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Snakehead (Image Credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Snakehead Review and Ending Explained: A Story Of The Resilience Of Illegal Immigrants

Last Updated on November 1, 2021 by Joydeep Ghosh

Recently released, Snakehead revolves around the dark and corrupt face of New York’s China Town.

Snakehead refers to the smuggler who smuggles migrants into this land of milk and honey.

In Snakehead, it is revealed that this human trafficking racket works at the grass-root level, and the migrants have to pay through their nose to be smuggled into the United States to pursue their American dreams.

The Plot of Snakehead: What is it About?

The protagonist, Sister Tse, played by Shuya Chang, is an illegal immigrant to the United States of America.

For this service, she owes thousands of dollars to Dai Mah, played by Jade Wu, the don of the China Town.

Dai Mah’s empire comprises prostitution, gambling, and money laundering through various businesses.

Her son, Rambo, played by Sung Kang, assists her in this illegal business.

Sister Tse has to do several jobs to repay the debt of Dai Mah.

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Dai Mah in Snakehead (Image Credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

At first, it was prostitution, but she soon proved herself to be unsuitable for this job when she beat up a customer for physically abusing one of the girls at the parlor.

As a punishment, she is tortured by the pimp, but then she beats her tormentor to a pulp as well.

Dai Mah is hugely impressed at her refusal to break down and allows her to repay the debt by working elsewhere.

Dai Mah starts trusting Sister Tse and even thinks of appointing Tse as her successor.

Dai Mah does not trust Rambo, who is both volatile and immature, to handle her business alone.

Tse becomes a key figure in the organization, a fact which Rambo resents a lot.

Why Does Sister Tse Come To The USA in Snakehead?

Sister Tse reveals in her narration that she has come to the United States of America to find her daughter with whom she was forced to separate nine years ago.

Her daughter lives in New York with her adoptive parents, and Sister Tse hopes to find and reunite with her.

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Sister Tse in Snakehead (Image Credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Sister Tse gradually finds her daughter but is not sure whether to reveal her identity to her daughter or not.

She keeps all this a secret from her organization as she knows this may be used against her.

However, Rambo instructs Pai Gwut, played by Richie Ng, to keep an eye on Sister Tse.

Pai Gwut notices that Sister Tse often visits a church to watch a piano performance of a young girl.

When Dai Mah is informed of this, she is able to work out the relationship between the two.

Snakehead Ending Explained: Why Did Sister Tse Have To Become An FBI Informant in Snakehead?

Dai Mah does not like the pace at which Sister Tse progresses in the organization.

Things get worse when Sister Tse goes with Rambo and Pai Gwut to the Canadian border to pick an assignment of illegal Chinese migrants and find them all dead because of extreme cold as the freezer was turned on.

Dai Mah is aware that the authorities are closing in on her organization.

So, she gets Sister Tse arrested. FBI agent Olivia, played by Sandra Eloani, tells Sister Tse that she knows all about her daughter and convinces her to become an FBI informant.

Sister Tse meets Dai Mah wearing a listening device and gets Dai Mah arrested.

Sister Tse gets Pai Gwut killed as he wants to kidnap her daughter on Dai Mah’s order.

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Rambo in Snakehead (Image Credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Rambo takes revenge by killing Sister Tse’s close friend, Zareeb.

Eventually, Rambo is killed in a shootout with the FBI.

With Dai Mah and Rambo gone, Sister Tse is most likely to assume control of the organization and continue all its activities.

Sister Tse decides to leave her daughter with her adoptive parents for her own good.

As they love her daughter dearly, she realizes that she would never be able to provide her daughter with the stability which they can.

Snakehead Review: Our take on the Film

In this story of the resilience of an illegal immigrant, we are shown the human side of the human trafficking racket, and not once the hapless immigrants are portrayed as victims or the ones to be pitied.

The viewers are treated with some great performances by the actors of Snakehead, and the chemistry between the ladies, Sister Tse and Dai Mah, is sparkling.

However, Sister Tse adding up as the narrator could have been avoided; some things are best left to the imagination of the viewers.

The cinematography is excellent and captures the deep dark underbelly of China Town brilliantly.

Snakehead was released on October 29, 2021, across theatres in the United States of America. Evan Jackson Leong has directed Snakehead. 

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Snakehead Review: Is it Worth the Watch?
Yes, Snakehead is definitely worth the watch. On October 29, 2021, Snakehead was released in the United States of America and directed by Evan Jackson Leong. The film had shown the human side of the human trafficking racket, and not once the hapless immigrants are portrayed as victims or the ones to be pitied. The viewers can witness some great performances by the actors of Snakehead, and the chemistry between the ladies, Sister Tse and Dai Mah, is scintillating. The cinematography has also been tremendous and catches the deep dark underbelly of China Town brilliantly. If we had to rate it, we would give it 75/100, which means it is definitely worth the watch.
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