The second alumnus, Dustin Nguyen, made his debut at HIFF in 2005 with director Rowan Woods’ film LITTLE FISH. Nguyen wowed the audience with his performance as the junkie turned thug boyfriend opposite Cate Blanchett. Now Nguyen shows his talents as the producer, director, writer, and star in the visually stunning ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM. Master Bao (Nguyen) comes from an army of warrior monks dedicated to protecting the country from its enemies. Unable to return to monastic life, he now spends his days wandering the land looking for deserters. His journey takes him to a village where local thugs are harassing a humble baker, Hien, who won’t sell his shop. He rents a room with Hien, and we discover Bao has a history with Hien’s wife, Anh. Inspired by classic American Westerns, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM is the first sci-fi fantasy from Vietnam.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM Screenings:
Friday, April 4 at 8:30PM – Dole Cannery Theaters
Saturday, April 5 at 12:30PM – Dole Cannery Theaters