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Green Dragon (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 April 2004 (South Korea)
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The story of some Vietnamese refugees as they first arrive at Camp Pendleton in the United States as the Vietnam War ends in 1975.

Director:

Timothy Linh Bui

Writers:

Timothy Linh Bui (screenplay), Timothy Linh Bui (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance
Forest Whitaker ... Addie
Duong Don ... Tai Tran
Hiep Thi Le ... Thuy Hoa
Billinjer C. Tran Billinjer C. Tran ... Duc (as Billinjer Tran)
Kathleen Luong Kathleen Luong ... Second Wife
Phuoc Quan Nguyen Phuoc Quan Nguyen ... Loi
Long Nguyen ... Quang Hai
Catherine Ai Catherine Ai ... Hien
Phu Cuong Phu Cuong ... Old Man
Kieu Chinh ... Kieu
Trung Nguyen Trung Nguyen ... Minh
Jennifer Tran Jennifer Tran ... Anh
Linda Tran Linda Tran ... Thuy Hoa's Sister
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Tuan
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Storyline

A tale about Vietnamese refugees sent to an orientation camp on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California, this movie focuses on a young boy and his sister. Set in 1975, the film chronicles the stories told to the two children by other refugees in the camp and of Tai Tran, who dares to introduce himself to Sergeant Jim Lance. In developing a relationship with Lance, Tran is able to improve conditions and communication for all in the refugee camp. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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A story from a war that had been forgotten

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing situations, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

23 April 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Puff the Magic Dragon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,007, 5 May 2002

Gross USA:

$281,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$281,803
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, Minh (the young boy) walks the length of the darkened Quonset hut. He goes to the end and looks through the set of double doors. The very next scene switches to the exterior. He is now exiting a single door, because he has come out on the side of the building. See more »

Quotes

Addie: [explaining his drawing of a whipped slave] What's wrong, kid? Don't worry, that's not me. That's not me. See, that's an America you don't understand yet. It's bigger than those Sears and Roebuck's catalogs they been giving you, or those movies they're showing you, and your Mighty Mouse comics.
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Crew Morale... Quynh Trinh See more »

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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Part history, part drama, all lackluster, all earnest
13 September 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

Along Southern California's coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, sprawls Camp Pendelton, home to about 50,000 U.S. Marines. Less than an hour's drive to the north, not far from Disneyland, is a Vietnamese enclave of about 200,000 without political boundaries which the road signs call "Little Saigon". "Green Dragon" peers into the lives of a handful of Vietnamese who, in 1975 during the fall of Saigon, occupied a refugee camp at Camp Pendelton and went on to be assimilated into American society and establish communities such as "Little Saigon".

Part history lesson and part drama, "Green Dragon" is sensitive look at a people in flux agonizing over their expatriation and fragmentation while coming to grips with an uncertain future. The film is a somewhat uneven and austere hodgepodge with the look of a low budget indie. However, what it lacks in embellishments it makes up for in nobility of purpose and should be appreciated by those with a special interest in the time and the people involved. (C)


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