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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Details


Two very different people become friends and partners in this nautical drama. Nikos (Stephen Rea) is a radio man working on a Greek freighter when he finds himself stranded in Hong Kong after the firm that owned his ship suddenly goes out of business. Nikos is already depressed over his recent breakup with his girlfriend, and this latest turn of events hardly makes him feel any better; he develops a dependence on opium as he works a variety of odd jobs trying to keep himself together while waiting for his ship to return to the sea. Li (Ling Chu) is a ten-year-old Chinese girl, cut off from her mother and father, who has a sampan and asks Nikos to help her get the boat ready for the water. Nikos doesn't much care for Li at first, but her youthful optimism and determination to succeed make an impression on him, and in time he leads her on a voyage to find the family she left behind years before. Director Marion Hansel's work on this film was honored with a Golden Palm nomination at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Stephen Rea
as Nikos
Adrian Brine
as Captain
Maka Kotto
as African sailor
Mischa Aznavour
as Young sailor
Jane Birkin
as Woman


Marion Hänsel
Jessinta Liu
Marion Hänsel
Bernard Lutic
Wim Mertens
Wim Mertens
Composer (Music Score)
Thierry Leproust
Art Director
Marion Hänsel
Associate Producer
Mark Forstater
Associate Producer
Yan Tax
Costume Designer
Henri Morelle
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Paul Loublier
Sound/Sound Designer