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Green Dragon (2001)

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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

Genres:

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:

$19,511, 5 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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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Very nice film.
22 February 2002 | by martay-2See all my reviews

This is a great story told by patient and skilled filmmakers. Tim Bui and his brother Tony Bui ('Three Seasons') know how to make a touching film come alive with great characters and performances. I saw it at Sundance and felt that the performances by Forrest Whitaker and Hiep Thi Lee, and Vietnamese Actor Dong would warrant real attention at least with the Independent Spirit Awards.


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