After having seen a lot of American films about the Vietnam War, I was interested to check out a Vietnamese film about the same subject. This one didn't live up to my expectations though. 'The long journey', which is the translation of the Vietnamese title, is a road-movie about a former Vietcong soldier who wants to bring the remains of one of his fellow soldiers back to his native village. In a train he hands the bag with the remains over to a girl, a friend of his, and when he misses the train afterwards, the quest for the holy bag begins, leading through the ruined land of Vietnam.
The plot sounds promising, but this film suffers especially from its poor script. Despite its beautiful photography, 'The long journey' fails to be absorbing, so that the sad music score is misplaced.
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