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Once Upon a Time in Vietnam (2013)

Lua Phat (original title)
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Assigned to protect a small town in Vietnam, Dao arrives to fight against the crime boss; but soon his past catches up with him, threatening to destroy the cherished village.


Dustin Nguyen


Dustin Nguyen (screenplay)





Credited cast:
Dustin Nguyen ... Master Dao
Veronica Ngo ... Anh (as Thanh Van Ngo)
Roger Yuan ... General Long
Thai Hoa Thai Hoa ... Hien
Ngoc Diep Ngoc Diep ... Van
Hieu Hien Hieu Hien ... Huy
Phi Thanh Van Phi Thanh Van ... Lan
Van Hai Bui Van Hai Bui ... Deserter
Nguyen Hau Nguyen Hau ... Tai Xe Gia
Quang Minh Do Quang Minh Do ... Bartender
Jason Ninh Cao ... Nguoi Chi Huy
Hoang Phuc Nguyen Hoang Phuc Nguyen ... General Long (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bui Minh An Bui Minh An ... Dam Thuoc Ha Cua Tinh
Phuc An Phuc An ... Cac Co Gai Quan Anh Trang
Duong Bao Anh Duong Bao Anh ... Cao Thu Nam 2


While on a mission to retrieve fugitives in Vietnam, Dao, a commander in the Emperor's army, finds himself in the middle of a deadly conflict raging between a tyrannical crime boss, and the peaceful town that he has under his thumb. But when Dao realizes that Ahn, the beautiful monk warrior who fled the Emperor's army is living a secretive new life there, Dao must choose between upholding his oath to the Emperor, and fighting to preserve Ahn's cherished town. Written by Grindstone Entertainment Group, LLC.

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Got fire, got stove but not enough meat
17 February 2019 | by phanthingaSee all my reviews

On the surface Once Upon A Time In Vietnam is a big milestone in Vietnam for the post apocalyptic genre but on the technical aspect like directing and writing it a incredibly shallow movie to the point that I don't think no one will want to watch again. Both Dustin Nguyen and Veronica Ngo are two of the best action star from Vietnam and to see them on the same movie after The Rebel sound like a match make in heaven so at first I'm very forgiving with the cliché story " A nobody bring piece back to town" but as soon as it shift into a boring love triangle story and later on a complete mess with another guy who want a piece of Thanh Van ass all my hope for this movie to be just a fun and mindless action movie is gone. The action is actually very good if you got cat eyes because honestly for a movie with the only redeeming quality is the action like Once Upon A Time In Vietnam when something exciting happened the movie look so badly lit that you can't even see what going on and that maybe the biggest flaw that I can find out of this movie

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Release Date:

22 August 2013 (Vietnam) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam See more »


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VND20,000,000,000 (estimated)
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