Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Vietnam, 2005 (110 min)
Vietnamese with English subtitles
Director: Bui Thac Chuyen
Cast: Tran Huu Phuc, Hanh Thuy, My Uyen, Ngoc Phuong
Itâ€™s post 1975 Viet Nam and Tai is one of the many southern Vietnamese soldiers that are being relocated after the war. The land he is given is next to a minefield that hasnâ€™t been cleared yet. Because he is a former southern soldier he is denied normal work. Tai befriends a northern soldier who defuses mines and gathers abandoned barbed wire to pay for his alcohol. This soldier teaches Tai how to clear landmines. In addition to Taiâ€™s challenges with making a living, he married during the war and now has two wives. Both his way of making a living and his personal life are in violation of the law and we get to see if Tai will find a way to correct his life.
The screenplay is based upon the life story of Ngo Duc Nhat who cleared more than 2,000 landmines in a field where even seasoned mine removing crews suffered heavy casualties.