PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST
Director Cuong Ngo | Canada/Vietnam | 103 min
Set in the beautiful backdrop of Vietnam’s landscape, seven vignettes tell the stories of six women and one man of different ages and at different stages of their lives. The seemingly unrelated stories are strung together by the women’s common struggle with love, desire, passion, and sexuality.
Adapted from award-winning stories by Minh Ngoc Nguyen, Ngo weaves a vivid, timeless and unforgettable tapestry with characters brought to life by a gorgeous cast of acclaimed talent from Vietnam, US and Canada, including actresses Truong Ngoc Anh (The White Silk Dress, 2006), Nhu Quynh (Vertical Ray of the Sun, 2000), Hong Anh (Moon at the Bottom of the Well, 2009), Ngo Thanh Van (The Clash, 2010; The Rebel, 2007), Minh Ngoc Nguyen (who also wrote the screenplay based on her own stories), and the legendary Kieu Chinh (Joy Luck Club, 1993).
2012 Geneva Film Festival in Geneva, Illinois
Best Emerging Narrative Feature Filmmaker & Best Cinematography
2012 Asian Film Festival at Dallas
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography
2012 San Francisco Independent Film Festival – Best Cinematography and Best Music
2012 Shanghai International Film Festival – Nominated for New Asian Talent Award