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Three Seasons (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 April 1999 (USA)
An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Bui

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Timothy Linh Bui (story), Tony Bui (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ngoc Hiep Nguyen Ngoc Hiep Nguyen ... Kien An
Ngoc Minh Ngoc Minh ... Truck Driver
Phat Trieu Hoang Phat Trieu Hoang ... Huy, Dao's Headman
Diem Kieu Diem Kieu ... Singing Lotus Woman
Hanh Kieu Hanh Kieu ... Giang
Duong Don ... Hai, Cyclo Driver
Huu Duoc Nguyen Huu Duoc Nguyen ... Woody, Child Street Peddler
Hong Son Le Hong Son Le ... Binh, Cyclo Driver
Ba Quang Nguyen Ba Quang Nguyen ... Don, Cyclo Driver
Huu Su Tran Huu Su Tran ... Ngon, Cyclo Driver
Duc Hung Luong Duc Hung Luong ... Minh, Cyclo Driver
Harvey Keitel ... James Hager
Diep Bui Diep Bui ... Lan the Hooker (as Zoe Bui)
Hoang Trieu Hoang Trieu ... Man Who Chases Lan #1
Tran Long Tran Long ... Man Who Chases Lan #2
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Storyline

An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the soldier took it. Woody hunts for him. A cyclo driver, Hai, gives a ride to Lan, a hotel call girl, and starts waiting for her daily; he falls in love with her and tries to break through her tough veneer. Kien An, a young woman, takes a job harvesting lotuses in the ponds of Teacher Dao, a reclusive man who has leprosy. Her singing awakens him from depression, and he asks her to write down poetry he has composed. The characters' paths cross in small ways, around flowers and kindnesses. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

leprosy | poetry | post war | song | saigon | See All (14) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Vietnam | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tres estaciones See more »

Filming Locations:

Vietnam

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,542, 2 May 1999

Gross USA:

$2,021,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,021,698
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (German)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harvey Keitel was cast as Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979), but was replaced by Martin Sheen after the first week of filming. In this movie, he sits in a bar called "Apocalypse Now" (written in the same font as the film). See more »

Quotes

James Hager: I made many mistakes in my life. That was a long time ago. Have I met the same man I was then? A lot of times past. When a chance comes around to make a wrong a right it's a special thing. But I hoped to make one thing right.
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Don't Forget about Me
Written by Eugene Chrysler
Performed by Eugene Chrysler and his Hillbilly Shake
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Touched my soul.
16 May 1999 | by ebert_jrSee all my reviews

"Three Seasons" has many layers of complexity, yet it's executed in a deceptively simple and poetic fashion which seems to just flow off the screen. Some may find it too long or may perhaps feel the film seems to get lost in all its elegance. However, hang in there, the payoff comes through understanding it in its entirety.

"Three Seasons" is a touching and poignant display of Vietnamese society and the dramatic changes it's going through. The cinematography and direction were beautiful and reminded me a bit of the film "Scent of Green Papaya".

The movie is a collection of at least four different stories, all taking place in Saigon in the present day. Basically, each story is about the struggle to survive, both physically and spiritually in an ever changing and modernized society. Class struggle, the influence from the West (both bad and good), exploitation of children, and corruption of the soul are examined. We are told that like the lotus, some will fall in the mud, and others will fall in a rich pond. "Three Seasons" follows the lives of these flowers and the purity and divinity within them.


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