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The Rocket (2013)

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Laos. In a land ravaged by war and exploitation, a boy whose family believe he is cursed must redeem himself by taking part in a dangerous rocket competition.

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Kim Mordaunt

Writer:

Kim Mordaunt
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boonsri Yindee ... Taitok (as Bunsri Yindi)
Alice Keohavong ... Mali
Karen Karen ... Baby Ahlo
Sitthiphon Disamoe Sitthiphon Disamoe ... Ahlo
Chanthachone Latvongxay Chanthachone Latvongxay ... Market Fish Seller
Sumrit Warin Sumrit Warin ... Toma
Samnuan Sankote Samnuan Sankote ... Male Relocation Village Official
Jarunun Phantachat Jarunun Phantachat ... Female Relocation Village Official
Walter Van Veenendaal Walter Van Veenendaal ... Angeo Dam Official
Yuttana Muenwaja Yuttana Muenwaja ... Angry Mob Leader
Chaleam Ratchaborntong Chaleam Ratchaborntong ... Thin Man
Wattana Klumkrong Wattana Klumkrong ... Elderly Woman
Suthep Po-ngam Suthep Po-ngam ... Purple (as Thep Phongam)
Loungnam Kaosainam ... Kia
Sopheng Thammavong 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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The film was conceived by an Australian film crew making a 2007 documentary called Bomb Harvest about Australians helping clear unexploded bombs in Laos. This is explained in a 'Making of' documentary included with the DVD of this film. See more »

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Burn It Down
By The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
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Excellent entertainment
6 April 2013 | by apotter-652-735021See all my reviews

A moving well written tale, well told, with moving performances by all of the mainly amateur cast. An excellent insight to a wonderful country still suffering from the devastation brought about by its proximity to Vietnam. The movies does not descend into sentimentality or the tired over used clichés found in so many of the main stream releases. The child protagonists carry the film along at a pleasing pace and highlight the problems experienced in a battle scared country.The film deserves the accolades it has received to date and I am sure it is due for more critical acclaim. Well worth some of your precious time and the film is good entertainment for the entire family.


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Country:

Australia | Thailand | Laos

Language:

Lao

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,621, 12 January 2014

Gross USA:

$56,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,064
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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