Shanghainese Ken bribed his way to a holiday work visa. Ethnocentric Ken clashes with xenophobic Red, his Ocker assistant. Further souring of relationship avoided when Ken saves Red’s dog. Friendship soothes Red’s fear of displacement, dilutes Ken’s cultural superiority.
Imminent visa expiry forces Ken to look for marriage of convenience but he fails. He meets Julia, his Aussie teacher who loves him but peels off his arrogance, lies and clothes.
Ken’s quest shifted. Both transformed.
Adapted by Adam Cass from the novel by Cher Chidzey