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Director:
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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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Awards:
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Unobtrusive Tony Bui See more (43 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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MPAA:
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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Unobtrusive Tony Bui, 26 May 1999
Author: lou-50 from Houston, Texas

Tony Bui's "Three Seasons" takes place in the teeming nightlife and the majestic hotels and the open marketplace and squalor of modern day Saigon. It is symbolically a film about traveling the historical past and present, put together in four uneven vignettes and how the lives of five people crisscross each other. Bui is not obtrusive and so his film is gentle and sweet and he lets his actors play out their roles with naturalness and grace. The gentleness of this film can be both its strength and weakness, because you leave thinking about discrete images beautifully photographed but you don't really have a sense of what Bui was trying to say. The image of sweat running down the face of cyclo drivers and the red abrasions on naked skin across the woman's back caused by a spoon are just two examples. Also, unlike Western soap opera, he isn't here to manipulate. Take the old man, Master Dao and his terribly scarred up face and amputations. Dao could have been afflicted by the after effects of napalm or a land mine explosion but, no, he has an old-fashioned affliction, leprosy. There is no post-Vietnam hate in Bui. The spirited cycle race through the streets of Saigon descends upon us without much buildup nor dramatics. We don't realize the significance of Hai winning this race till we see what he does with his winnings. Perhaps the few times Bui decides he needs to make an explicit statement, he does so with subtlety: the plastic lotus flowers which outsell the naturally grown ones, the opulent, newer hotels rising in Saigon turning the society into truly haves and have nots (what Bui calls the people of shadows), and the hardworking cyclo driver straining to move his vehicle as his Western couple occupants chatter oblivious to his struggles. The other weakness of "Three Seasons" is that the four vignettes are so interesting that each could have occupied the entire film. Instead we get incomplete servings from all four and a hunger to know more. Bui spends more time with the cyclo drive and the prostitute and the water lily girl and her poetic master. The story about the street smart little boy, who is forever in the rainy streets looking for his missing case of trinkets to sell and finding both the case and a tender companion in the end, could have stood by itself. Similarly, the Vietnam vet who comes back to find his lost daughter because he has to 'right a wrong' is a beautiful piece that needed more detail than what the film provided. The final scene of "Three Seasons" summarizes this film neatly - the falling crimson pedals from trees lining a boulevard. It is picturesque in its beauty but the meaning of it is more effervescent than lasting.

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