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Green Dragon (2001)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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In 1975, as the war in Vietnam finally draws to a close, a number of Vietnamese refugees seeking new homes in the United States find themselves housed at the Camp Pendleton Marine base in California, where Sgt. Jim Lance (Patrick Swayze) is put in charge of their care. Lance is a compassionate man who tries to afford the refugees as much dignity and respect as is possible; frustrated by his inability to speak with them directly, Lance strikes up a friendship with Tai (Don Duong), who worked with

PG-13,

Drama

Timothy Linh Bui, Tony Bui

Sep 10, 2002

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An honest, sensitive story from a Vietnamese point of view.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Earnest, unsubtle and Hollywood-predictable, Green Dragon is still a deeply moving effort to put a human face on the travail of thousands of Vietnamese.

July 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Just when the movie seems confident enough to handle subtlety, it dives into soapy bathos.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Plays as hollow catharsis, with lots of tears but very little in the way of insights.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A lyrical, bittersweet film about what could be termed a by-product of battle.

July 19, 2002
New York Post
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Drives for the same kind of bittersweet, conciliatory tone that Three Seasons achieved but loses its way in rhetorical excess and blatant sentimentality.

July 18, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Revisiting the painful aftermath of Vietnam from the perspective of American-bound refugees, Timothy's film is an honorable if not great companion piece to his brother Tony's Three Seasons; both films played at the Sundance Festival dramatic competition

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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One of the best films of Swayze's Career....Not to be missed

March 23, 2005
Moviehole

I've yet to find an actual Vietnam War combat movie actually produced by either the North or South Vietnamese, but at least now we've got something pretty damn close.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film's bathos often overwhelms what could have been a more multifaceted look at this interesting time and place.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

An inspiring and heart-affecting film about the desperate attempts of Vietnamese refugees living in U.S. relocation camps to keep their hopes alive in 1975.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Flawed but worthy look at life in U.S. relocation camps.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A deeply felt and vividly detailed story about newcomers in a strange new world.

July 9, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Although tender and touching, the movie would have benefited from a little more dramatic tension and some more editing.

July 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The somber pacing and lack of dramatic fireworks make Green Dragon seem more like medicine than entertainment.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

In the end, the film feels homogenized and a bit contrived, as if we're looking back at a tattered and ugly past with rose-tinted glasses.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Begins like a docu-drama but builds its multi-character story with a flourish.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

In the telling of a story largely untold, Bui chooses to produce something that is ultimately suspiciously familiar.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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