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Vietnamese Films

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Welcome to our foreign films page, featuring foreign movies in video and DVD format in languages from a host of countries. Note: unless stated otherwise, all videocassettes are in VHS and NTSC format, and all DVDs are for players that support Region 1 encoding (United States and Canada) and are in NTSC format. Check our DVD Compatibility FAQ for more information about region encoding, television formats, and other specifications. If you can't find what you need, please email us.

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The Scent of Green Papaya (OUT OF PRINT)
Tran Anh Hung
A moving and undeniably brilliant film by the talented Vietnamese-exile filmmaker Tran Anh Hung, set in 1951 and centered on a young woman who becomes a servant for a turbulent family. The film follows in exquisitely lyrical detail the quiet beauty and stoically accepted hardships of her life as, ten years later, she starts a love affair with her next employer. Shot entirely on a Paris soundstage, this, says critic Roger Ebert, "is a film to cherish." Videocassette and DVD in Vietnamese with English subtitles; Vietnam/France, 1993, 104 mins.
DVD | $99  


Vietnamese Films


Cyclo (OUT OF PRINT)
Tran Anh Hung
Directed by Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya), this gritty tale of innocence lost in the urban jungle of Vietnam fuses the neorealist style of The Bicycle Thief with the kinetic energy of Taxi Driver. In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, a young cyclo (pedicab driver) transports passengers through the streets, trying to eke out a meager living for his two sisters and elderly grandfather. When his bicycle is stolen by a local gang, he descends into a crime ring led by the charismatic Poet (Tony Leung, Chung King Express, Happy Together), and his older sister turns to prostitution. Vietnamese with English subtitles; Vietnam, 1996, 123 mins.
Videocassette | $39  
DVD | $79  

The Vertical Ray of the Sun (OUT OF PRINT)
Tran Anh Hung
The director of The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo weaves together the stories of three sisters in Hanoi, their relationships, romances, happiness and heartbreak. Patient and lovingly filmed, one of the film's many virtues is a vision of Vietnamese life rarely seen in America. "...a gently knowing look at tradition, ritual, loyalty, and gender roles in contemporary Vietnamese society...The director's attention to detail and gesture is mesmerizing" (Jason Wood, BBC Online). Vietnamese with English subtitles; Vietnam/France/Germany, 2000, 112 mins.
DVD | $79