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Red PG rating

Beautiful, bittersweet tale of love, longing and Elvis. Xiao Mei leaves China for marriage in Britain. But her true desire is to find her family.

Drama 1995 26 mins


A beautiful tale of love, loss, new beginnings and the strange adventure taken by migrants to the UK. In 1977, young Xiao Mei leaves China for the UK to enter into an arranged marriage. Speaking no English and feeling distant from her Elvis-obsessed new husband and his stern mother, Xiao Mei dreams of reuniting with her long-lost parents and brother. But old memories of family can be deceptive...

Writer-director Rosa Fong's other work has included documentary, gallery installation and a series of witty short films for Channel Four about Chinese philosophy; she now lectures on film and TV. Red was supported by the BFI's mid-90s New Directors programme, which also funded early films by Lynne Ramsey, Gurinder Chadha and Andrew Kötting.