Kits family fled Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam when he was 6 years old to escape the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Now he returns for the first time since where he meets Lee, an estranged second cousin, Linh, a Vietnamese student, and Lewis, an American clothing designer. He arranges an online date that turns into something more. Struggling to rediscover the country he never knew, he is able to discover friendship, love, and happiness on his journey.Written by
There are slight similarities between Khaou's experience and Kit's - like Kit's family, Khaou's parents fled South-East Asia when he was young - in their case from Cambodia - and he too grew up in Britain, but he wanted to distance himself a little from the film. "I didn't want to make it so much about me, although I guess it is inevitable it always comes out," he says. "I wanted to hide behind this Vietnamese character, so to speak, and talk about these feeling and issues I've always had about having to flee a war-torn country... and the struggle for a sense of cultural identity," Khaou says. See more »
Uninteresting, unfocused & cowardly
This film tries to tackle big subjects and there were interesting ideas but they all fall flat. It skims the surface and never goes anywhere. The colour palette is good at showing off Vietnam but what's the point when there is only one interesting camera shot? The feeling of being transported to another place should be rife throughout the film but when the main character always magically finds an English speaker wherever he goes that feeling is lost. The subject of meeting someone from the other side of the war is a good subject but after a couple of awkward convo's and a love scene it's over: When I was in the cinema this film got a standing ovation but all those people seemed to hail this as a ground breaking love film, I can only assume this is because the filmed failed at making any of the other subjects interesting or important. Boring, uninteresting, with mediocre acting. I would avoid.
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