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Journey From the Fall (2007)

Journey From the Fall



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

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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 Americans found themselves in great danger. One such man was Long (Long Nguyen), who faced imprisonment in a "re-education camp" for his crimes against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Before he was sent away, Long urged his wife, Mai (Diem Lien), to take their family to America by any means possible, and with Long incarcerated with no hope of escape, Mai, her mother and her young son, Lai (Preston Tri Nguyen), escape Saigon aboard a tiny fishing boat to make the dangerous journey to the United States. Six years later, Mai and her family have settled in Northern California, where they've begun a new life -- one that an older Lai (now played by Nguyen Thai Nguyen) finds profoundly difficult to accept. Journey From the Fall (aka Vuot Song) was written and directed by Ham Tran, who was born in Saigon and emigrated to America with his family in 1982; this was his first feature after a handful of award-wining shorts.more
Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ham Tran
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2007
Box Office: $0.5M
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Kieu Chinh
as Ba Noi (Grandmother)
Cat Ly
as Phuong
Raul Alba
as Bully
Alex Dorman
as PE Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Journey From the Fall

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

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

Audience Reviews for Journey From the Fall

If you like foreign flicks, are interested in history and society, and the Vietnam War, this is a heart breaking story. One has to put up with reading sub titles though, because it's all in Vietnamese.

Emma Collins

This was such a good movie. It was vasty depressing of course and I cried every ten minutes or so, but the story really grabs you from the very beginning.

Thao P

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