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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 »


Kim Mordaunt


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


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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Australia | Thailand | Laos



Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rakete See more »

Filming Locations:

Laos See more »


Box Office


AUD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Determined or stubborn...you decide!
21 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee 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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