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                         The Rebel


  Starring : Johnny Tri Nguyen , Dustin Nguyen,Ngo Thanh Van

                         Directed By : Charlie Nguyen - 2007

                              copyright ©2007 Cinema Pictures / The Weinstein Company


Now i don't know of or have heard of any Vietnamese films but i had heard of Johnny Nguyen because of Tom Yun Goong ,he fought Tony Jaa in the Hotel scene and mighty fine a fight it was too.

      So when i heard of this Vietnamese martial flick starring him and Dustin Nguyen i had to track it down ,Now i had seen it advertised  as a forthcoming DVD from Dragon Dynasty but was not out yet and some of the other versions are not available as the film was made in 2006/7 ,Any way  i found a seller on eBay selling a version i think made for the Spanish market as all their films have Spanish subs ,So it arrives and it has both Vietnamese and English  Soundtracks (a bonus).


The Story evolves around the the 1920's French Coloniel ruling in Vietnam and the anti French Rebellions .So the Rebels want to disrupt the French and the French employ Vietnamese agents to track down and break up the rebels plans ,Johnny Nguyen plays one such agent(Le Van Cuong) and when a rebel attack is ambushed by Le and his fellow agents and the daughter of the rebel leader is captured( Vo Thanh Thuy) and tortured Le starts to feel his loyalties changing, and helps her escape but not before the agent leader Sy finds out and tracks them down to Coung's house (Sy is played by Dustin Hguyen) here a fight breaks out and Coung and Thuy go on the run as Sy try's to track them ,they escape by hiding on a French vehicle that ends up taking them to the French mining camps ( not a good place to hide )

But i think this was to emphasis how the French treated the Vietnamese at this time .After escaping from the mines but not before dishing out some justice they head for rebels villages .    

  I wont spoil the film to much as when i review i like to not give it all away The thing is what happens on the way to the villages and there after will blow you away .  


From a production point of view this is a brilliant film and from the first five minutes you know your watching quality film making ,A lot better then many Thai films you might see purely because of the interesting story and passion that comes from this and the good acting .    


Now i watched this in both Vietnamese with English subs and in the Dubbed track and both were a joy to watch ,so without doubt this is one top film that has fights so well put together there as good as any Hong Kong movie and even though there not as frequent as some films when they happen they are worth the wait .

All in all a top film ,that i will be watching again.and i can't wait till the next film from these people and the wait won't be to long as Dustin Nguyen is putting the finishing touches to his latest film Huyen Thoai Bat Tu (The Legend is Alive )were Dustin plays a mentally handicapped person who happens to be a good fighter .The film is said to be gritter in the fight stakes then the Rebel ,less flamboyant style.

I am waiting.

                                               The Snake                                                  

                                        Score out of Ten = 8                                                                  


              Review Date : May 2009

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