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  • Actors: tran nu yen khe
  • Directors: tran anh hung
  • Language: English, Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDRJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,174 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By A Customer on Jan. 28 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Gauguin might like it.
The modern Vietnamese motion picture equivalent of that painting where Greek patricians are lounging on the divan, eating grapes. OK, the photography is good. But the vivid colors and painstakingly arranged scenes (right off the bat I worried it was just another food movie) don't seem to enhance the story; rather they serve as a substitute- because the story and characters are so uninteresting! Is it that I'm too hooked on sex and exploding helicopters to enjoy such a thoughtful movie? No, there just isn't enough to think about here. And I wonder if this urban Eden is the real Hanoi. The characters don't have to work much (are they all trustfunders?) They're not quite believable in that they seem to be able to squeeze the emotion (be it joie de vivre or pathos) out of every single trivial moment. I find myself feeling inadequate at my inability to get such intense pleasure out of cutting a piece of fruit. I'll continue to browse the positive reviews to learn about what I'm missing, but I have one question for the 5 star folks, "What did you get out of the third viewing of little sister and brother going through their Lou Reed morning exercises?"
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Format: DVD
First off, I just want to say that I am reviewing this in terms of the movie itself, not the DVD. I rented it but my place only has it on VHS. I watched it 5 times during one rent and I just have to review it. I don't know what extras the DVD does or does not have, but this movie is magical.
This has become one of my favorite movies of all time. I have a feeling that it may be too slow and thoughtful for the majority of the American audience, though. I don't see this as a fault of the movie at all. Only a fault in the bright, flashy dazzle, quick edit after quick edit style of tv, movies, sports, and commercials that Americans are surrounded by 24/7. If the picture isn't jumping around and changing every 1.3 seconds, the average American loses interest. Their (our) loss.
Scent Of Green Papaya has been a favorite of mine since I saw it a few years ago, thus when Vertical Ray showed up at the video store I had to rent it. I hate to slight Green Papaya, but now having seen both, this movie is the better of the two.
Vertical Ray is absolutely hypnotic. There are shots in this movie that take my breath away.
tran nu yen khe (Lien) is so sensual, magnetic, and free in this movie that I can't help but fall for her. I thought I fell for her in Green Papaya, but this movie goes way beyond that one. Her emotional range with just facial expressions, not to mention words, is so alluring. She is so perfectly entrancing. It's a strange thing to say, but just she herself...the way she looks at things, talks, and moves... her face... she is a work of art in and of herself. The camera truly loves her. I really can't explain it. She may be the very definition of grace and sensuality.
I don't think there is any lack of movement in this plot or screenplay.
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By A Customer on May 30 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Tran Anh Hung has given us a distinct impression of Vietnam through his films, and that impression is one of sensuality and beauty. Wheras in "The Scent of Green Papaya," the main focus was on nature, here Tran has turned his camera loose on human sensuality, in all its glorious incarnations. It is a dish seasoned with all the right spices, giving us a richly flavored and mystery filled dining experience.
The story revolves around three beautiful sisters of various ages, living together as a family unit. Two sisters are married and one of those has a child. Together with a younger brother, an extended and supportive family unit is formed in Hanoi. As Tran captures the beauty outside of their home, however, he begins to focus on what lies beneath the surface, and what begins as a tiny sprinkle, becomes a steady rain of sensuality.
The outward happiness and tranquility of this extended family belies what Tran shows us, pulling back the curtain slowly to reveal deep secrets and shocking deceptions. Always present, is the sisters' search for the truth regarding the romance of their parents, which is shrouded in mystery.
Ravishingly beautiful Tran Nu Yen Khe portrays the single sister, Lien. She and her 'big brother' have a flirtatious and teasingly erotic relationship that causes many on the streets of Hanoi to believe they are a couple. Only in the final moments of this film will we come to understand a sensual family history is repeating itself.
The lush foilage of Vietnam and the lovely city of Hanoi are wonderfully brought to life by Tran, and an excellent sountrack enhances the unique atmosphere of another impressionistic rendering of a place and its people by one of the great directors.
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By Rheumor on Oct. 20 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Director Anh Hung Tran's third effort is another intoxicating look at post-war Viet Nam that blends modernism and its problems with oriental mysticism and its values. Even on a small screen, the pastel beauty of rural Viet Nam contrasted with the congestion of its urban life make for powerful visual appeal. Speaking of which, the appeal of star Tran Nu Yên-Khê is nothing short of haunting. The plot line is easy enough to follow, and even the subtitles do not detract from the film's flow. I can't wait to watch it again!
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