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The Rebel (2006)

Johnny Nguyen , Dustin Nguyen , Charlie Nguyen  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen, Thanh Van Ngo
  • Directors: Charlie Nguyen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Vietnamese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Vietnamese (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018PH3NS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rebel" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Johnny Tri Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Dustin Tri Nguyen and Asian cinema expert Bey Logan
  • Empty Hand, Noble Heart: An exclusive interview with leading lady Veronica Ngo
  • The Dark Destroyer: An exclusive interview with leading protagonist Dustin Tri Nguyen
  • One Man Army: A martial-arts demonstration by Johnny Tri Nguyen
  • Iron Jacket: A deleted scene from the preview cut of The Rebel
  • An original making-of featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes gallery

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Product Description

Johnny Nguyen (The Protector) stars as an elite double agent tasked with taking down his own country s freedom fighters. But when he meets a beautiful rebel (pop star Thanh Van Ngo), he rethinks his loyalty to the oppressive French regime and fights back against his sadistic captain (Dustin Nguyen, 21 Jump Street).

A fast-paced, beautifully executed film, The Rebel works hard at being an epic martial arts picture set in 1920's French-occupied Vietnam. While that may sound like a bit much, director Truc Charlie Nguyen does a formidable job creating a plausible scenario with some awesome fighting sequences. While not quite epic, the film is spot on as an action thriller. Johnny Tri Nguyen--who was a stunt double in the Spider-Man movies and impressed fans with his performance in The Protector--stars as Le Van Cuong, a deadly double agent who battles both the French and his evil, power hungry boss Sy, played by Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump Street), who we're accustomed to seeing in sympathetic roles. Sy is one of those cinematic creations who is seemingly indestructible. No matter what is thrown at him, he gets right back up to cause more havoc and Dustin Nguyen is up to the task of playing the sadistic part. Ranked as the biggest Vietnamese film when it was released theatrically in 2006, The Rebel delivers meticulous choreographed fight scenes that show off the martial arts skills of the Nguyens (not related), as well as their female lead Veronica Ngo. Like Oxide and Danny Pang's breakthrough 1999 motion picture Bangkok Dangerous, which helped put Thai films on the cinematic map, The Rebel is helping to put the spotlight on Vietnamese films. This DVD includes the original Vietnamese version (with English subtitles) as well as an English version (the bilingual lead actors dubbed their own voices). --Jae-Ha Kim

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a surprisingly good movie! definite must watch! September 24, 2008
By Shiri
first, i mostly watch only chinese movies (about 99% of the time). so grudgingly i borrowed this movie from my brother to watch when i get bored. it's a good thing i wasn't expecting anything out of it.

about 10 minutes into it, i was riveted. the actions (fight scenes) were very solid and the casts were great! i was just going "wow!" whenever the characters fight. it was that good! everyone fought like they all learned martial arts when they were born which makes those scenes that much more convincing!

pay attention to the lead actress; for such a skinny gal, she sure fought with surprising agility and strength. she really impressed me!

the plot, action and storyline flow nicely together. quality of the film is very evident as the story unfolds - everything looked good. if you are a martial arts fan or just love kung fu or action movies, this will leave you satisfied. the story is fast paced so you won't get a chance to get bored! :D

pick this up (especially the new special release by dragon dynasty) and you'll have a great (action) movie on hand! i know i will!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a great martial arts movie, a GREAT MOVIE May 16, 2009
This movie is fantastic. The incredible martial arts choreography and physical talent of the stars is only one facet of a truly multi-dimensional work. In fact, it is extremely deep, and is as much a dramatic historical tragedy as it is a rousing action film.

Most martial arts movies use historical settings as either an excuse to let the kicks fly, or perhaps as a rallying point for historical and national pride. This movie goes far beyond those flimsy constructs. It deeply probes the colonial nightmare of Vietnam: the humiliation of occupation, the way it tears at every level of the social fabric, from city life, to villages, to institutions, to families, and male-female relationships. The way it corrupts the colonizers and the colonized. And the movie shows the true cost of rebellion: that one must be prepared to sacrifice life as one has known it...and the cost of rebellion will be paid by many more people than the individual who chooses to rebel.

The national pain of Vietnam is given no easy catharsis through rebellious violence, either. Indeed, the message of the movie seems to be that for all the physical power of the characters, nothing could change the inevitable grinding of the logic of colonization and conflict that gripped the country. The acts of rebellion the movie depicts certainly lead to more bloodshed, tragedy, and pain than any kind of triumph. The personal redemption of the hero is won through the blood and suffering of those around him.

For those looking for some great fight scenes (as I was when I put it in my player), it certainly doesn't disapoint. The gritty fights remind me of the choreography of Sammo Hung - but with the added flair of the traditional Vietnamese forms, and the high-flying style of the star, Johnny Nguyen.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one of the best action movie in 00s August 30, 2008
By Katz
I first saw this movie at the film festival in LA after overhearing a lot of good reviews from people who saw this film at the previous film festival.

First, you don't really expect anything from the movie made in Vietnam. I've never paid attention to films made in Vietnam. So when I heard that this film was made in Vietnam and it's action movie. I was expecting to be cheap Hong Kong style cinema.

Well, I was wrong.

Good plot. Good story. And fabulous action sequence throughout the movie, including a lot of explosions!

If you like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.... although the story takes place in 1920... you MUST watch this film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dustin Nguyen Plays An Ecellent Villain! May 16, 2009
By Raven34
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I wanted to see this movie for a couple of reasons, I love action movies and I'm a huge fan of Dustin Nguyen. I remember him from his days on 21 Jumpstreet, opposite Johnny Depp(who I also adore). Dustin has generally always played honorable characters. His role in The Rebel as Sy is breath taking to watch. Nguyen gives the character such charisma, unpredictability and sly wit that you almost forget he's the bad guy. Out of all the actors in this movie, I'd say Dustin Nguyen is by far the most enjoyable to watch. He gives a remarkable performance. Even with salt and pepper hair, Mr Nguyen still makes me melt.

The movie is extremely well written and very well acted. There is other eye candy in the movie:Johnny Nguyen(no relation) who plays Sy's rival and the beautiful Veronica Ngo. This movie was an incredible escape for me from the minute it started untl it ended. Do yourself a favor, buy this one. If you rent it, you'll end up buying it. It's THAT GOOD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel delivers! October 30, 2008
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These days I'm more of a skeptic with modern day martial arts releases, as many of them are heavy on guns, light on actual martial arts. The Rebel was a great surprise with a steady stream of fast-paced hand to hand fights, with points for originality in the coreography. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that personally I'm not a fan of a lot of editing during a fight scene. I like to watch the fight straight on, too many cuts take me out of the fight, especially since I'm one who likes to watch the techniques closely. It wasn't a huge problem in The Rebel, but a few times was too much for me. Still, there was enough true martial arts all through the film to make it very much worth it! Decent acting, and an actually good story sealed the deal. I'd recommend it to any martial arts fan!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by Oscar G. Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars love
Two disc DVD, love this movie, came with a poster too
Published 1 month ago by Nicki Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
Great story and action
Published 1 month ago by Christopher D. Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by adrian k. york
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel
The movies is okay, the sound is a little low you have to turn the volume a little high in order to hear it. But the seller send it earlier than I except.
Published 6 months ago by Marian Muhamed
3.0 out of 5 stars slow
this movie was kind of slow, I don't really like slow martial arts, they are boring. I took it out, maybe one day i'll watch it over.
Published 7 months ago by demetrice gause
3.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay!
The Previews I saw of it hooked me into wanting to purchase it I'm 80% African 3% Asian and that 3% Asian is the fact that I'm descendant of the Han Chinese on my paternal side... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Muhammadu Rashid Aliyu
4.0 out of 5 stars Great martial art movie
This movie has Interesting unusual moves that you don't see in others. You don't see a lot of cuts, and the moves look realistic. The quality of the movie is also very good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Timothy Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as crouching tiger hidden dragon
Wonderful acting by both Johnny Tri Nguyen and Veronica Ngo. Very fresh and exciting fight scenes by both w/out the aid of wires. Great story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ema
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Story line was excellent and the action realistic and not over done.
The englis caption was timely and easy to read. I highly recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by johnnie byram
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