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Monsoon (2019)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 November 2020 (USA)
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Kit, a British Vietnamese man, returns to Saigon for the first time in over 30 years, after fleeing during the Vietnam-American War.


Hong Khaou


Hong Khaou
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Golding ... Kit
William Do William Do ... Estate Agent
David Tran ... Lee
Lam Anh Dao Lam Anh Dao ... Lee's Mum
Ho Nhi Ho Nhi ... Katie
Phan Bao Ngoc Phan Bao Ngoc ... Tran (Tour Guide)
Võ Liên Võ Liên ... Plant Shop Seller
Parker Sawyers ... Lewis
Molly Harris ... Linh
Olivia Hearn Olivia Hearn ... Sophie
Sap Bui Sap Bui ... Elderly Woman
Mach Su Mach Su ... Elderly Man
Edouard Leo Edouard Leo ... Stephane
Nguyen Hau Nguyen Hau ... Vietnamese Man
Le Hoang Minh Le Hoang Minh ... Linh's Father


Kits family fled Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam when he was 6 years old to escape the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Now he returns for the first time since where he meets Lee, an estranged second cousin, Linh, a Vietnamese student, and Lewis, an American clothing designer. He arranges an online date that turns into something more. Struggling to rediscover the country he never knew, he is able to discover friendship, love, and happiness on his journey. Written by csbuffs

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Drama | Romance


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There are slight similarities between director Hong Khaou's experience and Kit's - like Kit's family, Khaou's parents fled South-East Asia when he was young - in their case from Cambodia - and he too grew up in Britain, but he wanted to distance himself a little from the film. "I didn't want to make it so much about me, although I guess it is inevitable it always comes out," he says. "I wanted to hide behind this Vietnamese character, so to speak, and talk about these feeling and issues I've always had about having to flee a war-torn country... and the struggle for a sense of cultural identity," Khaou says. See more »

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"For my courageous parents" See more »


I Know What Boys Like
Written by Chris Butler
Performed by Kumi Solo
Produced by Stephane Laporte and Olivier Lamm
Published by Spirit Music Publishing Limited / Spirit One Music / Merovingian Music
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the traffic was interesting
24 January 2021 | by kevin cSee all my reviews

Movie night with Iris.

Director Hong Khaou draws upon his own experiences with this moving tale of a British-Vietnamese man returning to Saigon for the first time in over thirty years to try to find a fitting place to scatter his parents' ashes.

This opens with a beautiful aerial shot showing a road being devoured by a swarm of scooters before a number of cars attempt to struggle their way through. As well as preparing the viewer for the constant soundtrack of Vietnamese traffic, it is an effective metaphor for the protagonist's own struggles. We are taken along on this journey of discovery for Kit as he deals with the emotional turmoil of bereavement at the same time as exploring his own cultural identity, feeling simultaneously like a tourist and someone with roots in a country foreign to him.

Monsoon is not for those with a preference for plot-driven films with mood and emotion very much driving the narrative.

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Release Date:

13 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam See more »


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