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After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American... See more »

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Damien Nguyen ...
Binh
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Ling
Thi Hoa Mai ...
Wa
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Steve
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Captain Oh
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Chingmy
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Snakehead
Xuan Phuc Dins ...
Pham
Thu An Nguyen ...
Old Woman
Ka Duy Pham ...
Cousin 15 years old
Minh Trang Ngo ...
Cousin 14 years old
Dang Quoc Thinh Tran ...
Tam
Thi Kim Xuan Chau ...
Mai
Tang Vu ...
Head Servant
Thu Anh ...
Mrs. Hoa
Duc Thuan Khuong ...
Mrs. Hoa's son
Than Kien Nguyen ...
Riley
Be He ...
Grandfather
Phat Trieu Hoang ...
Captain on Junk
Eric Jimenez ...
Refugee
Mersing Le Guen ...
Refugee (as Mersing Nguyen)
Thi Linh Phoung Nguyen ...
Exquisite
Viet Trang Ha ...
Friend at Tavern
Thi Huong Dung Nguyen ...
Lady Barber
Thi Hong Bui ...
Crippled Woman
Danh Thau Nguyen ...
Passenger
Thi Xuan Thuc Nguyen ...
Begging Woman
Wee Suu Loke ...
Official
Ganrasha Moorthy ...
Officer
Donh Thi Nguyen ...
Interpreter
Minh Quoc Pham ...
Guard #1
Xuan Minh Nguyen ...
Sick Old Man
Damien Hung ...
Eng
Van Hai Nguyen ...
Git Wo
Anh Tan Bui ...
Mother
Vien Toan Le ...
Old Man #1
Chuy Choi Le ...
Middle Aged Man
Ngoc Hanh Tran ...
Thin Man
Phong Ka ...
Angry Young Man
Lam Hoe Nguyen ...
Old Man #2
Ka Ah ...
Plump Man
Yi Long Phan ...
King Man
Ku ...
Soldier
Thi Noh Thu Nguyen ...
Mother #2
Thi Thanh Hsien Nguyen ...
Wife
Hsien Chi Do ...
Hirl in party dress
Thi Hoan Tran ...
Vhi's Mother
Carl Savering ...
Truck driver
Glen Bradford ...
Wayne
Bobby Chinn ...
Bunk Mate
Dong Hoang ...
Player
Jon Katz ...
Man in window
Rafael Foncillas ...
Child in windo #1
Santiago Foncillas ...
Child in window #2
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Griff
Richard Levi ...
Postal Clerk
Phyllis Cicero ...
Receptionist
John Hussey ...
Jerry
Dora Chu ...
Bartender
Victor Macias ...
Mexican man
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Steve's ex-wife
Don McCoy ...
Police officer
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Ranch owner
Stella ...
Steve's dog
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Nengshia Ly ...
Bar Patron
Rebecca Beazley ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Devin Carbaugh ...
Yuppie (uncredited)
Genese Davis ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Gordon Gekko (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Terry Boyd Gamble ...
NYC Yuppie (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hans Petter Moland

Written by

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Sabina Murray ... (story) and
Lingard Jervey ... (story)
 
Sabina Murray ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Tomas Backström ... producer
Knud Bjørne-Larsen ... financial producer (as Knud Bjørne Larsen)
Petter J. Borgli ... producer
Kim Davis ... line producer: Texas
Callum Greene ... line producer: New York
Jon Katz ... co-producer
Terrence Malick ... producer
Sam Nazarian ... executive producer
Edward R. Pressman ... producer
Nicholas Simon ... line producer: Vietnam
Thi Bich Ngoc Tran ... assistant line producer (as Tran Thi Bich Ngoc)
Gregory G. Woertz ... executive producer (as Gregory Woertz)
Jan Økern ... executive producer

Music by

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Zbigniew Preisner

Cinematography by

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Stuart Dryburgh

Film Editing by

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Wibecke Rønseth

Editorial Department

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Kristoffer Archetti ... assistant editor
Vidar Flataukan ... assistant editor
Ove-Kenneth Nilsen ... assistant editor
Motassem Younes ... on-line editor

Casting By

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Avy Kaufman
Hoa Anh Tran

Production Design by

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Karl Júlíusson

Set Decoration by

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William A. Cimino

Costume Design by

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Anne Pedersen

Makeup Department

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Brian Abbott ... assistant hair stylist: New York / makeup artist: New York
Kalen Hoyle ... makeup artist: Texas
Eva Rygh ... makeup designer
Leo Won ... key hair stylist: New York / key makeup artist: New York

Production Management

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Marina Grana ... production manager: Vietnam (as Marina Vivian Smith)
Anthony Katagas ... production manager: New York
Tove Kløvvik ... unit production manager
Jennifer Wyatt-Beasley ... unit production manager: Dallas (as Jennifer Beasley)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dominique Delany ... first assistant director
Helga Høegh-Krohn ... assistant director
Vince P. Maggio ... first assistant director: New York
Jean-Luc Olivier ... first assistant director
Doug Silver ... second second assistant director: Texas

