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Journey from the Fall (2006)

 -  Drama  -  21 April 2006 (USA)
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Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.

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Ba Noi (Grandmother)
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Long
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Mai
Jayvee Mai The Hiep ...
Thanh
Khanh Doan ...
Nam
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Phuong
Nguyen Thai Nguyen ...
Lai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raul Alba ...
Bully
Robert Beckman ...
Teacher
George Bui ...
Binh
Alex Dorman ...
PE Teacher
Jose Gutierrez ...
Bully
Jiruyut Khieosawat ...
Son
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Net Ngo ...
Grandma on Boat
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Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.

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Rated R for some violence

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21 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jesienna podróz  »

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Budget:

$1,592,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$87,442 (USA) (23 March 2007)

Gross:

$638,951 (USA) (21 September 2007)
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While the Vietnamese who had relocated to Southern California were in an English class, the blackboard read, "Wednesday June 21 1981." June 21, 1981 was a Sunday. See more »

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A breakthrough in so many ways
24 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmmakers are always trying to find ways to innovate, trying to find a new story or way of telling their story that hasn't been done. The great majority fail in this quest, but there are a select few that do manage to change things, or to open a new door.

Journey From The Fall is one such film, a film that tells a story that other filmmakers have not. It is also a gorgeous, meticulous and incredibly moving piece of art. These two things coupled means that this film will hopefully stake a place in the medium, and have a chance to reach a wide audience -- because this is a story that must be heard.

I, myself, am Caucasian, and do not have ancestors that had to bear an inhuman journey in some stagnant, oppressive hold of a boat, crammed in with other families in the faint hopes of escaping the aftermath of the Viet-Nam war. And yet, I was so, so moved by this film. Its ability to connect with the viewer transcends race and history. Knowing that you're watching a true story, knowing that these people and so very many others have gone through what these characters have, I promise, it will rip your heart out.

I think the biggest question we have about prospective movies is, 'why do I want to see this?' to which I'd answer that this is such a huge piece of history that we simply haven't heard a thing about. All those stories about American troops going off to the war, coming home, living with the ghosts of the VC, agent orange, the Khmer Rouge, rejection at home, etc etc... with all of that, we have no idea what happened in that country after we left. It's time to start finding out -- and this film is the first step.

This is truly an achievement of artistic and technical brilliance, and stands out in every category a film can. Bring your tissue, you won't soon forget this.


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