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Daughter from Danang

Daughter from Danang (2004)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 16

An emotionally wrenching portrayal of a family reunion that doesn't turn out as expected.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 6

An emotionally wrenching portrayal of a family reunion that doesn't turn out as expected.



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As the United States began to withdraw from Vietnam, many Vietnamese women who'd borne children fathered by American servicemen feared for the safety of their offspring, as many Vietcong were extremely prejudiced against people of mixed racial heritage. In 1975, an organization called Operation Babylift was created to help mothers in Vietnam find adoptive parents for their children the United States, and Mai Thi Hiep, one such child, found herself relocated to Tennessee at the age of seven. Mai

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (16) | DVD (6)

Stands as a powerful record of a truly historic event in the annals of rap.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This doesn't stand with the great hip-hop documentaries.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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I'm more familiar with Jersey than with Jay-Z, but I found it difficult to watch this concert (shot in 2003) without gaining some appreciation for the rapper's rapid-fire verbal acrobatics.

December 3, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A concert film that captures last year's Garden party along with well-orchestrated, if not especially revealing, behind-the-scenes footage.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A spectacular concert documentary that also gives some fascinating insights into the making of 'The Black Album.'

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A moving and troubling documentary.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

[E]ntertaining, just a wee bit self indulgent, and highly emotional at times, Jay-Z's farewell performance [is] a sensational, if occasionally shallow, concert experience.

August 23, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Verdict
DVD Verdict

A solid concert flick and a surface-deep peek at how the music gets made, but ultimately the final product feels like a well-polished piece of marketing machinery.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

To those of us without any particular axe to grind, Fade is always at least an average music doc, and it occasionally ventures into the realm of 'good.'

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Unless you're a hardcore fan who's never seen the man in concert and really wants to by any means necessary, you'd be better off buying the soundtrack.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

almost sleep inducing, with the star subject (who's about as chatty and revealing as Helen Keller) offering broad platitudes to his collaborators

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

Delves deep into the creative process, unlike almost any film before it, to show where and how producers and rappers come together to make a hit song.

November 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

A precedent-setting concert doc.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

While billed as 'an intimate look' at Jay-Z, the film reveals next to nothing about him beyond the fact that he possesses a formidable ability to spin and remember lengthy rhymes, however vulgar and reductive their content.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although also picturing the well-dressed rhyme merchant backstage and in the studio, the feature is rarely more than a standard concert souvenir.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Daughter from Danang

An Amer-Asian woman travels to Vietnam to meet her long-lost mother.
Aside from a few forays into a discussion of cultural and racial differences -- the Vietnamese family's request for money and the Tennessee family's racism -- there is no discernible difference between this documentary and an episode of Maury Povich. It has all the melodrama of daytime talk with very little of the thematic sophistication one might expect from film, especially a film that won at Sundance.
Also, I found all the characters unlikable. Heidi lacked any characteristic aside from a plastic smile, and the family was all jubilation. And when the Vietnamese family "turned on" Heidi, I failed to sympathize with either party.
Overall, Maury is the same but shorter, so watch it instead; just make sure you don't get a paternity episode instead of a reunion episode.
October 2, 2012
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