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Green Dragon
Green Dragon
Actors: Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker, Duong Don, Hiep Thi Le, Billinjer C. Tran
Director: Timothy Linh Bui
Genres: Drama, Military & War
PG-13     2002     1hr 55min

Vietnamese refugees stay in a refugee camp near Camp Pendleton, California until they can find sponsors and be assimilated into American culture. — Genre: Feature Film-Drama — Rating: PG13 — Release Date: 7-JUN-2005 — Media Ty...  more »


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Actors: Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker, Duong Don, Hiep Thi Le, Billinjer C. Tran
Director: Timothy Linh Bui
Creators: Forest Whitaker, Timothy Linh Bui, Alison Semenza, Andrew Stevens, Elie Samaha, Quynh Trinh, Tony Bui
Genres: Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Drama, Military & War
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/10/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 55min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 11/9/2015...
Excellent story that has had very little exposure and that regards what happened after Saigon fell. We rushed home and resumed lives but the innocent people who flocked to the US to begin new lives where shuffled pillar to post before being allowed to settle in and become "Americans". Actors were all top rate and story very well written!
Jim W. (Bonez) from COVINGTON, WA
Reviewed on 1/6/2011...
An excellent movie if you want to know what happened with the Vietnamese refugees once they reacehed the United States.
Barbara A. from SUN CITY, CA
Reviewed on 8/26/2008...
If you enjoy Vietnam films, this one is one but of a different kind. This is post 1975 when the refugees arrive at Camp Pendleton, California. Patrick Swayze shows his love and understanding for the refugees. Forest Whitaker becomes a child again as he decides he cannot help everyone so he focuses on one lost boy - and brings out the child in himself as well as the laughter in the child. These two actors show the true meaning of "how to get into the character".
Tina O. (Swan) from LEWISTON, ID
Reviewed on 4/7/2008...
I thought it was a very good story. The only thing that I was disappointed about, was that the major stars in the movie were second characters. The Vietamese people were the main characters. There are a lot of subtitles. Took a lot of concentration for me with the subtitles, because of distraction in the house during the movie.

Movie Reviews

Solange | Denver, CO USA | 05/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As the first story ever told on big screen of the antecedent Vietnamese refugees to arrive in the U.S right before the official fall of Saigon, director and script writer, Timothy Linh Bui, depicts the utmost astonishing insights from these refugees' perspective of the aftermath of the Vietnam war: innumerable lives lost, both American and Vietnamese, and families' grievances; the refugees' uncertainty and fear of separation from each other in foreign land, of what the dim future could hold; the struggle with humility as even former doctors and lawyers need to adjust and start all over with lowly manual labor jobs; with hope and determination and family as the only remaining possessions they had to rebuild everything in this new, foreign land.....A movie with different insights that almost any generation or age group can relate to."
Brilliant and Moving
A-Train | Denver, CO United States | 04/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I passed up this movie several times at the video store. Something about the generic title and Patrick Swayze's big mug gracing the cover. I had no idea what I was missing. "Green Dragon" brings to light a piece of lost history--the internment camps of Vietnamese refugees following the Vietnam war. Through the film we meet a variety of characters and their developing relationships with one another. 3 things really make this picture work: the wonderful perfomances, the stunning photography, and the direction from the Bui brothers. Tony and Timothy Bui previously made another wonderful picture called "Three Seasons." "Green Dragon" is as good, if not better. They love these characters, and that's what makes the movie so fulfilling. Extra features on the DVD include an audio commentary, Documentary, 3 trailers (Crouching Tiger, Beijing Bicycle, and Vertical Ray of the Sun), and an essay on the cinematography. If not to own, "Green Dragon" is an absolute must-see for great drama."
Lyrical, touching, tragic and funny - A must-see
T. Lockwood | San Jose, CA USA | 07/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the most meaningful films I've seen in a while, probably because my partner is Vietnamese and this is a slice of his life. What's most interesting, though, is that I liked it a lot more than he did. What he found cloying and sappy, I found touching and sincere. He admits that this is a pretty accurate reflection of "how it was," though.This is the same director that filmed "Three Seasons," and the difference between the two is in the star of the show. In "Three Seasons" the star is the breath-taking Vietnamese landscape - so beautiful! In "Green Dragon" the star(s) are the actors. Patrick Swayze is sort of blah, clearly trying to branch into something un-hollywood. You won't recognize him. Much more interesting was Forest Whitaker, whom I've never liked, (never read as sincere). His part was believable and endearing. Breathtaking was Trung Hieu Nguyen as Minh. He steals the show. Every thought he has appears on his face. You should see this film for him alone.Take Kleenex."