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The Rocket (2013)

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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred ... See full summary »

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... Taitok (as Bunsri Yindi)
... Mali
Karen ... Baby Ahlo
Sitthiphon Disamoe ... Ahlo
Chanthachone Latvongxay ... Market Fish Seller
Sumrit Warin ... Toma
Samnuan Sankote ... Male Relocation Village Official
Jarunun Phantachat ... Female Relocation Village Official
Walter Van Veenendaal ... Angeo Dam Official
Yuttana Muenwaja ... Angry Mob Leader
Chaleam Ratchaborntong ... Thin Man
Wattana Klumkrong ... Elderly Woman
Suthep Po-ngam ... Purple (as Thep Phongam)
... Kia
Sopheng Thammavong ... Market Flower Seller
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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Written by Red Lamp Films

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29 August 2013 (Australia)  »

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AUD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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This movie was banned in Laos. Even though the production crew were closely supervised by Lao government minders and the script was carefully vetted by government censors, certain scenes and dialogue were deemed "too sensitive" for release to the Lao people post production. Some examples are the display of communities being forced from their traditional homes by the flooding of valleys for hydro electric schemes and the comments about the country producing electricity for export whilst an insufficient supply is allowed for domestic consumption. See more »

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Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and Joseph Mims
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Determined or stubborn...you decide!
21 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

"The Rocket" is a very strange film that was made in both Laos and Thailand by an Australian crew. It's an almost fairy tale-like story about a little boy, Ahlo, who is thought to be bad luck. His family is displaced from their village and then bad luck strikes several times. However, instead of feeling sorry for himself, this just makes him more determined throughout the film. Ultimately, there is a rocket contest in a village...and little Ahlo is determined to win even though he's just a kid and the rest of the entries are by adults.

This is a good film because it is so very different. Also, for a kid who looks like he's only about 8 or 9, Sitthiphon Disamoe was awfully good in the lead as Ahlo. Very interesting and a decent film for the family--even with its many references to urine, testicles and the like.


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