East meets West in the award-winning and critically acclaimed debut feature from director Tony Bui, contrasting the old traditions with modern American influences in the 'new' Vietnam. As young Kien An (Nguyen Ngoc Hiep) is hired to aid a reclusive spiritual master suffering from leprosy, cyclo driver Hai (Don Doung) falls for a prostitute and enters a race to win enough money for one night with her. Meanwhile, across town, street-wise hustler loses his suitcase of cheap tourist trinkets while helping a former G.I. search for the long-lost daughter he’s never met. Through these four ordinary people’s lives, the hopes and fears of a nation pulling itself out of the cultural and human devastation caused by the controversial war are highlighted with luminous warmth and heart-felt understanding in one of the most beautifully photographed movies of recent times.
Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Minh, Phat Trieu Hoang, Diem Kieu, Hanh Kieu, Duong Don, Huu Duoc Nguyen, Hong Son Le, Ba Quang Nguyen, Huu Su Tran, Duc Hung Luong, Harvey Keitel, Diep Bui