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Pao's Story (2006)
"Chuyen cua Pao" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  28 July 2007 (Japan)
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Set in a breath-taking primitive landscape in the mountainous provinces of Vietnam, the film tells the story of a Hmong tribe girl named Pao. She was raised by her stepmother, for her real ... See full summary »



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Set in a breath-taking primitive landscape in the mountainous provinces of Vietnam, the film tells the story of a Hmong tribe girl named Pao. She was raised by her stepmother, for her real mother left her when she was little. One day, her stepmother dies in an accident, and she begins to track down her birth mother. But her journey turns out to disclose an unsealed sentimental drama of the family in the past. Written by Anonymous

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Won Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography at Vietnam's 2006 National Film Awards (The Golden Kites). See more »

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15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"......'Pao's Story' is a contemplative....coming-of-age tale set among the Hmong people, an ethnic minority indigenous to the mountains of North Vietnam.... told through the eyes of ( Pao, played by) serenely beautiful Do Thi Hai Yen, star of "The Quiet American" and writer/director Ngo's wife....magnificent scenery, colorful costumes and authentically exotic players.....a universal story about letting go of resentments based on childhood memories, as multiple revelations alter her perception of the past..... widescreen vistas and graceful rhythms of a timeless rural existence, shepherded by an especially beautiful woman.....(Ronnie Sheib,

The story floating Chuyen cua Pao (2006)

"Gone with the Wind's Tale" (Story of PAO/Pao 's Story), the protagonist is a girl called drifting. by the time the young mothers abandoned. After drifting grow up and starts a journey in search of his mother, in the process, found floating in her family who were little known secret. As soon as I saw this film, that this is a modern Vietnamese women to explore the social troubles main love film. But in fact, this adaptation of a story based on the true story is depicted more find themselves drifting life in the process. This is a story not so much of the breeze, it is better to say that this is a story about what he wants breeze. Drifting in the family relations are very complex. Stepmother and her brother were released into the custody, because of his father's extramarital affair, drifting blood mother ran away from home. Stepmother suicide after drifting decided to find my natural mother. The announcement followed the cruel truth, the floating home after she wrote a story. Drifting in the eyes of her mother and stepmother were living in suppressing pain and misery of life. Finally they have been released in their own ways. This film's attention to the breeze started shooting the breeze innovative approach with the director's autobiography, totally different from the traditional narrative technique. Vietnamese film "Gone with the Wind story," competition will represent Vietnam in 2007 Oscar for best foreign-language film competition. Vietnamese director of this film directed by Ngo Quang Hai, Vietnam has been awarded the 2005 Golden Kite Film Society Award, the prize for best film. Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and the first appearance on the international scene. "Floating the story of" the beauty and the Vietnamese wilderness ...

Vietnam Nominates Film for Oscar Awards

09/27/2006 - News Vietnam has nominated Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao's Story) for this year's Oscar Awards. Its Cinematography Department is completing formalities to send the film to the American Academy for Best Foreign Language Film after it is screened in some venues in the US. Vietnam is one of the 83 countries invited to send films for the five nominations for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Annual Academy Awards to be held in September next year. Pao's Story, adapted from the short story Tieng Dan Moi Sau Bo Rao Da (The Panpipe's Sound Behind the Stone Fence) by Do Bich Thuy, tells a story of remote ethnic Mong villagers and a young girl named Pao. It features her journey to find the real value of happiness and explores the inner emotions of other ethnic women who live under the pressure of traditional customs. Pao is played by renowned actress Hai Yen, 24, who featured in the international hit The Quiet American based on the book by Graham Greene. Pao's Story won the Vietnam Cinematography Association's Golden Kite Award for the Best Feature Film in 2006. It also won three other awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Cameraman. Source: Voice of Vietnam, Thanh Nien News

Vietnamese film screened in US 31/10/2006 -- 11:08 AM New York (VNA) -

The Vietnamese film "Chuyen Cua Pao" (Pao's Story), directed by Ngo Quang Hai, is on a two-week tour in the US. The film made its debut to a full house at the Columbia University's 300-seat Learner Hall. Hundreds of US and Vietnamese viewers stayed after the show to talk with director Ngo Quang Hai and main actress Hai Yen, expressing their hope to enjoy more Vietnamese films in the US. The film will continue its tour to famous universities such as the Yale, Harvard and Stanford before going to a film festival in Japan.-Enditem

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