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Le Lotus rouge

Red Lotus

(Bao Deng)

by Som Ock Southiponh

Laos

 

Le Lotus rouge

Director: Som Ock Southiponh

Screenplay: Sakhone Taygnalath

Cinematographer: Padit Lattanaboungnang

Editing: Dara Kanlagna

Music: Douangmysay

Cast: Vongduane Phongsavan, Somchit Vongsam-ang, Amkha Oubalaxane, Saengchang Fongsamoute

Production: Laos Film

Contact: National Film
Archive and Video Center
Khouvieng Boulevard
P.O. Box 1624
Vientiane
film@laotel.com

Year: 1988

DVD, Black and White, 83 min,
v.o Laotian with Electronic Subtitles

European Premiere

Laos, on the eve of the fall of the United States-backed royalist government.
Khammanh is in love with Boa Deng, much to the woman’s stepfather’s displeasure. Due to the machinations of the latter, the young man is sent to fight for the Pathet Lao. During his absence, the evil stepfather presses Boa Deng to marry a rich man in the village…But Khammanh returns with a vengeance.
This touching love story takes place on the eve of the fall of the United States-backed royalist government in 1975. If it has been produced as a propaganda movie, it succeeds in depicting Laotian life and culture social life under monarchy and even touches on some risqué subjects with several subplots.

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