“The whole world fears Fujian!” announces a TV pundit, commenting on the notoriety of China’s southeastern province as the country’s center for illegal emigration and human trafficking. Shot on location in Fujian’s coastal towns and on Pingtan Island in the Taiwan Strait, with a cast of non-professionals playing characters very much like themselves, Robin Weng’s pin-sharp debut feature reveals why and how so many young Chinese pay to have themselves smuggled in containers to the West. —Asia Society
Fujian Blue offers a whole new angle with which we can look into the world of illegal Chinese emigrants. The villages that these emigrants were born in, the friends that they grew up with, and everything that they couldn't afford to bring with them to foreign countries are enshrouded in enigma in this film. It is fascinating to see a whole world that these Chinese have left behind in search of a new lifestyle.
Above: Robin Weng's Fujian Blue. There are a few reasons to justify Richard Brody’s claim that Chinese filmmaking was “the crucial story