Steve Lin as Baojia cradles his dead daughter (played by Catherine Zhao). This highly emotional scene was brilliantly acted. Many tears were shed, some by Steven Lin in deeply personal acting, some by 9-year old Catherine Zhao (who later joked, “I only want to do comedy from now on!), and some by producer writer/director George Billard (who was moved by the performance as he stood watching the monitor).
Wayne Chang, who also did casting for the film, plays the unmerciful snakehead who delivers Baojia to his life of enslavement. Chang’s performance is tough and gritty, bringing life to a small role. Arielle Toelke did make-up, transforming the actors into a bruised and battered lot. The scene is beautifully anchored by the powerful performance of Steve Lin.