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Journey from the Fall (2006)

R | | Drama | 21 April 2006 (USA)
Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.


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Credited cast:
Kieu Chinh ... Ba Noi (Grandmother)
Long Nguyen ... Long
Diem Lien ... Mai
Jayvee Mai The Hiep Jayvee Mai The Hiep ... Thanh
Khanh Doan Khanh Doan ... Nam
Cat Ly ... Phuong
Nguyen Thai Nguyen Nguyen Thai Nguyen ... Lai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raul Alba Raul Alba ... Bully
Robert Beckman Robert Beckman ... Teacher
George Bui George Bui ... Binh
Alex Dorman Alex Dorman ... PE Teacher
Alan Vo Ford ... Executive Producer (as Alan Ford)
Jose Gutierrez Jose Gutierrez ... Bully
Jiruyut Khieosawat Jiruyut Khieosawat ... Son
Tere Morris ... Miss Patty


Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence

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Vietnamese | English

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesienna podróz See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Ana, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,397, 25 March 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the Vietnamese who had relocated to Southern California were in an English class, the blackboard read, "Wednesday June 21 1981." June 21, 1981 was a Sunday. See more »


Referenced in Best Worst Movie (2009) See more »

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A moving piece, a story of the will of love and family
25 March 2007 | by VietDoSee all my reviews

First I must add that I am an Vietnamese (American Born) growing up without the strong Vietnamese community ties and a little of the isolation and cruelty depicted in the movie. This movie gave me a visual of some of the stories that my father could not talk too much about and others that I could have never have known about if it weren't for talking to people that I met over the years, who spoke of refugee camps and such. I could identity with at most half of the movie personally... So there is still some objectivity in terms of how I view the quality of the movie. The cinematography was dramatic and you could see the camera work reflected the different times and places vividly. I can only say that you should watch it... as much as you are moved to watch Schindler's list and movies similar (as this movie is commonly compared to for the Vietnamese Diaspora)... this movie takes a single POV of a family and the interactions between people that intertwine. It is a dynamic movie and every actor, how big or small a role, even those of the officer in the camp, are so strong. A conversation between two minor older actors was so touching and helped established the heart of the story. The time line jumps are disorienting, you are caught off guard why some events happen much like a season of Lost, but by now... you know the broad story of the Boat People and the Vietnam War. The movie depicts the time in between that the news doesn't carry and the time jumps help carry the POV of each actors view.

If you go... bring tissues and be prepared to be changed when you leave the theater.

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