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Three Seasons (1999)

 -  Drama  -  30 April 1999 (USA)
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An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ngoc Hiep Nguyen ...
Kien An
Ngoc Minh ...
Truck Driver
Phat Trieu Hoang ...
Huy, Dao's Headman
Diem Kieu ...
Singing Lotus Woman
Hanh Kieu ...
Giang
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Hai, Cyclo Driver
Huu Duoc Nguyen ...
Woody, Child Street Peddler
Hong Son Le ...
Binh, Cyclo Driver
Ba Quang Nguyen ...
Don, Cyclo Driver
Huu Su Tran ...
Ngon, Cyclo Driver
Duc Hung Luong ...
Minh, Cyclo Driver
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James Hager
Diep Bui ...
Lan the Hooker (as Zoe Bui)
Hoang Trieu ...
Man Who Chases Lan #1
Tran Long ...
Man Who Chases Lan #2
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An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the soldier took it. Woody hunts for him. A cyclo driver, Hai, gives a ride to Lan, a hotel call girl, and starts waiting for her daily; he falls in love with her and tries to break through her tough veneer. Kien An, a young woman, takes a job harvesting lotuses in the ponds of Teacher Dao, a reclusive man who has leprosy. Her singing awakens him from depression, and he asks her to write down poetry he has composed. The characters' paths cross in small ways, around flowers and kindnesses. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$47,542 (USA) (30 April 1999)

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$2,019,237 (USA) (20 August 1999)
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The first American film to be made in Vietnam after Bill Clinton lifted the embargo. The filmmakers were followed by Vietnamese inspectors throughout filming. See more »

Quotes

James Hager: I made many mistakes in my life. That was a long time ago. Have I met the same man I was then? A lot of times past. When a chance comes around to make a wrong a right it's a special thing. But I hoped to make one thing right.
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Beautifully simple and culturally significant
26 June 1999 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

There are not very many movies that can put the viewer into the trance that this one did. It left me wondering why more American films can't be made like this, with subtlety and an eye for simplistic beauty and peace in nature. The many scenes at night in the rain-soaked city only provide a stark contrast to the scenes with lotus flowers and singing, thus making them more effective and fresh. Above this, the characters were intriguing. None had a life even remotely like mine, and this is probably likewise for 99% of Americans, who live in a fast-track, needlessly complicated, and mostly material world. Materialism exists in Three Seasons, but is seen as the enemy (the plastic lotus flowers) or (in the case of the prostitute) something to overcome. I left the theatre feeling somewhat wistful that there are not more films like this being produced today.


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