Art Department

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Eric Dean ... art department coordinator: New York
Gretchen Goetz ... set decorator: Texas
Jason Hammond ... property master
Lynne Moon ... art director: Texas
Michael E. Wilks ... lead man: Dallas (as Michael Wilks)

Sound Department

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Kim Dalum ... production sound mixer
Sturla Einarson ... sound designer
Petter Fladeby ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Per Christian Grimsgaard ... sound editor
Richard Hocks ... sound stage engineer
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Svenn Jakobsen ... sound editor (as Svenn Jakobsen Dahle)
Toby Price ... sound editor
Anna Rieke ... sound mixer: New York
Espen Rønning ... sound editor
Richard Sveen ... foley artist / sound editor
Erik S. Watland ... dialogue editor
Chris Sturmer ... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Gudmundur Gunnarsson ... visual effects supervisor
Stian Kjørsvik ... visual effects
Jan Martin Vågen ... visual effects
Chris Wallace ... HD colourist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Philip J. Borgli ... assistant camera: Vietnam
Cheryl Clarson ... best boy electric
Peter Clarson ... gaffer: Texas
Victoria de Berry ... second assistant camera
Patrick R. Heffernan ... local key grip
Brenden Holster ... first assistant camera: Vietnam
John Johns ... 24 frame video operator
Michael Lougheed ... best boy: Vietnam (as Mike Lougheed)
Rittikorn Manonom ... second assistant camera
Roland Neveu ... still photographer
Sean O'Neill ... gaffer: Vietnam
Andrew Redd ... grip
Tony Slack ... electrician: Vietnam
John Patrick Smith ... first assistant camera
Angelo Louis Suasnovar Jr. ... key grip: Texas
D. Van Gramberg ... key grip: Vietnam
Jason Vigue ... video assist operator
Mark Waggy ... still photographer: Texas

Casting Department

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Toni Cobb Brock ... local extras casting
Byron Crystal ... background casting: New York
Kevin Howard ... location casting
Annie Hedgpeth ... local extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Diane Kearney ... set costumer
Eden Miller ... assistant costume designer: New York
Luca Mosca ... costume designer: New York

Location Management

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Richard Connors ... location advisor
Suzanne Koneful ... assistant location manager
Francis McIntyre ... location manager: Texas
Bo Svensson ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Beth Rosenblatt ... music consultant

Transportation Department

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David Beard ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Sing Allan ... medical doctor
Lylie Almeida ... accountant (as Lylie Almedia)
Michael Barnes ... financial legal services
Laura Compston ... accountant
Noreen Dimster-Denk ... production assistant (as Noreen Perez)
Larry Gross ... screenplay by
Salma Reiermark Karoliussen ... production coordinator (as Salma Reiermark)
Gary Kauffman ... legal counsel
Amber Kelley ... assistant production coordinator: Texas
Aslaug Konradsdottir ... script supervisor
Justin Leger ... technical consultant
Brendan MacDevette ... production assistant
Terrence Malick ... idea
Phillip Montgomery ... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Mark Robinson ... key set production assistant: Texas
Mira Shin ... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Kelli Grace Taylor ... production coordinator: Texas
Matt Tromans ... assistant: Nick Nolte
Daniel Wagner ... post delivery supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

One of the consequences of the U.S.-Viet Nam war was the children of G.I.s by their Viet Namese wives and lovers. For years, women who were involved with U.S. soldiers were social outcasts, treated as collaborators while their children, even when living with grandparents, endured taunts and abuse. This is the story of one such child, Binh, being forced from his village at seventeen years, going to Saigon to find his mother, then trying to escape to the U.S. with his much younger half-brother, Tam, in 1990. The film lingers on the rigors of the voyage: the sampan, the Malaysian detention camps, the illegal refugee ship, and the underground economy with near-slavery in New York City. It then opens up when Binh leaves New York for Houston to find his father. Written by Maple-2

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Also Known As
  • Un lugar maravilloso (Spain)
  • Una nueva vida (Chile)
  • Una vida nueva (Mexico)
  • Gi tis epangelias (Greece)
  • Uma Vida Nova (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 137 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Movie stars two Hulk film alums. Nick Nolte performing in Hulk and Tim Roth from The Incredible Hulk See more »
Goofs In some scenes, the upper part of the hull is painted white. In others, it is black. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006). See more »
Quotes Binh: How long you blind?
Steve: A long time. I worked in a storage facility in Saigon. I thought it was a crate of beer. Turned out to be explosives.
Binh: You're still alive...
Steve: Yeah, that's what they said. One minute I'm in Saigon, the next I'm in a hospital in Maryland, and six months had passed. Woke up, couldn't see, didn't know where I was. Some assholes tell me I'm lucky.
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