Buffalo Boy (2003)

Buffalo Boy


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A teenager coming of age in Vietnam in the '40s is faced with new challenges and troubling news as he asserts his independence in this drama. Kim (Le The Lu) is a 15-year-old living in a rural area where a six-month rainy season causes frequent flooding, threatening the lives of the water buffalo which are crucial to the livelihood of the farmers. Eager to prove himself, Kim is given the important task of leading two buffalo to higher ground by his father Dinh (Nguyen Huu Thanh), but the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Minh Nguyen-Vo, Nam Son
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On DVD: Mar 21, 2006



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Critic Reviews for Buffalo Boy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

If you have ever wondered what the life of a Vietnamese peasant was like in the 1940s, it seems unlikely there will be a lovelier evocation of it than Buffalo Boy.

September 14, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
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Ostensibly a coming-of-age story, this languorous, beautifully shot feature debut from Vietnam tells a deceptively simple tale in a deceptively simple fashion.

Full Review… | March 10, 2005
New York Times
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In a lesser film, the copious floods would signal pat themes of life and renewal, but Nguyen-Vo emphasizes the water's destructive power as well.

Full Review… | June 6, 2006

Austere but beautiful film about the desperately poor in Vietnam during the 1940s.

Full Review… | April 4, 2006

This beautiful film offers a rare, poetic glimpse of life in rural Vietnam during the French occupation.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Full Review… | April 2, 2005
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Buffalo Boy

If you want to see a story about people in Vietnam that doesn't involve the Vietnam war, then here you go. The good parts involve how nice it is to see the landscapes within the wold of water buffalo herders. The music is very nicely done as well. The actors work well in their roles. The bad is that the story is so damn depressing and takes it's time.

Aaron Neuwirth

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