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Green Dragon (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 11, 2001
DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 10, 2002

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some disturbing situations, nudity and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 55 minutes

Country USA

Studio Franchise Pictures, Rickshaw Filmworks

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Other Titles
• Green Dragon
• Puff the Magic Dragon (1999)
• Untitled Bui Brothers Project (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Marriage, Psychodrama, Culture Clash

Tagline: A story from a war that had been forgotten

Plot: GREEN DRAGON takes place during the close of the Vietnam War, at Camp Pendleton, a US military base in California that was a temporary home to thousands of South Vietnamese refugees. Patrick Swayze plays the concerned commander who befriends English-speaking refugee Tai Tran (Don Duong) and hires him as camp manager. His little nephew Minh (Trung Nguyen) and niece Anh (Jennifer Tran) are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their mother, who was left behind during the evacuation. Fortunately, Minh finds a friend in the camp cook (Forest Whitaker), and together they paint a colorful mural on the kitchen wall. Meanwhile, another refugee, Duc (Billinjer Tran), tries hard to embrace the American way of life, but finds heartbreak when he discovers his lost love (Kathleen Luong) is also at the camp, now the second wife of another man. Time passes and everyone listens to the fall of Saigon over the radio while waiting to be assimilated, like it or not, into their strange new homeland. Directed by Timothy Linh Bui, this is a stately, mournful series of vignettes that brings healing attention to an aspect of the Vietnam War some may have forgotten.

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 Directed by
Timothy Linh Bui
Three Seasons, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Inside Out
 Written by
Timothy Linh Bui
Three Seasons, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Inside Out
Tony Bui
Three Seasons, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards
Patrick Swayze
Donnie Darko, Ghost, Dirty Dancing
Forest Whitaker
Platoon, Panic Room, Phone Booth
Don Duong
We Were Soldiers, Three Seasons
Hiep Thi Le
Cruel Intentions, Heaven & Earth, Dead Men Can't Dance
Kathleen Luong
2 Days in the Valley, Spirits, Missing Brendan
 Music By
Jeff Danna
Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Silent Hill, The Boondock Saints
Mychael Danna
8MM, Girl, Interrupted, The Ice Storm

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