Green Dragon


1h 53m 2001

Brief Synopsis

At the end of the Vietnam War, refugee camps were set up across the deserts of the United States to house an exodus of over 100,000 Vietnamese immigrants before and immediately after the fall of Saigon. The tale, set in 1975, tells the struggle that these new Americans face. A young boy, Minh Pham w

Film Details

Also Known As
The, Puff the Magic Dragon
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Period
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Franchise Pictures; Significant Productions
Distribution Company
Silver Nitrate Entertainment; Silver Nitrate Entertainment; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
California, USA; Camp Pendelton, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

At the end of the Vietnam War, refugee camps were set up across the deserts of the United States to house an exodus of over 100,000 Vietnamese immigrants before and immediately after the fall of Saigon. The tale, set in 1975, tells the struggle that these new Americans face. A young boy, Minh Pham who has arrived at Camp Pendleton with his uncle Tai and young sister Anh, constantly wanders the camp searching for his mother who hasn't yet arrived from Vietnam. Through Minh's daily search, we are introduced to a kaleidoscope of characters at the Camp, and through their eyes witness the spirit of immigration, ambition, hope and rebirths; as well as the tragedy of torn families, false expectations and lost identity. A friendship develops between Minh and Addie, an American who volunteers as a cook at the camp. Minh and Addie immediately take a liking to each other, as they share a common interest in drawings and Batman comic books. Without verbally understanding each other, the two have an unusual bond through art, and music, and the common loss of a mother. Another cross-cultural friendship forms when the head of the camp, Sergeant Jim Lance, asks Minh's Uncle Tai, a former translator for the U.S. Army, to be camp manager. As the two work together to make the camp run smoothly by helping the Vietnamese and Americans understand each other, both men deal with their own emotional battle scars left by the war.

Film Details

Also Known As
The, Puff the Magic Dragon
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Period
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Franchise Pictures; Significant Productions
Distribution Company
Silver Nitrate Entertainment; Silver Nitrate Entertainment; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
California, USA; Camp Pendelton, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States January 2001

Released in United States July 19, 2002

Released in United States on Video September 10, 2002

Released in United States Spring May 1, 2002

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 23 - June 16, 2002.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.

Feature directorial debut for music video director Timothy Linh Bui.

Producer Tony Bui made his feature directorial debut with "Three Seasons," the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 23 - June 16, 2002.)

Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.)

Released in United States Spring May 1, 2002

Released in United States July 19, 2002 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video September 10, 2002