The Road to Mandalay

Directed by Midi Z
Film Movement
108 Minutes
Myanmar, Taiwan

Two Burmese immigrants flee their country's civil war in search of a new life in Thailand. Finding work, they focus their efforts on acquiring Thai ID cards. However, when one achieves this goal, their relationship is doomed.

Director & Cast




  • "Taiwan-based Burmese filmmaker Midi Z produces his best work yet with “The Road to Mandalay.” Following his big leap forward with “Ice Poison,” Midi Z has now delivered a tightly edited and emotionally rewarding drama that places him in the top rank of Asian social realists."
    Richard Kuipers, Variety
  • "Thanks to Midi Z's brilliant command of visual metaphors and compassion for his subjects, [Mandalay] is elevated into an unnervingly immediate portrait of the human cost of displacement."
    Patrick Gamble, CineVue
  • "Compassionate and honestly told, it is a real empathy machine of a movie. And, of course, you can't watch it without thinking of the desperate plight of Burma's Rohingya Muslims."
    Cath Clarke, The Guardian
  • "Taiwanese director Midi Z pins docu-style heft to a resonant character drama about Burmese migrants in Bangkok."
    Kevin Harley, Total Film
  • "A provocative and illuminating portrayal of people lost in the world."
    Steven Nelsh, HeyUGuys
  • "Z effectively shows us the daily grind and takes us through one disappointment after another without ever ceasing to be engaging."
    Jenny Kermode, Eye for Film
  • "A melancholy drama that unfolds at a slow-burning pace, Midi Z's visually engrossing film is elevated by reserved yet indelible turns by Kai Ko and Wu Ke-xi."
    Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post
  • "A deceptively gentle account of the romance between two illegal immigrants in Thailand slowly builds into a moving portrait of the hardships they face and the impossible obstacles to their pursuit of happiness. Simplicity proves to be the greatest strength of a film that grows more involving as it unfolds and will consolidate Midi Z’s status as one of the rising stars of Asian cinema."
    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
  • "The Road to Mandalay is a bewitching, social-realist drama from Taiwanese film director, Midi Z."
    Jim Mackney, The London Economic