Top of the Lake (2013– )
26 user 7 critic

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.


Jane Campion


Jane Campion (created by), Jane Campion | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ling Cooper Tang ... Dang
Kim Gyngell ... Bootie
David Dencik ... Alexander 'Puss'
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ... Joy
Michelle Ny ... Mahlee
Linda Ngo ... Sinn
Merlynn Tong ... Caramel
Elisabeth Moss ... Robin Griffin
Kathleen Haynes Kathleen Haynes ... Sophie
Clayton Jacobson ... Adrian Butler
Hoa Xuande ... Walker
Gwendoline Christie ... Miranda Hilmarson
James O'Connell ... Officer Sizzla
Ben Wood Ben Wood ... Officer Badger
Alice Englert ... Mary


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-MA | See all certifications »






Release Date:

10 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

See-Saw Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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 »


Mary: It's not the old guys that you need to worry about, it's the young boys who are raised on porn who only want anal!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brilliant acting
1 August 2017 | by gwcprocterSee all my reviews

I found this series mesmerising. The acting of Elisabeth Moss and of Nicole Kidman was of the highest order, but actually for me Gwen Christie, playing the leads geeky side kick was a wonderful surprise. Campion takes us to the uncomfortable, there was a lot of rape intertwined in this story. It deals with the seedy side of life prostitution and surregacy for financial gain. All the characters are well developed, some intriguing some revolting. The initial early development of plot and character invested well into the overall story. There are lots of twists turns surprises and Campion creates the uncomfortable scenes extremely well. This is not a pacey action packed crime drama. There is drama and some action. It's strength is in taking you into relationships, usually dysfunctional and absorbing you into the plot and characters. I sincerely hope there is a TOTL 3 there is plenty to further develop and please let Gwen Christie be in it! She as is Moss are going to be in top demand in the very near future.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed