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Journey From the Fall (2007)

Journey From the Fall


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Ham Tran's ambitious film proves to be extremely powerful due to stunning photography and passionate performances.

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Ham Tran's ambitious film proves to be extremely powerful due to stunning photography and passionate performances.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 1,716


Movie Info

The true story of the Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon -- and those who were forced to stay behind -- sets the stage for this powerful drama from independent filmmaker Ham Tran. On April 30, 1975, American troops finally left Vietnam as they withdrew from the war they decided could not be won. As Saigon fell and the Communist North Vietnamese forces took full control of the nation, many people who fought the Communists alongside the South Vietnamese and the … More

R (for some violence)
Directed By:
Written By:
Ham Tran
In Theaters:
Oct 30, 2007
Box Office:
Imaginasian Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Journey From the Fall

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

It's to the great credit of Tran and his cast that the movie has such immediacy, gracefulness and power.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even when its wires are showing, the movie's soul is always evident.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

An emotionally intense story of capture, imprisonment, torture and escape.

May 31, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A stunningly ambitious Vietnamese-American indie film that aims to wrap up the whole of the Vietnamese experience into a Vietnamese Exodus.

Full Review… | May 22, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A first-rate cast, script, committed director and physical production that burns with authenticity make Journey From the Fall affecting history for all who wish to avoid the doom of forgetting its lesson.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A story that needed to be told.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As a fictional version of historical fact, it artfully tells a story of humanity that will interest anyone who wants to understand what happens in a war zone when the shooting stops.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Jam! Movies

Writer/director Ham Tran sheds light on life in post-Vietnam War, and there are some very strong moments.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

noteworthy film provides unforgettable human faces that bring greater awareness about this under reported history

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Old School Reviews

Broad, sweeping melodrama in the Michael Cimino mold.

Full Review… | July 4, 2007
Film Freak Central

Beautifully photographed and acted, it's a story that sticks with you.

Full Review… | May 31, 2007
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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… | May 22, 2007
Austin Chronicle

An aching look at the rigors experienced by a people denied a true place in the world to call their own.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Slant Magazine

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.

March 23, 2007

Scenes from the Vietnam reeducation camp could have occurred anywhere, but Vietnamese-American audiences will relate especially to this film.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007

Ham Tran's first full-length feature is an intriguing mix of history, moral-values and betrayal.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006

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