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Hoa Binh (1970)

Hoa-Binh (original title)
GP | | Drama | 22 August 1971 (USA)
A small Vietnamese boy grows up during the horrors and hardships of The Vietnam War era.


Raoul Coutard


Raoul Coutard, Françoise Lorrain (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Phi Lan Phi Lan ... Hung
Huynh Cazenas Huynh Cazenas ... Xuan
Le Quynh Le Quynh ... Father
Marcel Lan Phuong Marcel Lan Phuong ... Nam
Bui Thi Thanh Bui Thi Thanh ... Tran Thi Ha
Tran Van Lich Tran Van Lich ... Political Commissioner
Anh Tuan Anh Tuan ... Viet Cong Officer
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... French Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kieu Anh Kieu Anh ... Vietnamese Nurse
Xuan Ha Xuan Ha ... Mother


A small Vietnamese boy grows up during the horrors and hardships of The Vietnam War era.

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Pronounced WHA-BIN...so you won't forget it.




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Someday never comes
23 September 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie does not take sides .Fighting for democracy or communism,it's all the same:children are poor unfortunate victims of man's Madness.

First line:"dad ,what's peace? -Someday,you will find out I've been living in war for 30 years . Last line:What's peace?

Boy:mom,is there a storm brewing? Mom:no more storm over Vietnam;only the sound of planes .

Dad's gone to fight against imperialism and mom stays at home with her two children;soon,she dies of cancer and asks her boy to care care of his little sister.

This is the beginning of an odyssey which recalls sometimes that of the two tragic heroes of the Japanese masterpiece " grave of the fireflies". The brat becomes a paper boy,a shoe-shiner and tries to stay a child in a world gone mad.Some adults are selfish and ruthless ,some others -an European nurse notably-lends a helpful hand .

It seems ,at the end of the movie,that the father has finally understood that a child's smile is worth all the ideological struggles in the world.

Raoul Coutard was a famous N.V. cameraman ;he directed only a handful of movies:this one is certainly the most interesting.

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English | Vietnamese | French

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22 August 1971 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Saigon, Vietnam

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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