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China Girl

DVD - 2017
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Five years after the shocking events that rocked her hometown in New Zealand, Detective Robin Griffin has returned to Sydney and is trying to rebuild her life. When the unidentified body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes "China Girl" didn't die alone.
Publisher: London : BBC Worldwide Americas, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD T
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 381 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby digital 2.0
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: China girl


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Jan 13, 2019

Well worth watching. A realistic portrayal of the complexities of relationships.

Dec 19, 2018

almost a waste of time watching this. kept hoping it would get better, but didn't really until episode 4, but still not great. Probably worst TV detective I have seen, she was terrible, not seeing the most obvious things.
Too many weird characters that had no function at all. The whole strange group of women was of no consequence whatsoever, and really a waste of time.
The original plot wasn't bad, and perhaps if it had been edited better, and cut down to maybe 4 episodes instead of 6, it could have been good, but as it is, episodes 2 and 3 are a total waste of time. It just seems like a really bad chick flick. The big "confession" was so obvious two episodes before it was revealed. ARRGH..
It reminded me of those really bad Canadian TV series from the 70s.

The scenery is the best thing about it !!!!!!

Nov 21, 2018

It could have been a better series! Had a potential! Some interesting scenes, while others too violent or overdone! A weird, dark story, that was too long!
Not worth the time to watch it!
The ending was unsatisfactory, also! It could have used more explanation and more scenes to clarify! We were left to guess what happened to some characters and their outcome! Poor editing in places! I don't recommend this series! Better shows out there!

Jul 31, 2018

Directed by Campion and Garth Davis and aired as a BBC TV program in 2013, this 6-episode mystery drama delves into the investigation of the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl in New Zealand.
Although it appears like a haunting story, the plotline seems ill-contrived for the sake of complexity.

Jun 28, 2018

Both seasons 1 and 2 are riveting. Holly Hunter is brilliant in season 1 and Elisabeth Moss is just a pleasure to watch in any role.

May 01, 2018

I just love it.The scenic of the nature are gorgeous I would have love to go there. The actors are playing so playing very well. I couldn't stop and watch the all the episodes at once.

Jan 26, 2018

I enjoyed this mystery and recommend it

Dec 23, 2017

Great mystery set in the South Island Lake district of New Zealand. A 12-year-old girl is found to be 5 months pregnant; however, she goes missing before the father can be identified and charged. Young detective, Robin Griffin, leads the investigation to find her and the identity of the father.
Quite tense in some sections and slow in others; the episodes get progressively more powerful as the end draws near. Great character development and awesome scenery!

Nov 30, 2017

Robin says there were 4 then in season 2 there were 3. Discrepancies and unanswered questions in both seasons.

Sep 16, 2017

The story was a very choppy & low budget quality. Scenery was good. Elizabeth Moss never disappoints.
I wouldn't waste 6 hrs on this one.

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Feb 26, 2014

Other: Strong - yet quite warped - theme of feminism is present throughout. Women attempt to assert themselves but attack each other and behave like doormats.

Feb 26, 2014

Sexual Content: Strong themes of incest, pedophilia, and rape. Two of which are not resolved in the plot. None are graphic or show nudity but all are disturbing nonetheless. There is nudity with some of it full frontal but blurred or done respectfully.

Feb 22, 2014

Violence: Warning about a scene involving a dog being senselessly shot. A tad graphic and unnecessary to the plot.


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Feb 22, 2014

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Mar 01, 2015

Al: No, no one's ever really friends with Matt. Still, I'm close enough to regret it.

CJ (Holly Hunter): The pain will never be too much, but when it is, the body goes unconscious. But you guys have drugs, yeah?
Jude: Yes, morphine.
CJ: That's not good. Find some heroin. In nature there is no death. Just a reshuffling of atoms.

CJ: The body has tremendous intelligence. Follow the body.
It will know what to do.
Tui: I don't want to be naked.
-- Hey, I've had a couple of kids. Had one at home. It was that quick and easy, I nearly missed it. God, lucky my sister was there...


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