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Three Seasons Review


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The worst thing about Asian cinema is when the characters inevitably start singing to themselves. Three Seasons has a lot of singing, compounded by a lot of talking about flowers, which is the only thing imaginably worse than the singing. To be sure, this intertwining tale (the first Vietnamese production since forever) has moments of haunting beauty, most notably the final image -- which also serves as the poster and video box -- but those are few and far between. Most of the time we're stuck in dreary Ho Chi Minh city in the rain and mud. And that movie, I've already seen.

Green Dragon Review


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The Vietnam War is a time and place most people have chosen either to forget or to ignore as a culturally significant event in American history. Following the days and weeks after the fall of Saigon in 1975, America took upon itself the role of big brother in welcoming the mass exodus of refugees streaming from that chaotic country into its arms. Green Dragon recounts the tale of those Vietnamese refugees' arrival in America and tackles their internal struggles in leaving behind both their beloved country and family members and facing the unknown future in an alien land.

Helming the project are brothers Timothy Lihn Bui (director/screenwriter) and Tony Bui (story/producer), previously responsible for the Harvey Keitel film Three Seasons. For Green Dragon, the film uses a refugee camp as purgatory for the Vietnamese people and constructs a vivid backdrop for examining the attitudes and actions of a displaced people forging new lives.

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Three Seasons Review


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For a California-raised auteur barely out of film schoolwho hadn't set foot in his birth nation of Vietnam since age 2, writer-directorTonyBui has a remarkable, native sense of the difficult,day-to-day existence of Saigon's lower caste.

His Sundance-sweeping feature debut "Three Seasons"-- which took home the Grand Jury, cinematography and audience awards fromPark City this year -- juggles a trio of deeply affecting stories, ladenwith powerful symbols of this nation's asymmetrical modernization and isrefreshingly devoid of war references and Western perspective.

Bui uses the region's three weather cycles -- dry, wetand growth -- as backdrops for his stories, each of which represent a partof part of contemporary Vietnam's soul.

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