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China Girl 

In the wake of New Zealand's devastating events, troubled Detective Robin returns to Sydney for a fresh start, however, the wounds of the past are deep and angry, moreover, a suitcase with a rather appalling content summons dark memories.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Merlynn Tong ...
Kathleen Haynes ...
Officer Sizzla
Officer Badger


The detective needs to get away from NZ and goes to work in Australia. A daughter that she gave up when she was 16 is also in Australia. An Asian girl in a suitcase is found on the beach which begins the detective's first case in her new home. Written by MBP

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10 September 2017 (USA)  »

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Mary is played by Alice Englert, the daughter of series creator/writer/director Jane Campion. See more »


The German character Alexander "Puss" Braun is portrayed by a Swedish-Danish actor. He pronounces a few German lines, words and names with a typical Swedish accent. His English accent is neither Swedish, Danish or German. However, as nothing about his backstory adds up, he may be lying about his German origin as well. See more »


Alexander 'Puss': The destiny of man is to enslave women...
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Would have made a decent one off film if trimmed.
8 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

There are many series with great pilots that descend into complete wastes of time from the second or third episode in, but to me what is worse is when a series starts and builds well succeeding in hooking you only to turn silly just before the finale. This is the case with this follow up to the original series. Characters dissolve, plot threads come to nothing and trivial messages clutter the main story line. Anyone who has not seen it would do better to look out the two series of 'Happy Valley' which successfully mixes intimate personal drama with a wider story arch. The stand out performance in 'China Girl' is that of David Dencik as the radical pimp 'Puss',convincingly sinister and hypnotically persuasive. There are no other particularly well rounded characters apart from the sullen lead Robin Griffin (Elizabeth Moss)whose history over shadows the plot. The plot itself tries to support a mishmash of messages, some trivial, others very important whilst weaving a thin thread of mystery. Many characters are unnecessary and unbelievable. What is the point of Gwendoline Christie's sketchy character as Robin's sidekick really? The reappearance of the villain from series one was unnecessary proving that not only was he a child molester but is also a nose biter!The final episode's closure of the investigation was almost laughable.Would have made a decent one off film if trimmed of cartooned male characters and baggage from previous story.

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