Directed by: Midi Z 2012 | 105 min.

Section: Halekulani Golden Orchid Award: Narrative Feature Nominees

Premiere: United States Premiere


Sponsored by:


Ministry of Culture, ROC (Taiwan)

Arranged by a smuggling syndicate, A Hong and his young teen sister (along with a group of Burmese young) sneak across the Myanmar/Thailand border and arrive at a remote town called Dagudi in Northern Thailand. A secret agreement to sell A Hong’s sister for cash is made between the gangsters and A Hong’s mother, and his sister is taken away upon their arrival.  His sister is now under the care of a young Burmese woman named San Mei, who also has plans of escaping to a better life.

Desperate to find a way to buy his sister back, A Hong goes to Bangkok and works under a tour guide who has lived in Thailand illegally for years. When a disastrous flood ruins the tourist season, A Hong makes a dangerous gamble to sell a batch of medicine that can be turned into a powerful narcotic to the gangsters who have taken his sister.

Unfolding through two parallel narratives, POOR FOLK is a border story woven with touches of Tolstoy, amphetamines and Durian.


Sunday, October 14 1:45 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Thursday, October 18 3:30 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Midi Z
Screenwriter Midi Z
Producer Midi Z
Executive Producer Patrick Mao Huang
Cast Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi, Zhao De-Fu, Zheng Meng-Lan
Cinematographer Midi Z
Editor Midi Z, Lin Sheng-Wen

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