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The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Mùi du du xanh (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 28 January 1994 (USA)
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A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.

Director:

Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)

Writer:

Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nu Yên-Khê Tran Nu Yên-Khê Tran ... Mui Age 20 (as Trân Nu Yên-Khê)
Man San Lu Man San Lu ... Mui Age 10 #orphan # a little girl
Thi Loc Truong Thi Loc Truong ... La mère (as Truong Thi Lôc)
Anh Hoa Nguyen Anh Hoa Nguyen ... La vieille Ti (as Nguyên 'Anh Hoa)
Hoa Hoi Vuong Hoa Hoi Vuong ... Khuyen (as Vuong Hòa Hôi)
Ngoc Trung Tran Ngoc Trung Tran ... Le père
Vantha Talisman Vantha Talisman ... Thu
Keo Souvannavong Keo Souvannavong ... Trung
Van Oanh Nguyen Van Oanh Nguyen ... Mr. Thuan
Gerard Neth Gerard Neth ... Tin
Nhat Do Nhat Do ... Lam
Thi Hai Vo Thi Hai Vo ... La grand-mère
Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen Thi Thanh Tra Nguyen ... Mai
Lam Huy Bui Lam Huy Bui ... Le médecin
Xuan Thu Nguyen Xuan Thu Nguyen ... L'antiquaire
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Storyline

A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his fiancee. The musician fell in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl's life. Written by Zheng Wang <zhwang@das.harvard.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Vietnam

Language:

Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scent of Green Papaya See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,700,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,700,992
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Vietnamese film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It lost to Belle Epoque (1992) from Spain. It was also the first film to be submitted by Vietnam for the award and as of 2017, it is still the only Vietnamese movie ever to be nominated. See more »

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Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Prélude no 23
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Geneviève Ibanez
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Magnificently Filmed With Appealing Female
24 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Even on VHS this looks fantastic, but on the new Blu-Ray, it's just stunning. This is one of the most gorgeous- looking films you'll ever see, extremely aesthetic, with beautiful muted browns and greens.

The closeups of the young girl's cute face, and then later as young woman; the closeups of the insects, the house, food, shrubbery, etc, are all very pretty view. The background noises are unique, too. Much of the time you hear birds or insects; it's quite different.

The drawback to this movie, one that will turn many people off, is the story is extremely slow, one of the slowest-moving films I have ever witnessed....but "Mui," the lead character is so appealing both as a young girl and then young adult that she makes it an involving story.

If you have patience and a love of great visuals, this is a film to treasure.


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