• Two morbidly obese women walk by at a supermarket, both in low-cut tops with cleavage; one woman’s top is a spandex tube top revealing the shape of nipples.
  • Two underage girls are forcibly taken off a busload of immigrants by two soldiers; the girls later return covered in debris and crying; rape is implied.

  • A toddler is seen fully naked from the front standing outdoors.
  • Various mentions of “hookers”, “whores” and prostitutes; the main character has to be a prostitute to survive, having sex to earn money and then later bathing herself desperately as she cries alone.

  • A man has sex with a girl; we see him undo his robe, kiss her, and proceed to have sex. He impregnates her, abandoning her to raise the child out of wedlock.
  • Girls have live snakes dropped down their cleavage as a form of torture.
  • A man discusses cutting the “nuts” (penis and testicles) off of a live man before leaving him to die.
  • A girl gets raped. Part of the woman’s breast is shown on one scene. A few sex scenes but not much is shown.
  • A man who committed suicide is seen in his truck fully naked for some reason (this is never explained) and slumped forward in the seat. The seat covers his buttocks and genitals, so only his upper thighs and bare upper torso are seen.

Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


I watched this movie because I was surprised by the Vietnamese woman on the poster of “heaven, earth and man” a long time ago. I thought it was an ordinary story. After watching, I found that this is such a winding and soul stirring classic film.

The director is a westerner, but the film has a strong or weak Buddhist color everywhere. Later, I wikied it. It turns out that although the director grew up in western society, he later turned to Buddhism. No wonder, in English, everything happens for a reason. There is a reason behind everything. In fact, this is also an annotation to the film.

At the beginning of the film, a pair of sunlight shrouded and smoke shrouded pastoral landscape surprised me. It was so beautiful! How beautiful! The picture then unfolds. A small village in southern Vietnam appears in front of us, with simple residents and peaceful mountains and rivers. Everything makes people fall in love, but war makes everything just an appearance of nothingness, and even the appearance of nothingness cannot be maintained. The director doesn’t tell the audience who is right or wrong in the United States and Vietnam. He just tells you the trauma of the war. As the film goes on, the government forces collude with the United States and rely on foreign countries to plunder the people of their own country, so the villagers hate and fear the government forces. However, is the Vietnamese Communist Party the way out? No one can give an answer. Maybe you can believe it, maybe you have to believe it.

Lee’s girlhood was destroyed by a lecherous Vietcong on a rainy night, followed by Lee’s young simplicity and faith. Originally, Lee grew up without worry under the protection of his brother, father and mother. Then, the war came, and all the traditional order changed. At the encouragement of his mother, with the Communist Party of Vietnam’s expedition to the north, his father’s moral education and Buddhist belief could not enlighten and comfort people in such an era, but lay dormant in the depths of his heart. Lee and her mother came to the city and worked as servants in a rich family. There, Lee’s residual girlish feelings and real suffering made her naive to think that her master was her love. Reality once again broke her fantasy. She was politely kicked out of the house with a big stomach and her mother, and her father didn’t want to see her because she was immoral.

In her pain, she found a temporary place to live in another city. She worked hard to shuttle through the flow of soldiers and Vietnamese every day. She sold some cigarettes and wine while quietly selling marijuana. At this time, she has been completely honed into a secular woman by life, skillfully dealing with blackmail and the lust of soldiers. In her eyes, the simplicity and clarity of the country girl had been replaced by hardness and boredom. Until one day, she met a middle-aged American soldier. He gave Lee another possibility and hope for life. The soldier said he was looking for a kind and loyal Oriental woman. Lee went to his home in the United States with him.

At the beginning, in the face of the excessive sufficiency of material life, Lee made up his mind. At this time, the director shows the wealth of the United States from the huge refrigerator, the overhead table, the playful pet dog and the supermarket full of goods.

However, after a brief calm, there is sometimes noise. Do you think you fled the war by fleeing Vietnam. War goes hand in hand. Soldiers still need to kill for the authorities and are tortured by their conscience for their crimes. On the other hand, there is not much allowance left for soldiers. Soldiers are full of despair for life, take destructive ways, and even hurt their loved ones. When he pointed his rifle at Lee’s skull like a broken jar, Lee knew that he was unable to resist the strong and strong him, so he closed his eyes like accepting the arrangement of fate. At this time, the director flashed pictures. All the torture she suffered in those years appeared in front of her eyes. Her father’s belief in Buddhism rooted in her heart when she was a child calmed her down.

After all, the soldiers still couldn’t do it. On the contrary, Lee hugged her husband and cried bitterly with understanding and tolerance. They were deeply trapped in the vortex of life and wanted to escape, but there was no way out.

This kind of life is destined to be narrower and narrower. Lee thought of leaving the soldiers and asked for a divorce. The soldier is very painful and can’t accept this fact. However, he has no power to let himself and his wife return to normal life. He has fallen into the life track set for him by the war and will maintain inertia, so he can’t have a way out. The soldier finally destroyed himself. He committed suicide naked in the car. Maybe he wants to get close to his crime, recover his lost purity and continue to maintain his faith in this way.

Lee had no reason to stay in the United States anymore. She missed her lost relatives. Thirteen years after the Vietnam War, she returned to her hometown with her savings from doing small business. Her mother covered up her huge bed under the surface calm. Only one of the two brothers survived. When he saw Lee, he could not forgive his sister who fled with the enemy. The pain of war is not only the complaint of incomplete limbs, but also a huge hole in people’s heart, which is enough to devour all kindness and even tolerance.

Lee is just a thin and weak country girl. She also has the peace and happiness of pastoral life, and establishes her own moral code based on her father’s love and instruction. She is like the fresh wheat waves in the rural scenery, green and shining. However, after the war, whether government forces, the Vietnamese Communist Party or the US military, they withered the girl quickly, leaving only a devastated heart and no longer firm faith. Leaving Vietnam for the United States seems to be an escape from reality. In fact, she can never escape the shadow of the war. The soldiers put the pressure and pain of the war on her. She saved herself with tolerance and strength, and weakened her faith that never disappeared. Finally, the soldiers couldn’t hold on and died at the gun

The sound announced Lee’s Liberation and the subsequent deeper pain.

From time to time, the film will send out a faint fragrance of Buddhism. At a time when Lee is vulnerable, his father instructs Lee with the elderly’s charity and the most homely words about moral norms and belief in gods, or the kind-hearted Buddha statues in the temple, or in the Christian environment, Lee still looks for his spiritual support from the monks.

The use of light and shadow in the film is in place, and the beautiful scenery at the beginning is enough to be amazing. In the future, there are many small scenes that make people excited, even including Lee’s pain. Lee’s hesitating small scenes are also expressed with a light and sad beauty in the alternation of light and darkness.

The soundtrack is also very beautiful, with a poetic opening and peace. Next, the ups and downs unfold with the plot and move people’s hearts.

The most moving story and the most profound truth often do not need a macro perspective. The macroscopic surface is the disregard of details and indifference to human feelings. The stories of little people are often winding and moving, just like this film. A story written by a person in his life. Can such a story not explain the truth? I haven’t been moved by the film for a long time. Maybe the last time I cried because of the film was four years ago. Now, I can’t help deleting it even when I see half of many films. Today, I was shocked and moved. The story itself is not an ordinary story. The director is also a very talented director. He has many ideas about war, faith and tolerance. Therefore, we have the colorful feeling and the vibration of thinking when we see the film. In short, classic films.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that this film is changed from the real story.

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