The Beautiful Country (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  13 March 2004 (Norway)
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After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damien Nguyen ...
Thi Hoa Mai ...
Captain Oh
Chapman To ...
Xuan Phuc Dins ...
Thu An Nguyen ...
Old Woman
Ka Duy Pham ...
Cousin 15 years old
Minh Trang Ngo ...
Cousin 14 years old
Dang Quoc Thinh Tran ...
Thi Kim Xuan Chau ...
Tang Vu ...
Head Servant
Thu Anh ...
Mrs. Hoa


One of the consequences of the U.S.-Viet Nam war was the children of G.I.s by their Viet Namese wives and lovers. For years, women who were involved with U.S. soldiers were social outcasts, treated as collaborators while their children, even when living with grandparents, endured taunts and abuse. This is the story of one such child, Binh, being forced from his village at seventeen years, going to Saigon to find his mother, then trying to escape to the U.S. with his much younger half-brother, Tam, in 1990. The film lingers on the rigors of the voyage: the sampan, the Malaysian detention camps, the illegal refugee ship, and the underground economy with near-slavery in New York City. It then opens up when Binh leaves New York for Houston to find his father. Written by Maple-2

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An epic story of hope.



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Rated R for some language and a crude sexual reference | See all certifications »


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13 March 2004 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Gi tis epangelias  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,900 (USA) (8 July 2005)


$442,612 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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Although the movie is set in 1990, most cars in the background are newer. See more »


Steve: [about his long lost wife] I never saw someone so beautiful before - in all that ugliness.
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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A movie beyond expectation
26 March 2004 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This movie is not specifically about the Vietnam war, but it gives a good perspective that is not biased in any way. It proves that justice and freedom are not present for all people, only the "lucky" ones. The people that are born in the western world. We take it all for granted what 70% of the population can just envy. It is usually said that if you work hard you will always become something significant. But after watching this movie, I understand that no matter how hard you work, if you are born poor you WILL most likely stay poor. The story follows Binh, a half Vietnamese and half American man. He isnt accepted in society in Vietnam just becasue of this hard fact "he is the enemy" and therefore he is worthless. This has become a major issue in Vietnam after the Vietnam war, but it has never been taken this seriously before. This is a very good movie! I would reccomend everyone to watch this, it gives everyone a humanitarian lesson about how we are all humanbeings no matter where we come from.

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