Journey from the Fall R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Imaginasian
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 1,736
Rating: B+ -- noteworthy film provides unforgettable human faces that bring greater awareness about this under reported history Full Review
Old School Reviews
Jul 14, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- A stunningly ambitious Vietnamese-American indie film that aims to wrap up the whole of the Vietnamese experience into a Vietnamese Exodus.
Orlando Sentinel
May 22, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Its sad story is ultimately humane and compelling, thanks to some special faces placed in the saga. Full Review
Houston Chronicle
Apr 1, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- Broad, sweeping melodrama in the Michael Cimino mold. Full Review
Film Freak Central
Jul 4, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- It's to the great credit of Tran and his cast that the movie has such immediacy, gracefulness and power.
Globe and Mail
Aug 17, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- An emotionally moving film that presents the story of the Vietnam War aftermath from the perspective of those who once called themselves Vietnamese. Full Review
Austin Chronicle
May 22, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A story that needed to be told. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Apr 13, 2007

Product Description:

With its harrowing tale of a Vietnamese family's experiences following the fall of Saigon in 1975, JOURNEY FROM THE FALL depicts a side of the Vietnam War that has seldom been depicted on the screen. Foregoing much explanation of the country's political turmoil, director Ham Tran (who also wrote and edited) instead chooses to dwell on the emotionally fertile ground of an anti-communist family's efforts to reunite and find freedom when their homeland becomes uninhabitable.

Imprisoned in a brutal communist re-education camp in 1981, Long (Long Nguyen) must endure brutal beatings and indescribable squalor at the hands of his abductors. Having made the choice several years before to remain in Vietnam and fight, he urged his wife, Mai (Diem Len); mother, Ba Noi (Kieu Chinh); and young son, Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen), to attempt escape by boat. The three endure a torturous journey by sea, finally arriving and setting in Orange County, California. Unsure if she'll ever see her husband again, Mai begins a relationship with Nam (Khanh Doan), the captain who brought her to the U.S. Meanwhile, Lai has difficulty adapting to school, often getting into trouble. Fueled by a furtively received packet of his son's drawings, Long attempts to escape and find his family. Realistic and free of Hollywood sentiment, JOURNEY FROM THE FALL is unflinching in its look at the lives of the "boat people." Tran's use of shifts in time within the narrative (much like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 GRAMS) give the first portion of the film an impressionistic feel, but the strong performances are straightforward and effective in their portrayal of people forced to leave home, only to find that freedom is still rife with restrictions.

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  • Theatrical Release: March 23, 2007
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  • Sales Rank: 4,142
  • UPC: 796019805421
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