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Kit (Henry Golding), a young British Vietnamese man, returns to his birth country for the first time in over 30 years. He was just eight years old when he and his family escaped Saigon as 'boat refugees' during the Vietnam-American war. No longer familiar with this country and unable to speak his native language, Kit embarks on a personal journey from Saigon to Hanoi, in search of a place to scatter his parents' ashes. Along the way he meets his estranged family and falls for Lewis, an American whose father had fought in the war. During his travels, Kit finally starts to connect to the memories of his parents and his own roots.


Critic Reviews for Monsoon

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

  • Not everything in Monsoon is quite as successful as those moments on the train. But overall, this is a fascinating and thoughtful follow-up to Khaou's well-received debut feature, the 2014 Sundance premiere Lilting with Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-pei.

    Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A graceful and truthfully irresolute investigation into the strange, often poignantly unreciprocated relationship that many first- and second-generation emigrants have with the far-off foreign country of the past.

    Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

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  • [Hong] Khaou is a filmmaker who is expert at making it look like nothing at all is happening on-screen, but under the surface the world is churning. That he so elegantly pulls us into this story is a real skill...

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • While Monsoon is pretty to look at, it doesn't make up for the overwhelming familiarity of the narrative.

    Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A well-acted postcard for Vietnam, if ultimately slight to a fault and lacking the emotional thrust of Khaou's debut.

    Oct 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Monsoon feels like a precisely considered expression of the untethered experience of migration.

    Jul 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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