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The Rocket (2013)

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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred ... See full summary »

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Taitok (as Bunsri Yindi)
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Mali
Karen ...
Baby Ahlo
Sitthiphon Disamoe ...
Chanthachone Latvongxay ...
Market Fish Seller
Sumrit Warin ...
Toma
Samnuan Sankote ...
Male Relocation Village Official
Jarunun Phantachat ...
Female Relocation Village Official
Walter Van Veenendaal ...
Angeo Dam Official
Yuttana Muenwaja ...
Angry Mob Leader
Chaleam Ratchaborntong ...
Thin Man
Wattana Klumkrong ...
Elderly Woman
Suthep Po-ngam ...
Purple (as Thep Phongam)
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Kia
Sopheng Thammavong ...
Market Flower Seller
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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Written by Red Lamp Films

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This movie was banned in Laos. Even though the production crew were closely supervised by Lao government minders and the script was carefully vetted by government censors, certain scenes and dialogue were deemed "too sensitive" for release to the Lao people post production. Some examples are the display of communities being forced from their traditional homes by the flooding of valleys for hydro electric schemes and the comments about the country producing electricity for export whilst an insufficient supply is allowed for domestic consumption. See more »

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Forget Bad Luck, This Film Soars
12 January 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Don't be misled by the trailers about a boy that brings bad luck, which is a cheap version of this deep, moving story, set in great native beauty, Laos. This film brings great dignity to the poor of the world. The story is carefully laid into the history of Laos: people who are picking up bombs dropped by Americans, the background of their governing communists, and as a country that sells electricity to their neighbors; but all of this is only in the background. The story is good, gripping, moving, with dramatic turns to move it from act to act. The native actors, and in particular the children, are all perfect. The children demonstrate joy in the midst of being dirty poor. This film truly soars.


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