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Pearls of the Far East (2011)

Ngoc Vien Dong (original title)
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Seven stories about Vietnamese women spanning different generations, exploring their inner lives and forbidden loves.


Cuong Ngo


Matt Guerin (additional screenwriter), Minh Ngoc Nguyen
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Truong Ngoc Anh ... Sac
Kieu Chinh ... Kieu
Kris Duangphung Kris Duangphung ... Brother
Huy Hoang Huy Hoang ... Lan
Anh Hong ... Thiet Tranh
Huy Khanh Huy Khanh ... Nguyen
Richie Kul ... Tan
Leon Le ... Gay fiance
Thai-Hoa Le ... Nam
Diem My Diem My ... Nguyen's Mother
Veronica Ngo ... Sister (as Thanh Van Ngo)
Minh Ngoc Nguyen Minh Ngoc Nguyen ... Mi
Nhu Quynh Nguyen ... Mrs. Da Quy
Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen ... Lan's Mom (as Kieu Trinh)
Phuong Quynh Phuong Quynh ... Tho


The inner lives and forbidden loves of seven Vietnamese women form the beautiful string that runs through director Cuong Ngo's feature film debut, Pearls of the Far East. Adapted from award-winning stories by Minh Ngoc Nguyen, produced by award-winning filmmakers Igor Szczurko & Tom Yarith Ker, Cuong Ngo (pronounced 'Kun Nyo') weaves a vivid, timeless and unforgettable tapestry with characters brought to life by a gorgeous cast of acclaimed talent from Vietnam, US and Canada, including actresses Truong Ngoc Anh (The White Silk Dress, 2006), Nhu Quynh (Vertical Ray of the Sun, 2000), Hong Anh (Moon at the Bottom of the Well, 2009), Ngo Thanh Van (The Clash, 2010, The Rebel, 2007), Minh Ngoc Nguyen (who also wrote the screenplay based on her own stories), and the legendary Kieu Chinh (Joy Luck Club, 1993). The breathtaking images and spectacular landscapes from the north to the south of Vietnam, beautifully lensed by Mikhail Petrenko, show sides of the country distinct from most Western... Written by Matt Guerin

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The beauty of Vietnam is for all to explore
21 November 2011 | by David-Nilsson-13See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this movie yesterday when the directors/producers and other crew had an encore screening, given the amazing success at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Boy, am I happy to have spent the time to do so! This movie tells seven love stories, all in different ways, with different people, and with minimal dialogue. Ultimately, these stories moved me in ways I had not imagined possible by a movie. It is not a regular romantic movie - with its intelligence and beauty, it goes far beyond that.

You are taken across Vietnam getting to know characters in ways we all know ourselves - we all seek out love and we find it in different, surprising ways.

The scenery amazed me like no other move before, given it was all natural, and the score, which was so important for a movie without many spoken words, ended up merging with the characters' movements, smiles, cries, laughs and everything in between, making it a feast for my soul.

You don't need to know the Vietnamese language to watch this movie (I don't) - you need to be human.

Spend a moment to watch it. You will cherish that moment forever. I know I will.

PS: A thank you to the cast and crew is mandatory here. You all did a phenomenal job!

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Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Vietnam) See more »

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Ngọc Viễn Đông See more »

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