Green Dragon

Emotional drama, set on a U.S. Marine base serving as a camp for Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon, follows the struggles of immigrants facing an uncertain future in America, the Marine sergeant trying to help them, and the camp’s reclusive cook, who finds an unlikely friend in a young Vietnamese boy. Patrick Swayze, Hiep Thi Le, Forest Whitaker, and Don Duong star. 113 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; “making of” documentary.A little-known aspect of America’s Vietnam War debacle–life in the temporary camps set up in the States for the thousands of refugees who came here after the fall of Saigon in 1975–is the subject of this 113-minute film, released in 2001. Director-cowriter Timothy Linh Bui and his brother, writer-producer Tony Bui, have made a movie that’s obviously very sympathetic to its Vietnamese characters; Green Dragon is also apparently quite realistic, and refreshingly lacking in excessive sentimentality. Much of it is in Vietnamese (with English subtitles, of course); indeed, one senses that nominal top-liners Patrick Swayze and the always-reliable Forest Whitaker are on hand more for their star power than for the importance of their roles. In the end, this is a good story that’s rather well told. The DVD is packed with extras, including director commentary, deleted scenes, trailers, and a behind-the-scenes documentary. –Sam Graham

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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2 Responses to Green Dragon

  1. Solange says:

    2 THUMBS UP….ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE!!!! 0

  2. Linda Linguvic says:

    I applaud the authenticity of this Vietnamese refugee story 0

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