Director tracks horror of child trafficking

By Liu Wei ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-04-17 07:21:06

Director tracks horror of child trafficking

Hong Kong director Peter Chan. Jiang Dong / China Daily

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Hong Kong director Peter Chan's fifth film to be made on the mainland focuses on child smuggling.

Dear Child, the tentative title of his latest film, depicts several families who lost their children to smugglers. Chan was inspired by a documentary on the subject.

"It was so gloomy and depressing," says the father of an 8-year-old girl.

The documentary follows the parents in their desperate search. Some parents find themselves confronting new problems after they finally find their children, who have built emotional bonds with the families who bought them.

"Real life is so dramatic that the best scriptwriter would marvel at it," Chan says. The director, among the first Hong Kong filmmakers to shoot films on the mainland, has made four well-received works in different genres: Perhaps Love, The Warlords, Dragon and American Dreams in China.

Zhang Ji, scriptwriter of the 2013 smash hit American Dreams in China, took on this script as well. He went to Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong province, where the story is set, to live with the vendors there - the main characters in the film. His solid script gave Chan confidence.

"Although I am not a native on the mainland, I believe some emotions are universal," he says. "I do need experts on details. I think Zhang Jin has done a good job."

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