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Journey From the Fall

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Inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon, and those who were forced to stay behind, Journey from the Fall follows one family's struggle for freedom.

April 30, 1975 marked the end of Vietnam's two-decade-old civil war and start of the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees. Despite his allegiance to the toppled South Vietnamese government, Long Nguyen (as Long Nguyen) decides to remain in Vietnam.

Imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp, he urges his family to make the escape by boat without him. His wife Mai (Dien Lien), son Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen) and mother Ba Noi (Kieu Chinh) then embark on the arduous ocean voyage in the hope of reaching the U.S. and freedom.

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 205124050
UPC 796019805421
UPC 14 00796019805421
Format DVD
Release Date 10/30/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Christopher Wong - Original Music By
Dien Lien - Actor
Guillermo Rosas - Cinematographer
Ham Tran - Director
Ham Tran - Writer
Jason Black, et. al. - Producer
Julie Kirkwood - Cinematographer
Kieu Chinh - Actor
Long Nguyen - Actor
Mona Nahm - Production Designer
Nguyen Thai Nguyen - Actor
Tommy Twosons - Production Designer
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review A post-Vietnam War boat people saga is launched to compelling effect in "Journey From the Fall," a sleek U.S. production. Feature bow by Saigon-born, longtime U.S. resident Ham Tran reps a strong entry on a crucial historical topic. Pusan world preem will lead to additional fest berths, but this glossy production deserves to be seen by a wider commercial audience...Press material describes pic as a Vietnamese "Schindler's List," but, though there's no denying the magnitude of events on which film is based, it falls short of any Spielberg-like finesse or grand sweep. Nonetheless, impressive undertaking is frequently enthralling...Perfs are all solid, from more experienced players like Long Nguyen ("Heaven and Earth") and Chinh ("The Joy Luck Club") to singers with no acting chops, like the impressive Lien...Utilizing two lensers, Guillermo Rosas and Julie Kirkwood, for the Thai (repping Vietnam) and Californian locations respectively, pic has two distinct looks. While both styles serve different functions, the work of Rosas ("Before Night Falls") in lush jungle is particularly striking...Christopher Wong's Hollywood-style score is quality stuff but its invasive placement often detracts from a sense of authenticity. All other tech credits are high quality.
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Reviewer Russell Edwards
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review In the 31 years since the fall of Saigon, the plight of Vietnamese refugees has been virtually ignored by American filmmakers, save for Oliver Stone with Heaven & Earth (1993), the concluding chapter in his "Vietnam Trilogy." Now, writer/director Ham Tran rights that wrong with his assured filmmaking debut, the intensely personal and deeply affecting drama Journey From the Fall. Inspired by the incredible, true-life stories of Vietnamese boat people and survivors of the Communist reeducation camps, this sobering and grimly realistic depiction of one family's struggles in the aftermath of the American forces' departure from Vietnam is most impressive for its emotional power and cultural authenticity...If the film's slightly excessive running time, measured pacing, and uniformly solemn tone dissipates its narrative momentum and dramatic energy, Journey From the Fall deserves commendation for its intelligent and nuanced account of the Vietnamese refugee experience. Kudos to Tran and his fine cast, many of whom had never acted before, for making this moving and artfully crafted film.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Quotes
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times A major accomplishment.
Mark Bell, Film Threat ...re-educates as well as entertains, but never takes the easy way out, nor does it preach.
Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times Writer/director Ham Tran achieves the impossible.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter A movingly rendered, stirringly photographed first feature by Ham Tran.
Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio Powerful and unforgettable!

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