Journey From the Fall (2007)



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.
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Kieu Chinh
as Ba Noi (Grandmother)
Cat Ly
as Phuong
Raul Alba
as Bully
George Bui
as Binh
Alex Dorman
as PE Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Journey From the Fall

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Arizona Republic
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Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Washington Post
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It's to the great credit of Tran and his cast that the movie has such immediacy, gracefulness and power.

August 17, 2007
Globe and Mail
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Even when its wires are showing, the movie's soul is always evident.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Boston Globe
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An emotionally intense story of capture, imprisonment, torture and escape.

May 31, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Journey From the Fall

The touching film, Journey From The Fall was able to capture a father's struggle to return to his family and also see how their struggles in America break them.

Kimberly Thach
Kimberly Thach

Between a 7/10 and 8/10. 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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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
Emma Collins

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