Journey from the Fall

Synopsis: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ham Tran
Production: Imaginasian Pictures
  7 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
135 min

Nurse Evelyn! Nurse Evelyn!

I have a message for you. In English!

And here we go.

Now, look, here's the list of all the patients

we've had in the ward in the last month.

Thank you, Nurse.

- You're Alexandria?

- Yes.

Your note came in, and landed on my lap.

Couldn't even understand it.

It's written in gibberish or something.

You didn't understand it, didn't you,

didn't understand it, it's not for you.

My name's Roy.

- How'd you hurt your arm?

- I fell.

Me too.

I was picking oranges.

Is that so?

How do you go to the potty?

I don't. They let me go right here.

- In bed?

- Yeah, it's true.

I don't believe.

Hey, Alexandria.

Hey, do you know

you're named after Alexander the Great

who was the greatest warrior

who ever lived?

Yes. And my note is not in gibberish.

It's in English!

Hey, I can see you. Come on out here.

I can see you hiding.


Hey, did you know

he was also looking for a message?

He was lost.

He almost died, separated from his army.

- Did he find the message?

- What?

Did she find the message?

Alexandria the Great.

All right, right, I'll tell you,

just come in here.

Now, come on, grab that chair right there.

All right, don't break your other arm.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

- What's in your box?

- Things I like.

- Things you stole?

- No.

A photo.

Where'd you get the elephant?

My friend gave it to me at work.

He's from India.

Look, this is my horse

- and this is my father.

- Yeah?

He's got the same gap in his teeth,

must run in the family.

- Yeah, and here is my house.

- Oh, yeah?

- It was my house.

- What happened?

- They burn it.

- Who burned it?

Angry people.

I'm sorry to hear that.

I said, I'm sorry to hear that.

Angry people.

Yeah, I know,

I'm just sorry that your house got burned.

Why did Alexander

didn't go from that buildings on his horse?

- If him was lost...

- What?

Why did Alexander didn't go

from that middle of the buildings

from that buildings on his horse?


First of all, he didn't have a horse

because his horse was killed in a battle.

And he wasn't

in the middle of any old buildings.

He was lost in the middle of a vast desert,

full of orange sand

with only a handful of men

but they didn't have any water.


"My Lord, all hope is lost.

"It seems your mighty army

shall finally be conquered.

"Not by the Persians, but by our own greed

and gluttony for water.

"This helmet contains our last supply.

"Oh, King,

I believe your wisdom shall save us all."

- Why?

- Why?



Well, because there wasn't

enough water for all of them

and it was Alexander the Great's way

of showing his army

that they were all equal...

It's stupid.

What would you do better?

Was Alexander throw the water

instead to give every soldier a little bit.

Hey, why don't you come back tomorrow

and I'm going to tell you a different story.

An epic tale of love and revenge.

- You know what "epic" means?

- No.

I still got this tightness here.

It's like I can't even...

It means a really long story,

and it's set in India.

...the elephant sitting on my chest.

- You should be fully recovered.

- All right, go on.

- I want you to examine me.

- Will you come back tomorrow?

You personally. I'm not very well.

The swelling seems down.

I know how much it hurts.

A sense of humor.

In the next couple of weeks the pain

should abate, then one more operation.

Like the last one?

This is going to take some effort

on your part, too, you know that?


Come on, then.

- Be back before lunch.

- Okay.

Alexandria, get away from that ice.

I see you licking that ice,

you're gonna get sick.

I want you to go play, go!

Next time, I'll glue your lips to this

and carry you away.

You're lucky it was just a horse

that got killed.

I mean, jumping off a train bridge

was suicide, too.

And if you were trying to impress her...

Sinclair already did a better job.

You know, the actor,

- the leading man.

- I know who he is.

Every cloud has a silver lining,

that's for sure.

Take another card.

- You know, before my accident...

- That is the Queen of Hearts.

...nothing was happening for me.

Now I've had my leg hacked off by savages,

mangled by chariots,

sawed off by lumberjacks.

Hell, I've even had a harpoon through it.

I'm working all the time.

That is the two of spades.

- The studio is just trying to do right by you.

- Excuse me, Mr. Sabatini.

Take the money.

Anyway, gags are not for you, Roy.

You're a college man.

Wasn't me.

One cripple to another...

I didn't throw orange at you. woman is worth suicide.

Like the guy's a movie star, for chrissake.

Was your friend a pirate?

Was your friend a pirate?


Is that how he hurt his leg?

No, he... He does tricks for pictures.

You know, flickers.

Moving pictures.

- I never seen one.

- You're not missing much.

Is that what you do, like your friend?

Just once.

Will you tell me the story now?

- What story?

- The epic.

All right.

All right, close your eyes.

What do you see?


Rub them.

Can you see the stars?


It was a starry night.

Four men waited impatiently

on a small island

surrounded by a calm sea.

But that calmness was deceptive.

For at that moment

an Indian with a bandaged thigh

swam towards them.

Tell me, Indian.

Is it true?

Luigi, is what true?

Governor Odious will execute

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Ham Tran

Ham Tran (Trần Hàm) is a Vietnamese American film writer, editor, and director. He is of Hoa (Chinese Vietnamese) ancestry, specifically Teochew.He earned an MFA in film directing from the UCLA Film School and is most famous for his thesis film The Anniversary, which was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. His most recent effort is the feature film How to Fight in Six Inch Heels which had its U.S. premiere on 13 March 2014 at CAAMFest in San Francisco. Tran also directed the full-length Vietnamese boat people and reeducation camp drama, Journey From the Fall, which was picked up in North America by ImaginAsian Pictures and released nationally on March 23, 2007. In 2009, Tran received the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Filmmaking. more…

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