Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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Journey to the West

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Six countries in 10 days! A group of Chinese tourists visits Europe at whirlwind speed.

Journey to the West

Six countries in 10 days! A group of Chinese tourists visit Europe for the very first time traveling by bus at whirlwind speed. More and more Chinese tourists visit Europe every day. What do they seek? What is their mental picture of Europe before their journey starts? What are their thoughts when they discover it? This documentary road movie captures with humor and spirit the cultural differences between China and the West in a play of mirrors and contrasts. It also destroys the stereotypes about the emerging Chinese middle class and offers insight and a new perspective of 'us' versus 'them'.

'Well-paced and funny; the film subtly reflects not only its Chinese protagonists but the Westerners around them.' - GB Times


** Quebec Ethnographic Film Festival, Canada
** Zagrebdox Documentary Film Festival, Croatia
** MiradasDoc Documentary Film Festival, Spain
** Clermont-Ferrand Traces de Vies Film Festival, France
** International Festival of Asian Film, Switzerland
** Namur International French Festival, Belgium
** Amsterdam International Documentary Festival (IDFA), The Netherlands


Main credits

Coulon, Jill (filmmaker)
Coulon, Jill (photographer)
Delarue, Philippe (film producer)
François, Virginie (film producer)

Other credits

Directors of photography, Jill Coulon, Julien Gidoin; editor, Alex Cardon; original soundtrack, Laurent Dury.

Distributor credits

A film by Jill Coulon

Docuseek2 subjects

East Asia
Cultural Anthropology
Race and Racism

Distributor subjects

Cultural Anthropology


Jill Coulon; Journey to the West; tourism; China; racism; France; "Journey to the West"; Icarus Films

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