Red Lotus (1994)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - Laos  |  
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This Laotian film, one of the few survivors of the dozen films made in that country, provides viewers with a rare and fascinating look at life in a little known country. The story, is set in the early 1970's when pro-Communist troops were beating the U.S. supported royal Laotian army. It takes place in a tiny northern town in the Vientiane province. The government has decided to add troops to the village and use it as a main base in its battle against the guerrillas. The tale is told from the viewpoint of Bua Deng a young girl whose fiance, Man, left her in favor of joining the Red Army. At her mother's urging Bua Deng ends up marrying Siang, a capitalist. The film reaches is climax when Man's troops attack the village. He saves Bua Deng from her stepfather who killed Siang and then attempts to rape her in the forest.



war, guerrilla, love, marriage-arranged, rape, soldier, war-atrocities