Green Dragon

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  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.1  (1,233)
  • 49

Green Dragon is a 2001 war drama film directed by Timothy Linh Bui and starring Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker, and Duong Don. The movie takes place in 1975, after the fall of Saigon, where thousands of Vietnamese refugees fled their country and were taken to U.S. military camps in the United States. The movie is centered around the experiences of the Vietnamese refugees living in Camp Pendleton, a temporary shelter in California for these refugees who are dealing with the trauma of leaving behind their families, homes, and country. They were now living in a foreign land, experiencing a culture shock, and unsure of what the future holds for them.

The story revolves around the friendships that develop between the refugees, including a young boy named Minh, who is separated from his mother, and the friendly cook from his village, Addie (Patrick Swayze). Addie befriends Minh and becomes a mentor and father figure to him, guiding him, and helping him navigate through the challenges of adapting to his new surroundings. Addie, who is himself dealing with loss and loneliness, forms a bond with the refugees and helps them with their daily needs while also offering them hope and inspiration.

Forest Whitaker plays a former South Vietnamese officer named Jim Lance, who becomes the refugees' counselor and liaison to the military authorities. Despite his own struggles and traumas resulting from his experience fighting the war, Jim empathizes with the refugees and becomes invested in their well-being. He forms relationships with the refugees, learning about their struggles and dreams, and tries to help them in any way he can.

Duong Don plays Tai Tran, a young doctor who escaped from Vietnam, who is traumatized and unable to speak since losing his family in the war. Tai's story is a reminder of the horrors that refugees experienced in Vietnam, and how they were forced to leave everything behind to start anew.

As the film progresses, the refugees begin to form a community, forging a sense of belonging despite feeling disconnected from the world around them. They experience a mixture of hope and fear, wanting to build new lives for themselves while also longing for their homeland and families.

The movie is well-crafted, providing a powerful portrayal of the experiences that Vietnamese refugees faced. The performances by the cast are emotional and touching, showing the audiences the struggles and triumphs of the refugees. The film is an authentic representation of the refugee experience, reflecting the pain of their past and the struggles of starting anew.

In conclusion, Green Dragon is a heartwarming and emotional film that explores the traumatic experiences of Vietnamese refugees during the 1970s. It showcases the hopes, fears, and struggles of the refugees who are forced to start anew, finding a sense of belonging in a foreign land. The poignant performances by Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker, and Duong Don offer a raw and authentic portrayal of the refugee experience.

Green Dragon is a 2002 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 49.

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