THE KILLING BEACH, originally released as TURTLE BEACH, tackles the plight of the Vietnamese boat people in Malaysia. Although the issues are sometimes unclear, the energetic story and a sturdy performance from Greta Scacchi give this socially committed film momentum.
Australian journalist Judith Wilks (Greta Scacchi) takes an assignment to cover the arrival of Vietnamese boat people in Malaysia, even though it means missing her two young sons' vacation. In Kuala Lampur, Judith tries to get to Bedong, the island where refugees are kept. She talks to Ralph, an
immigration processor; the Australian High Commissioner's wife Minou (Joan Chen), who is committed to ...