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Daughter from Danang (2002)

Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mai Thi Kim Mai Thi Kim ... Herself
Heidi Neville-Bub Heidi Neville-Bub ... Herself
Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Miller Tom Miller ... Himself
Tran Tuong Nhu Tran Tuong Nhu ... Herself
Mabel Neville Mabel Neville ... Herself
Don Neville Don Neville ... Himself
Royce Hughes Royce Hughes ... Herself
Wanda Hamlett Wanda Hamlett ... Herself
John Bub John Bub ... Himself
Do Huu Vinh Do Huu Vinh ... Himself
Do Trong Tinh Do Trong Tinh ... Himself
Do Thi Thu Hien Do Thi Thu Hien ... Herself
Do Thi Hong Lien Do Thi Hong Lien ... Herself
Dinh Dung Dinh Dung ... Himself
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Storyline

In 1975, as the Vietnam War was ending, thousands of orphans and Amerasian children were brought to the United States as part of "Operation Babylift." Daughter from Danang tells the dramatic story of one of these children, Heidi Bub (a.k.a. Mai Thi Hiep), and her Vietnamese mother, Mai Thi Kim, separated at the war's end and reunited 22 years later. Heidi, now living in Tennessee - a married woman with kids - had always dreamt of a joyful reunion. When she ventures to Vietnam to meet her mother, she unknowingly embarks on an emotional pilgrimage that spans decades and distance. Unlike most reunion stories that climax with a cliché happy ending, Daughter from Danang is a real-life drama. Journeying from the Vietnam War to Pulaski, Tennessee and back to Vietnam, Daughter from Danang tensely unfolds as cultural differences and the years of separation take their toll in a riveting film about longing and the personal legacy of war. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I kori apo to Danang See more »

Filming Locations:

Da Nang, Vietnam See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Royce Hughes: We made a Southerner out of her really quick as far as that goes.
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Daughter from Danang update
27 December 2007 | by milltomSee all my reviews

It's almost 2008 and Heidi's mother still waits. Heidi may never understand the complicated reasons for the failure of her visit, as expressed so well in various commentaries. She was told her family would expect help, and perhaps if Tran T Nhu (who paid for and planned the trip to visit relatives in Hanoi before Heidi and the film crew asked to come along) had been able to stay with Heidi, there might not have been the breakdown. It certainly wasn't planned. The film followed the unfolding events with honesty. It remains a small slice of the multiple effects and ongoing trauma of war. Maybe Heidi's children will some day want to visit their Viet Nam family, but they too will have to face the cultural divide. With the right background, which Heidi unfortunately lacked, visiting one's Asian relatives becomes a wonderful and enriching experience.


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