Re: Vietnamese films on the American war

Stephen Denney (sdenney@IGC.APC.ORG)
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 22:26:34 -0500

> On BOAT PEOPLE by Ann Hui, most Hong Kong critics have stated that her
> view of Viet Nam is culturally biased. She chooses mainland Chinese actors
> to play bad Vietnamese characters. Stephen Teo's HONG KONG CINEMA: THE EXTRA
> DIMENSION (London: BFI, 1997) is worth consulting here. It is a"1997 film."
> Tony Williams

I recall when the film came out in the early 80s it was criticized by some
because they felt it was too harsh in its portrayal of the post-75 regime
in Vietnam.

I saw the film with a Vietnamese friend who had fled the country by boat
a few years earlier. It may have been inaccurate in some respects and
played up violence too much, but on the other hand it did present a
perspective of life in Vietnam from the viewpoint of people who were
treated badly. The government of Vietnam was more oppressive at that
time than it is now.

- Steve Denney