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Buffalo Boy (2004)

Mùa len trâu (original title)
Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have ... See full summary »

Director:

Minh Nguyen-Vo

Writers:

Minh Nguyen-Vo, Nam Son (short stories)
7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Lu Le The Lu Le ... Kim
Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen ... Ban
Huu Thanh Nguyen Huu Thanh Nguyen ... Dinh, Kim's Father
Zan Sram Kra Zan Sram Kra ... Det
Van Be Truong Van Be Truong ... Hai Tich
Anh Hoa Nguyen Anh Hoa Nguyen ... Ba Hai
Thi Tham Nguyen Thi Tham Nguyen ... Ba Tu
Hoang Nhan Vo Hoang Nhan Vo ... Lap
Quang Thinh Truong Quang Thinh Truong ... Quang
Van Day Nguyen Van Day Nguyen ... Xuyen
Kim Long Thach Kim Long Thach ... Thanh
Thi Thu Tam Cao Thi Thu Tam Cao ... Lam
Huu Phuoc Nguyen Huu Phuoc Nguyen ... Thieu
Chau Nguyen Chau Nguyen ... Cha Ban
Trung Truc Thach Trung Truc Thach ... Kim, Age 5
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Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. During the rainy season, there's no grass and the buffalo are starving. Kim volunteers to take the beasts inland to find food. On this coming-of-age journey, Kim sees men mistreat women, men fight with men, and French taxes rob the poor. He works for Lap, a buffalo herder whose past is entangled with Kim's parents, and he makes friends who will lead him to his place in the world. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Vietnam's official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards. See more »

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Overwhelming and Inspiring
19 February 2021 | by agrant-97483See all my reviews

Directed by Nguyen-Vô Nghiem-Minh, Buffalo Bill is a unique film that shows the harsh realities of living in Southeast Asia during rough seasons of flooding. Taking place along the coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, the lesson-enhanced film follows a coming-of-age journey. The film follows Kim, who is 15 years old. Kim's father and step-mother are two buffalo owners who play their lifeline role as they are struggling rice farmers. However, when heavy rain hits their homeland, there is no healthy grass for their buffalo, causing the animals to starve. Kim volunteers to take the animals inland to search for food. On his journey, he witnesses the brutality of others' lives and how the French is further adding to the distress of the impoverished individuals. While struggling to survive in his homeland, dark secrets and tragedy strike Kim as his family's dark past comes to light. While the beginning starts slow, Buffalo Boy is an overwhelming and well-put-together film that shows the themes of life, tradition, and family. In 2006, the movie was declared an official entry from Vietnam in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 78th Academy Awards. Along with the previously mentioned award, the film was also nominated for a Vietnamese Golden Kite Award for Best Feature Film.


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Vietnam | Belgium | France

Language:

Vietnamese

Release Date:

23 March 2005 (France) See more »

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Vietnam

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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