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Film Resource: Áo lụa Hà Đông (The White Silk Dress)

Áo lụa Hà Đông (The White Silk Dress)
Viet Nam, 2007 (142 minutes)

Director: Luu Huynh
Cast: Quoc Khanh, Truong Ngoc Anh
Writer: Luu Huynh
Vietnamese with English subtitles
Spanning the turbulent period from 1954 to 1966, the controversial Áo lụa Hà Đông begins in the picturesque town of Hà Đông just prior to the collapse of French colonial rule. The film follows the kind hunchback Gu (Quoc Khanh) and the beautiful servant girl Dan (Truong Ngoc Anh). After a brief courtship, but without the means to marry, Gu gives his “bride” the precious Áo Dài (national women’s garment in Viet Nam) he’s been carrying since childhood. Betrothed in their own eyes, the couple take flight after the assassination of Gu’s cruel master and start their new life together. Twelve years later, the couple struggle to support their growing family in the southern seaside town of Hối An. Desperate to give her daughters the required Áo Dài to attend school, Dan turns to degrading jobs to earn money to purchase the cloth.
Source: Variety

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