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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

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

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)  »

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Gi tis epangelias  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$442,612 (USA) (7 October 2005)
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Steve: [last lines - as Binh is cutting his hair] Now just a trim, Binh.
Binh: Yes.
Steve: What do they call those sticky sweet cakes?
Binh: There a lot of sticky sweet cakes...
Steve: Well I think they're made out of rice.
Binh: [chuckling] They all made of rice.
Steve: Oh. Can you make 'em?
Binh: Yes.
Steve: I'll cut your hair next time.
Binh: [belly chuckle now] Yes...
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Austin Movie Show review
6 August 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

The children of American GI's in Vietnam were treated as second-class citizens – walking symbols of American control, destruction, and occupation. Binh (Damien Nguyen) lives with a foster family, can only eat their leftovers, and longs to find his own family, including the mother who couldn't support him and the American father he never knew. With only a picture of his parents, he leaves the village in search of his roots.

Binh finds his mother (and a young half brother) in Saigon, but after a deadly accident, he and his new brother are forced to flee the city and the country in search of America. Binh endures the purgatory of a Malaysian refugee camp and survives the hell of an illegal slave ship.

His travels are extraordinary and devastating, but the character of Binh is reason enough to see this incomparable epic. He has lived his life as an outcast, full of sorrow and shame. He rarely has the courage to look other people in the eye. But every catastrophic event in his journey brings him strength and courage, so that by the time he finds his father, he's man enough to face him. Or is he?


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