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The Rebel (Bilingual) [Import]

Johnny Nguyen , Thanh Van Ngo , Charlie Nguyen    Unrated   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good historical drama, great fight sequences July 1 2009
Despite being shot on a modest budget, The Rebel, a Vietnamese period piece, has an epic feel. Shot on location, the film's plot deals with the political French influence of the 1920's and with a few twists, determines which player is on what side. The story is interesting, but the film's superb fight sequences (by Johnny Tri Nguyen) are the highlight. (Look for a familiar face, new to the role of villain - "yes, it's that guy from 21 Jump Street".) The 2 disc set includes lots of worthwhile extras - interviews, making-of, commentary etc.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a surprisingly good movie! definite must watch! Sept. 24 2008
By Shiri - Published on Amazon.com
first, i mostly watch only chinese movies (about 99% of the time). so grudgingly i borrowed this movie from my brother to watch when i get bored. it's a good thing i wasn't expecting anything out of it.

about 10 minutes into it, i was riveted. the actions (fight scenes) were very solid and the casts were great! i was just going "wow!" whenever the characters fight. it was that good! everyone fought like they all learned martial arts when they were born which makes those scenes that much more convincing!

pay attention to the lead actress; for such a skinny gal, she sure fought with surprising agility and strength. she really impressed me!

the plot, action and storyline flow nicely together. quality of the film is very evident as the story unfolds - everything looked good. if you are a martial arts fan or just love kung fu or action movies, this will leave you satisfied. the story is fast paced so you won't get a chance to get bored! :D

pick this up (especially the new special release by dragon dynasty) and you'll have a great (action) movie on hand! i know i will!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a great martial arts movie, a GREAT MOVIE May 16 2009
By SB - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is fantastic. The incredible martial arts choreography and physical talent of the stars is only one facet of a truly multi-dimensional work. In fact, it is extremely deep, and is as much a dramatic historical tragedy as it is a rousing action film.

Most martial arts movies use historical settings as either an excuse to let the kicks fly, or perhaps as a rallying point for historical and national pride. This movie goes far beyond those flimsy constructs. It deeply probes the colonial nightmare of Vietnam: the humiliation of occupation, the way it tears at every level of the social fabric, from city life, to villages, to institutions, to families, and male-female relationships. The way it corrupts the colonizers and the colonized. And the movie shows the true cost of rebellion: that one must be prepared to sacrifice life as one has known it...and the cost of rebellion will be paid by many more people than the individual who chooses to rebel.

The national pain of Vietnam is given no easy catharsis through rebellious violence, either. Indeed, the message of the movie seems to be that for all the physical power of the characters, nothing could change the inevitable grinding of the logic of colonization and conflict that gripped the country. The acts of rebellion the movie depicts certainly lead to more bloodshed, tragedy, and pain than any kind of triumph. The personal redemption of the hero is won through the blood and suffering of those around him.

For those looking for some great fight scenes (as I was when I put it in my player), it certainly doesn't disapoint. The gritty fights remind me of the choreography of Sammo Hung - but with the added flair of the traditional Vietnamese forms, and the high-flying style of the star, Johnny Nguyen.

The movie also features wonderful period sets, and the lush and beautiful scenery of Vietnam, both of which are characters in and of themselves.

In conclusion, this is an exciting and important film that should appeal to many different audiences, and which provides real insight into both the national identity and historical consciousness of Vietnam, and into the nature and social ramifications of colonization itself.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one of the best action movie in 00s Aug. 30 2008
By Katz - Published on Amazon.com
I first saw this movie at the film festival in LA after overhearing a lot of good reviews from people who saw this film at the previous film festival.

First, you don't really expect anything from the movie made in Vietnam. I've never paid attention to films made in Vietnam. So when I heard that this film was made in Vietnam and it's action movie. I was expecting to be cheap Hong Kong style cinema.

Well, I was wrong.

Good plot. Good story. And fabulous action sequence throughout the movie, including a lot of explosions!

If you like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.... although the story takes place in 1920... you MUST watch this film.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dustin Nguyen Plays An Ecellent Villain! May 16 2009
By Raven34 - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to see this movie for a couple of reasons, I love action movies and I'm a huge fan of Dustin Nguyen. I remember him from his days on 21 Jumpstreet, opposite Johnny Depp(who I also adore). Dustin has generally always played honorable characters. His role in The Rebel as Sy is breath taking to watch. Nguyen gives the character such charisma, unpredictability and sly wit that you almost forget he's the bad guy. Out of all the actors in this movie, I'd say Dustin Nguyen is by far the most enjoyable to watch. He gives a remarkable performance. Even with salt and pepper hair, Mr Nguyen still makes me melt.

The movie is extremely well written and very well acted. There is other eye candy in the movie:Johnny Nguyen(no relation) who plays Sy's rival and the beautiful Veronica Ngo. This movie was an incredible escape for me from the minute it started untl it ended. Do yourself a favor, buy this one. If you rent it, you'll end up buying it. It's THAT GOOD!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel delivers! Oct. 30 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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These days I'm more of a skeptic with modern day martial arts releases, as many of them are heavy on guns, light on actual martial arts. The Rebel was a great surprise with a steady stream of fast-paced hand to hand fights, with points for originality in the coreography. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that personally I'm not a fan of a lot of editing during a fight scene. I like to watch the fight straight on, too many cuts take me out of the fight, especially since I'm one who likes to watch the techniques closely. It wasn't a huge problem in The Rebel, but a few times was too much for me. Still, there was enough true martial arts all through the film to make it very much worth it! Decent acting, and an actually good story sealed the deal. I'd recommend it to any martial arts fan!
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