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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
Hiep Thi Le ...
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, 'Green Dragon' 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 <>

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A story from a war that had been forgotten



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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  »

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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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This film is incredibly touching and unusually poignant.
29 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Ca.) – See all my reviews

I had the great fortune of seeing this film at The Sundance Film Festival. It was worth the trip just to see this film and hear the director speak of his very personal film. He and his brother have created a world that reminds us of the fragility and strength of the human spirit in a sometimes very cruel world. Within the crevices, he shows us a beauty and humanity that I believe exists in everyone. enjoy this film. It is truly a gift.

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