The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80813 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts.
Further funding for the film was provided by Club des Investisseurs, Sofinergie, Sofinergie 2, Investimage 3, and Cofimage 3.
The film begins in 1930 during the years of French colonial rule in what was referred to as Indochina. Many French people, like Catherine Deneuve's character, lived in Indochina their entire life, had never even been to France, and considered their adopted land their home. But the French set up a ruling class system that exploited many of the Vietnamese, in some cases even enslaving them, similar to the British rule in India.
As Marxist ideals started taking hold, especially among intellectuals, the Vietnamese were able to form a solid resistance to French rule. They finally gained their independence in 1954, and Indochina was divided into the countries now known as Vietnam, Cambodia (Kampuchea), and Laos.
Independence caused a civil war between those wanting to see a Marxist government and those (mostly wealthy landowners) favoring a right-wing dictatorship -- which left the opening for America's later exploits in the country during the Vietnam War.
Shot in Vietnam, Malaysia and Switzerland, in Eclair color, Kodak Eastmancolor film, Panavision equipment.
Catherine Deneuve, the film's star, was the model for the statue of Marianne, the French republic's official symbol.
Dialogue French and Vietnamese; English subtitles.
Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Copyright 1992 Paradis Films et La Generale d'Images.
Help provided from Centre National du Cinema Vietnamien.
Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1992