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Les Coupeurs de bois

The Sawyers

(Nhung nguoi tho xe)

by Vuong Duc


Focus on vietnamese cinema

 Les Coupeurs de bois

Director: Vuong Duc

Script: Son Trang after Nguyen Huy Thiep's novel

Cinematographer: Vu Quoc Tuan

Editor: Tran Anh Hoa, Nguyen Thai Vu

Sound: Nguyen Thai Vu

Music: Do Hong Quan

Cast: Quoc Tri, Le Vu Long, Vu Dinh Than, Ngoc Bich, Thanh Tam

Production: Tran Thuong Dich, Vietnam Feature Film Studio

Cinéma Public Films
84 rue du Président Wilson
92300 Levallois-Perret
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1998

Screening: 2002

35 mm, Colour, 85 min, 
vOV Vietnamese with French Subtitles

Awarded at National Vietnamese Film Festival

Illiterate Buong steals dogs to cook them in the restaurant he owns. The villagers chase him away. He leaves with Ngoc, his nephew who graduated from university, and a few family members. They reach the jungle where Thuyet, a mean and brutal trafficker, employs them as wood cutters. Thuyet’s daughter feels for Ngoc, which annoys lout Buong.

In this film, Vuong Duc explores work as well as nature and creates a crescendo of a tensed, even oppressive climate where harsh realistic sequences are followed by sentimental scenes.

« I wanted to throw the audience into the reality of the tropical jungle in central Vietnam where wild animals and venomous snakes may suddenly appear at every step, where a quiet stream may suddenly engulf you, where the climate, the atmosphere, the flowers seem to remind us of our own wilderness, hence making every man a dangerous person for the others. In a civilised society, nothing is more ferocious and more horrible than the law of the jungle…» Vuong Duc.

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