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The Buffalo Boy (2004)
"Mùa len trâu" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  23 March 2005 (France)
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Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Lu Le ...
Kim
Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen ...
Ban
Huu Thanh Nguyen ...
Dinh, Kim's Father
Zan Sram Kra ...
Det
Van Be Truong ...
Hai Tich
Anh Hoa Nguyen ...
Ba Hai
Thi Tham Nguyen ...
Ba Tu
Hoang Nhan Vo ...
Lap
Quang Thinh Truong ...
Quang
Van Day Nguyen ...
Xuyen
Kim Long Thach ...
Thanh
Thi Thu Tam Cao ...
Lam
Huu Phuoc Nguyen ...
Thieu
Chau Nguyen ...
Cha Ban
Trung Truc Thach ...
Kim, Age 5
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Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. During the rainy season, there's no grass and the buffalo are starving. Kim volunteers to take the beasts inland to find food. On this coming-of-age journey, Kim sees men mistreat women, men fight with men, and French taxes rob the poor. He works for Lap, a buffalo herder whose past is entangled with Kim's parents, and he makes friends who will lead him to his place in the world. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A subtle poetic of nature, human, life and death
12 September 2006 | by (San Jose) – See all my reviews

I'm so what not a casual film watcher, meaning movie like spider-man or superman or x-man or maybe even Titanic doesn't really score much of impression to me.

This movie, is a somewhat similar to the movie "Legend of the fall" (but of course not that close, but that's the style). The technique of the movie is kind of similar to Green Papaya or "Vertical ray of sun", but it's more on the rural side, more mainstream (a favorite struggle story) rather than a contemporary city life.

And yet, this is one of the rarest Vietnamese movie that truly depict what is the society / life look like in 1930, in its fully details.


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