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Journey From the Fall

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(Foreign/Drama) April 30 1975: the Fall of Saigon. American troops withdraw from Vietnam and the 21-year civil war is at an end. Four million Vietnamese are dead. Half a million South Vietnamese who fought with the Americans or worked in the government are sent to re-education camps. Close to two million Vietnamese flee by boat but before they reach safety thousands of them will die. From the jungles of Vietnam to the streets of Southern California Journey From the Fall tells the untold story of what happened to millions of Vietnamese in the aftermath of the war.System Requirements:Run Time: 135 minutes Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 796019805421 Manufacturer No: 80542

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  • Actors: Kieu Chinh, Long Nguyen, Diem Lien, Jayvee Mai The Hiep, Khanh Doan
  • Directors: Ham Tran
  • Writers: Ham Tran, Lam Nguyen
  • Producers: Ham Tran, Alan Ford, Angela Sostre, Jason Black, Lam Nguyen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Imaginasian
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U788WU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Journey From the Fall" on IMDb

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When the credits run at the end of this film, director and writer Ham Tran (a graduate of UCLA 's film school) dedicates his wrenching drama to the millions of ordinary citizens who fled Vietnam on boats (the "boat people") or who, having stayed behind out of loyalty to their country, were subjected to horrific "re-education" camps because they dared to oppose the "revolution." The story begins with the fall of Vietnam to the communists on April 30, 1975, and ends in Orange County, California in 1981. Tran follows the harrowing fate and fortunes of one family (and in various sub-plots their friends). The father, Long, is imprisoned in successive re-education camps. He insists that his wife, mother, and son flee on the overcrowded, rickety boats. And so a deeply loving family is rent asunder. The communists in their brutality, observes the grandmother, "have lost their humanity." I won't spoil the film by revealing what happens to the family, only to say that the challenge of immigrating to the US is as arduous as surviving as a refugee. The film has won awards at sixteen film festivals. In Vietnamese with English subtitles.
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Directed and written by Ham Tran, "Journey from the Fall," is a very emotional film. The films narrative is based on fictional characters, but in a sense these characters are representative of the millions of South Vietnamese who were displaced, forced to leave their country, or sent to re-education camps after the fall of Saigon. The film reminded me in many ways of "The Killing Fields" starring the late Haing S. Ngor. And while "The Killing Fields" dealt with Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, it has much in common with the film "Journey from the Fall," in that it deals with the aftermath of Americas absence from Southeast Asia, and what befell those who were left behind. In this particular film, the director weaves three main narratives into the film.

One of these narratives revolves around the father Long (Long Nguyen). It is April 1975, and the North Vietnamese have nearly conquered the South. However, Long believes it is his duty to continue fighting for Saigon until the very end. He tells his wife Mai (Diem Lien) that he must remain behind to carry on the fight, while imploring her to leave for America with their young son Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen) and the grandmother Ba Noi (Keiu Chinh). I found the fathers narrative to be the most fascinating in the film. As the film moves forward, the viewer is witness to the infamous RE-EDUCATION camps that were so prominent with communist regimes. Those who fought in the former government are considered traitors, and as such, they MUST be re-educated along communist dogma---before they are allowed to fit into the new social order of the now reunified country.
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When I was a 2nd Grader, around 1979 at Ruby Drive elementary school in Fullerton, CA, we had a sudden influx of Vietnamese refugees at my school. I was assigned a girl my own age, to help teach her English, play with her and generally make her life a little easier while transitioning to her new country. We were friends for about a year, until my family moved away and I never saw or heard from her again. I remember my mother telling me to be very nice to her and treat her well because she was a boat person, and that her boat had been attacked by pirates and she had been raped, but I was far too young to really understand what any of that meant. It wasn't until I saw "Journey from the Fall" that I really gained any sort of insight as to what she must have gone through.

Opening a window into someone else's experiences is one of the great gifts of film, and director Ham Tran has proven himself to be a virtuoso. The structure of "Journey from the Fall", including multiple time shifts and scene changes, leaves one appropriately disorientated as the characters themselves are. If people are still living or dead, if they have escaped or been captured...this information is put forth in a non-linear order so the confusion and "ah-ha" moments are well balanced. He demands concentration and investigation on the part of the viewer, rather than just feeding the story to a passive audience. One must think about this film, in order to get its full intent.

There is nothing of the beauty of Heaven & Earth, which made full use of the lush Vietnamese landscape. The camera is tight and controlled, and the pictures are realistic and dirty. This is a very human picture.
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This was a very powerful and emotional movie for me due to personal experience. My mom sent me away one of of those boats when I was 14, while my dad was still in re-education camp (translation: hard labor concentration camp). My mom only had enough money for my "ticket" so she and my brothers and sisters all stayed behind. The escape and boat scenes are very similar to what I experienced. I can't say about the re-education camp scenes as I didn't have the privilege of staying in a camp, however I did visit my dad a few times and the depressive atmosphere I remember is very close to what we see in the movie.

The second half of the movie that depicts life in America is very moving for me as well. All boat persons went through those very same experiences: learning a new language, working menial jobs, adjusting to a totally different culture, having chance meetings with people you know from back home, etc.

These chance meetings are more likely than one would think, due to the fact that a large percentage of boat persons eventually migrated to a a few large population centers (Orange County, Houston, etc.). Also since older immigrants never really fit into the new country, they would continue to stay in the immigrant "community" and would always go to the same community events, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

As powerful a film as it is, it could have greatly benefited from a bigger budget. This last note is more of an observation than a criticism.
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