An elderly couple and their two youngest sons leave their home in Hong Kong to embark on a new life Down Under. The couple are quickly warned of their new country’s many dangers from their already-established daughter, Bing (Annie Yip) – sinister spiders, dangerous dogs and the skin-damaging sun. Bing also insists that her brothers speak only English to quickly assimilate.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Chan family remains separated. Daughter Yen (Annette Shun Wah) lives in Munich with her German husband, while eldest son Gar-Ming (Anthony Brandon Wong) is left behind in Hong Kong, waiting for his visa to come through. When the Chans finally come together, they discover that life in this promised land (of suburban Sydney) doesn’t quite live up to all its expectations.
Law won the Silver Leopard at the 1996 Locarno International Film Festival, and was nominated for two AFI Awards (for her direction and screenplay written with Eddie Ling-Ching Fong). Annette Shun Wah was also nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Floating Life screens as part of China Up Close.
Floating Life (Fu sheng)
7 Feb - 28 Feb
Former Australian-based filmmaker Clara Law (The Goddess of 1967) brilliantly captures the life of the Chans, a Chinese family newly arrived in Australia after emigrating from Hong Kong, in a film beautifully shot by Oscar®-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe.