At The Height Of Summer (Mùa hè chieu thang dung)

At The Height Of Summer (Mùa hè chieu thang dung) Vietnam (2000) Dir. Trần Anh Hùng Should families communicate more or does being part of a tight knit clan not allow individuals to live their lives for themselves and maybe have the odd secret or two kept from their kin? During a blazing summer in … Continue reading At The Height Of Summer (Mùa hè chieu thang dung)

The Third Wife

The Third Wife Vietnam (2018) Dir. Ash Mayfair For many young women getting married is - or was - a dream, largely for the pomp and ceremony of the wedding process, not to mention be the sole spectacle in their luscious white bridal gown. In other cultures however, marriage is a choice from the hands … Continue reading The Third Wife

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter US (1978) Dir. Michael Cimino The classic film being struck off the “Overdue First Time” watch list is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. One of two epic films about Vietnam released at the end of the 1970’s - Coppola’s bombastic Apocalypse Now being the other - The Deer Hunter won Best … Continue reading The Deer Hunter

The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí)

The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí) Vietnam (2016) Dir. Derek Nguyen First things first, this debut from Vietnamese-American filmmaker Derek Nguyen is not a remake of the steamy 1960/2010 Korean drama(s) of the same name. Instead, it is a deceptive film that runs the gamut of horror/doomed romance tropes and conventions before pulling one final ace … Continue reading The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí)

The Rocket

The Rocket Laos/Australia (2013) Dir. Kim Mordaunt This first fiction feature from Australian documentary filmmaker Kim Mordaunt is also the first film to hail from Laos I’ve seen. The roots of The Rocket can be found in Mordaunt’s 2007 documentary Bomb Harvest, about an Australian bomb disposal expert in Laos trying to clear up unexploded … Continue reading The Rocket

The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke)

The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke) Vietnam (2013) Dir. Quang Dung Nguyen The ocean side Duong Son Tavern run by the bewitching Kieu Thi (Thanh Hang) offers drinks, food and intimate delights to travellers, bandits and officials, except the poor punters are usually killed before they make it past the starters on the menu. Along … Continue reading The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke)