THE ISLAND OF ALIEN

By Van NGUYEN THANH

BLUE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2010


    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • VIETNAM
    • Languages
    • VIETNAMESE
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Van NGUYEN THANH
    • Writer(s)
    • Lap NGUYEN QUANG
    • Producer(s)
    • Son NGUYEN THANH (Blue Productions Limited)
    • Synopsis
    • Adapted from a Do Phuoc Tien’s story, THE ISLAND OF ALIEN tells an exceptional life story in a restaurant in a coastal town of Vietnam. The film story is told from the viewpoint of Phuoc, who works as a kitchen-hand chef at WHITE NIGHT restaurant, and demonstrates the desperation of the happiness-seeking journey of characters. The film depicts the Vietnam unique culture and the chaotic reality of Vietnam’s multi-cultural society.
      Phuoc, who comes from rural Cenntral Vietnam, works for Chet Liem, a Chinese Vietnamese businessman. He shares the kitchen work with Cao – an Indian Vietnamese and Mien – a Khmer Southern Vietnamese.
      Although Cao knows the complicated insight of Chet Liem’s world, he is not involved with that world. Every night after work, he prays to Buddha before going to bed to keep his mind pure and healthy.
      Xiem Hoa – Chet Liem’s wife – handles the wine sale and all cleaning work. She serves Chet Liem as a devoted maid. Chet Liem and Xiem Hoa do not have children together. Chet Liem has a daughter named Chu with his late wife.
      Chu, who is a beautiful woman with paralyzed legs, lives behind closed doors in the restaurant. Chet Liem only lets Chu play in the sea in early mornings, when the beach is empty. Chet Liem strictly limits Chu’s contact with the real world, and confines her in a small up-stair room, where she spends her days playing with plastic animal toys and teaching a bird to speak. With the help of Xiem Hoa, Chu has secret sexual affair with Mien at nights, when she expresses her desperate longing by singing traditional love songs. Phuoc finds out their secret affair. Phuoc’s pure compassion touches Chu’s heart and they fall in love with each other. Jealousy fuels the violent conflict between Mien and Phuoc.
      With fully – controlled watch on Chu, Chet Liem finally finds out Chu and Mien’s secret sexual affair. This discovery leads to a very tragic ending. Chu dies in the sea. Mien, Xiem Hoa and Cao leave the restaurant. Chet Liem burns his restaurant.
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