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Green Dragon (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 April 2004 (South Korea)
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The story of some Vietnamese refugees as they first arrive at Camp Pendleton in the United States as the Vietnam War ends in 1975.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance
Tai Tran
Thuy Hoa
Billinjer C. Tran ...
Duc (as Billinjer Tran)
Kathleen Luong ...
Second Wife
Phuoc Quan Nguyen ...
Quang Hai
Catherine Ai ...
Phu Cuong ...
Old Man
Trung Nguyen ...
Jennifer Tran ...
Linda Tran ...
Thuy Hoa's Sister
Tuan Tran ...


A tale about Vietnamese refugees sent to an orientation camp on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California, this movie focuses on a young boy and his sister. Set in 1975, the film chronicles the stories told to the two children by other refugees in the camp and of Tai Tran, who dares to introduce himself to Sergeant Jim Lance. In developing a relationship with Lance, Tran is able to improve conditions and communication for all in the refugee camp. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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A story from a war that had been forgotten



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing situations, nudity and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

23 April 2004 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Puff the Magic Dragon  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,511, 5 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the beginning of the movie, Minh (the young boy) walks the length of the darkened Quonset hut. He goes to the end and looks through the set of double doors. The very next scene switches to the exterior. He is now exiting a single door, because he has come out on the side of the building. See more »


Addie: [explaining his drawing of a whipped slave] What's wrong, kid? Don't worry, that's not me. That's not me. See, that's an America you don't understand yet. It's bigger than those Sears and Roebuck's catalogs they been giving you, or those movies they're showing you, and your Mighty Mouse comics.
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Crew Morale... Quynh Trinh See more »


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A courageous and beautiful film
2 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film went beyond anything I had ever expected it to be. The acting was incredible, the scenes were moving and the characters memorable and beautiful. I was so happy to see Patrick Swayze back and looking good and of course Forest Whitaker was fabulous. His relationship with the young Mihn was touching. Please, go rent this movie; you won't regret it.


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