Plot & Details
In the cultivated fields of Burma grows a beautiful flower with a terrible legacy. The poppy's seed has been exploited for centuries to produce first opium, and then its more destructive derivative, heroin. This three-part series chronicles the history of the opium and heroin trade in Burma. It is a story that leads from that small country throughout Southeast Asia, and then around the world. The Shan people of Burma found a ready market for their cash crop of opium in the British held port of Hong Kong. Until the end of World War II, heroin exportation was sanctioned by British licensing. The drug's subsequent status of illegality only made it more valuable. This episode takes the viewer to Hong Kong to investigate the drug trade, with its street criminals and behind-the-scenes power brokers. Archival film clips, photographs, and interviews tell the story.
- Run Time: 57min.