A handful of stunning shots in this melodrama will leave you dizzy: a farmer
leading an ox through neck-deep water; a group of flaming paper lanterns
floating through the sky. When they sporadically appear during this parable
about a half-Vietnamese, half-white man (Nguyen) who goes through hell to find
his MIA American father (Nolte), it's almost possible to forget the cloying,
clumpy storytelling. Then a plot turn or a line of dialogue drop-kicks you out
of your reverie, and you realize that the intermittent gorgeous visuals are
nothing more than small respites from a ho-hum movie.