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The Illegal Immigrant

The Illegal Immigrant

The Illegal Immigrant

1985 / 98min / DCP

DIRECTOR: MABEL CHEUNG AND WANTING ZHANG

CAST: YUNG-CHO CHING, FU-SHENG WU

Dodging immigration authorities while toiling in a Canal St. sweatshop to pay off debts, Ching Yung-Cho enters into a protective marriage of convenience with his friend’s Chinese-American sister, Wu Fu-Sheng, who needs the money to pay for much-desired plastic surgery. The sham marriage grows in time to real affection, however, and the touching, true vulnerability of the leads’ performances is matched in authenticity by Cheung’s insider’s depiction of NYC Chinatown, all of which helped win her the award for Best Director at the 5th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Screening as a part of Shaw Sisters