Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Rebel (2006)

The Rebel (2006)

March 5th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

The Rebel is billed as the most expensive Vietnamese film ever made. Its an action epic set in the colonial period of the 1920's. The story follows a young Vietnamese member of the colonial secret service (Johnny Nguyen) and his efforts against pro-independence gorilla fighters. Eventually it becomes obvious to him that he is on the wrong side and what follows is a mixture of spies, action and drama.

The Rebel is one of the very few Vietnamese films to receive any kind of commercial release in the United States, in this case by focusing on the action elements for its marketing. It still stands as one of the most popular contemporary domestic films of Vietnam and deserves recognition for setting lofty goals with its production that are by and large achieved.

Vietnam, Director Truc 'Charlie' Nguyen, Cast Johnny Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen and Thanh Van Ngo, 104 minutes, in Vietnamese with English subtitles.

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