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Tony Bui (story)
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Release Date:
30 April 1999 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Visually striking tone poem See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ngoc Hiep Nguyen ... Kien An
Ngoc Minh ... Truck Driver
Phat Trieu Hoang ... Huy, Dao's Headman
Diem Kieu ... Singing Lotus Woman
Hanh Kieu ... Giang

Duong Don ... 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

Harvey Keitel ... James Hager
Diep Bui ... Lan the Hooker (as Zoe Bui)
Hoang Trieu ... Man Who Chases Lan #1
Tran Long ... Man Who Chases Lan #2
Tuong Trac Bui ... Man Who Buys Lotus Flower
Huynh Kim Hong ... Woman on Balcony (Bag of Nuts)
Manh Cuong Tran ... Teacher Dao
Michael Salamon ... Man Who Steals Case
Nguyen Van Son ... Shoeshine Boy
A. Lu ... Street Guardian #1
Hong Phu Quang ... Street Guardian #2
Tran Quang Hieu ... Fagan, Woddy's Boss
Duong Tan Dung ... Cyclo Race Promoter
Thach Thi Kim Trang ... Little Girl
Ho Kieng ... Restaurant Owner
Quang Hai Ngo ... Man in Taxi with Lan
Hong Khac Dao ... Parlor Manager
Pham Van Thai ... Parlor Friend
Othello Khanh ... Phuong's Drunk Boyfriend
Lola Guimond ... Phuong (Amerasian Daughter)
Nguyen Thanh Son ... Cyclo Race Official
Nguyen Thi Ngoc ... Teacher Dao's Servant
Nguyen Thi Lien ... Grandmother

Directed by
Tony Bui 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Timothy Linh Bui  story
Tony Bui  story
Tony Bui  written by

Produced by
Ben Bohen .... associate producer
Timothy Linh Bui .... co-producer
Tony Bui .... producer
Trish Hofmann .... line producer
Harvey Keitel .... executive producer
Jason Kliot .... producer
Charles Rosen .... co-executive producer
Joana Vicente .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Horowitz 
 
Cinematography by
Lisa Rinzler 
 
Film Editing by
Keith Reamer 
 
Casting by
Quan Lelan 
 
Production Design by
Wing Lee 
 
Art Direction by
Michele De Albert 
Pham Hong Phong 
 
Set Decoration by
Thai Van Hoang 
 
Costume Design by
Ghia Fam 
Ci Fam Ghia 
 
Makeup Department
Olivier Seyfrid .... key makeup artist
Nguyen Kieu Thu .... key hair stylist
Nguyen Kieu Thu .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Phu An Chiem .... production manager
Peter Schön .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Linh Bui .... second unit director
Sam Coates .... assistant director
Suzanne Nicell .... second assistant director
Julian Petrillo .... assistant director
Ngoc Chau Pham .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Colin McGreal .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Curtis Choy .... sound
Steve Hamilton .... supervising sound editor
Cari Hook .... apprentice sound editor
Jason Kaplan .... foley editor
Brian Miksis .... sound
Dave Paterson .... dialogue editor (as David Paterson)
Dave Paterson .... sound editor (as David Paterson)
Mary Ellen Porto .... supervising sound editor
Michael Primmer .... boom operator
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Russell Berg .... special effects
David H. Watkins .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephane Gauger .... third lighting technician
Laela Kilbourn .... second assistant camera
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... cinematographer: second unit
Sean McCardell .... best boy electric
Richard Rutkowski .... first assistant camera
Tristan G. Sheridan .... gaffer
Hopper Stone .... still photographer (as Peter Stone)
 
Editorial Department
Seth Anderson .... assistant editor
David Nath .... assistant editor
Leah O'Donnell .... assistant editor
Sam O'Steen .... editorial consultant
Jay Rabinowitz .... additional editor
Shelby Siegel .... conforming editor
Shelby Siegel .... second assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
 
Music Department
Richard Horowitz .... music mixer
Richard Horowitz .... musician: keyboards and percussion
Steven Lippman .... music supervisor
James Nichols .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Van Es Antonio .... body double: Harvey Keitel
Dave Bennett .... accountant
Liz Chae .... production coordinator
Richard Connors .... location advisor
Laurie Gershon .... product placement
Hugo Heppell .... staff: Open City Films
Susan Leber .... production coordinator
Alexa D. O'Brien .... production office coordinator
Monika Petrillo .... script supervisor (as Monika von Manteuffel)
Mark Taylor .... production coordinator
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Denis O'Sullivan .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements
Runtime:
113 min | USA:104 min | Germany:105 min (German version)
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_Harvey Keitel_ was casted as Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979) but was replaced by Martin Sheen after the first week of filming. In "Three Seasons" he sits in a bar called Apocalypse Now (written in the same font as the film).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.See more »
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Forget about MeSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Visually striking tone poem, 3 February 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Director Tony Bui left Vietnam to live in California when he was only two years old, then returned to take a look at postwar Vietnam in 1994. The result was his 1999 film Three Seasons that walked away with a prize for Lisa Rinzler's cinematography as well as the Best Dramatic Picture Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Performed in Vietnamese with Vietnamese actors, Three Seasons is a series of interweaving stories about loss and redemption in the lives of four characters living in Ho Chi Minh City (though the residents apparently still call it Saigon). Its strength lies, not in its plot or characters, but in the stunning images and dreamlike quality that transports the viewer into a world of sensuous music and soft colors where village women sing while they work, harvesting flowers on a lotus lake.

The main and most effective story is about a cyclo driver Hai (Don Duong) who falls in love with a prostitute named Lan (Zoe Bui), He wants to "redeem" her innocence and dutifully waits for her each day as she leaves her hotel. When they go to a hotel together, he pays $50 from the money he won in a cyclo race merely to watch her sleep, a gesture that allows her to experience the feeling of being loved for the first time. The second story is about a young lotus picker Kien An, a female orphan (Ngoc Hiep Nguyen) who befriends her employer, Teacher Dao (Manh Cuong Tran), and lovingly copies his poems that he cannot record himself because of leprosy. This gesture allows both to touch the poetic quality of life, the teacher for perhaps the last time. The other stories involve a five-year old street urchin named Woody (Huu Duoc Nguen) who braves monsoon-like weather to sell trinkets to tourists in order to survive. When the box containing his wares is stolen, he sets out to find it. This brings him in contact with an American, James Hager (Harvey Keitel) in Vietnam to search for the daughter he left behind when the war was over. This last episode is the least developed of the four and Keitel's performance seems listless in spite of the fact that he is Executive Producer of the film. All four stories come together at the end in a way that ties up all loose ends.

Though I am grateful for any look into Vietnam, Three Seasons left me wanting more. It is almost as if Bui was being overly cautious, afraid to say anything about what he saw because of the censors following him around. As a result, his film does not convey a strong sense of time and place, and the neon street signs and glamorous hotels patronized by the rich could be anywhere in the world. Perhaps it is true that the city's culture is being overrun by rampant commercialism, but the director observes this without comment and seems content to offer only a highly romanticized tone poem. Even the city's textures, squalid areas, and chaotic energy are so muted by the use of camera filters that it robs them of their steamy authenticity. Three Seasons is visually striking but left me feeling like a distant observer. I found the characters to be neither fresh nor engaging and the film overly composed, lacking in the poetic vision that turns an average film experience into a great one.

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