And she will do virtually anything to make this dream come true.
In The Road to Mandalay, Midi Z, who himself grew up in Myanmar (then still Burma) but emigrated to Taiwan at the age of sixteen, sketches a gruesome, alarming and topical portrait of his compatriots. He also tells a universal story: a tragic love story that will not leave the heart unmoved.

Director
Midi Z
Countries of production
Taiwan, France, Germany, Myanmar
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
108'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Taiwanese, Burmese
Producers
Patrick Mao Huang / Flash Forward Entertainment, Midi Z / Seashore Image Productions, Vincent Wang / Homegreen Films Co., Dominique Welinski / DW, Katharina Suckale / Bombay Berlin Film Production, Arfi Lamba / Bombay Berlin Film Production, Aditya Assarat / Mosquito Films Distribution, Zhao De-Fu
Production Companies
Flash Forward Entertainment, Seashore Image Productions, House on Fire, Bombay Berlin Film Production, Myanmar Montage Films, Pop Pictures Co. Ltd.
Sales
Urban Distribution International
Screenplay
Midi Z
Cinematography
Tom Fan
Editor
Matthieu Laclau
Production Design
Akekarat Homlaor
Sound Design
Tu Duu-Chih, Wu Shu-Yao
Music
Lim Giong
Cast
Ko Kai, Wu Ke-Xi
Website
http://urbandistrib.com/films/the-road-to-mandalay