One Child: Three part mini series
March 2, 2016 4:29 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe
In this BBC / Sundance production, adopted Mei Ashley (Katie Leung) is called back to Guangzhou to meet her birth mother for the first time, and to help save the brother she never knew she had from a corrupt legal system.
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It started a bit slow, and I couldn't tell how much of the lead's initial stiffness was deliberate, but I thought the final episode tonight was scarily compelling and really well filmed, and Mardy Ma was incredible as Mei's mother. It left me feeling uneasily oppressed all evening.
The exploration around the one child policy, adoption and police corruption is probably a bit shallow, but for such a short series I suppose it would have to be. It was a very visceral experience of it nevertheless.
posted by lucidium at 4:45 PM on March 2, 2016