Nostalgia for Countryland

Film

Time Out says

With four excellent movies behind him, there's no doubt that Dang Nhat Minh is Vietnam's foremost director and one of the best in South-East Asia as a whole. But this Japanese-financed film about a farm boy's crush on a woman émigrée who revisits her home village in North Vietnam lacks almost all the qualities which have distinguished his early work: it's soft-edged, easily sentimental, poorly acted and full of obvious padding. This is not the first time that money from NHK (Japan's BBC) has thrown a talented director off course, but it's the saddest example of recent years. The single most interesting moment - the young hero's astonishment when he has his first spontaneous orgasm in the fields - was too much for the Vietnamese censor.

Details

Release details

Duration:
116 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Dang Nhat Minh
Screenwriter:
Dang Nhat Minh
Cast:
Ta Ngoc Bao
Thuy Huong
Lê Vân