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Vietnamese officials considering punishment for actor in U.S. film ["We Were Soldiers"]
Associated Press | September 19, 2002

Posted on 09/19/2002 10:23:35 PM PDT by HAL9000

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnamese officials were meeting Friday to consider whether to punish an actor branded a "national traitor" for starring with Mel Gibson in the Hollywood movie "We Were Soldiers."

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, where actor Don Duong lives, proposed earlier that he be fined and banned from acting or leaving the country for five years for appearing in the movie, which they said distorted the history and image of Vietnamese soldiers.

Officials from the Ministry of Culture and Information were meeting Friday to consider the proposal, and will submit a recommendation to the ministry for a final decision, ministry Cinematic Department Director Nguyen Phuc Thanh said.

Vietnam's communist government has led a strident campaign against "We Were Soldiers" in the country's state-controlled media.

The movie, not approved for sale in Vietnam but widely available on bootleg DVDs, depicts a bloody three-day battle in November 1965 in Vietnam's Ia Drang valley, the first major clash between the North Vietnamese army and U.S. troops in the Vietnam War.

In the film, the U.S. troops have little idea of what they face and are overrun and suffer heavy casualties. Both sides are portrayed as courageous and self-sacrificing, while their families are shown grieving the deaths of their loved ones.

The movie is based on the book "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young" by the U.S. commander in the battle, retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore.

Duong played commander Nguyen Huu An, who led the Vietnamese soldiers to victory.

Duong, one of Vietnam's most popular actors, has appeared in numerous domestic movies about the war. He also played the role of a refugee camp translator in "Green Dragon," a movie directed by Vietnamese American Tony Linh Bui about Vietnamese who fled the country after the end of the war and dreamed of living in the United States.

"Both movies distort the legitimate war history of our people and the humanity of the Vietnamese," army newspaper Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) said in a front-page article Wednesday.

The newspaper demanded stern punishment for Duong.

"By becoming a propagandist and henchman for 'hostile forces' and tarnishing the Vietnamese soldiers and people, Don Duong has sold his conscience cheaply and become a national traitor," it said.

Duong couldn't be reached for comment, but in an earlier interview with The Associated Press, he said he was surprised at the reaction and has decided not to play any more roles in foreign movies about the Vietnam War.

Vietnamese movies about the war invariably portray Vietnamese soldiers as noble and Americans as cruel murderers.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: donduong; melgibson; vietnam; weweresoldiers
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1 posted on 09/19/2002 10:23:35 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
"Officials from the Ministry of Culture and Information..."

Sounds like the world of 1984...
2 posted on 09/19/2002 10:26:02 PM PDT by Kwilliams
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To: HAL9000

3 posted on 09/19/2002 10:27:27 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: HAL9000
Free Vietnam.

Only let us DO it this time.
4 posted on 09/19/2002 10:34:46 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: Kwilliams; HAL9000
"Officials from the Ministry of Culture and Information..."

They destroyed the culture.
So they created a "ministry" of it.
That's what the commies did in Europe and Russia too.
They destroyed the churches, and in their place built tacky "Houses of Culture".


5 posted on 09/19/2002 10:41:42 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: HAL9000
This makes no sense. What was it the actor did that incensed the ruling party? If anything, the movie was soft on the NVA/VC.

At the war's end, the world saw what butchers these people were. They weren't interested in reunification; they were interested in annhilation. The carnage was so bad that even some of the peace freaks (like Joan Baez) said we needed to get back over there to save the poor, suffering people of South Vietnam.

But the movie didn't show their true intent, and the actor in question certainly did not present the NVA in an unfavorable light. I thought the movie, typically, glossed over truth for the sake of political correctness.
6 posted on 09/19/2002 11:17:27 PM PDT by hoosierskypilot
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To: hoosierskypilot
and the actor in question certainly did not present the NVA in an unfavorable light

Depends upon what the "official" Vietnamese history of the battle says, I would venture.

7 posted on 09/19/2002 11:42:57 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: HAL9000
What stupidity, they could've easily named the movie "They were soldiers too." There's nothing in that movie that shows the NVA in bad light. The fact that the actor put the American flag back in the post after explaining what the future held, says it all. A traitor--the movie painted him as an honorable man.
8 posted on 09/20/2002 12:14:31 AM PDT by Coeur de Lion
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To: Hoplite
"Depends upon what the "official" Vietnamese history of the battle says, I would venture."

Ah. And there it is. It didn't even occur to me they "won" the battle.


9 posted on 09/20/2002 12:20:22 AM PDT by hoosierskypilot
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To: HAL9000; Joe Montana; JMJ333; Snow Bunny; Fred Mertz; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
NEVER FORGET

...Check out our ongoing .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. discussion on Actor DON DUONG:

http://thealamofilm.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4577


Them that got's the Power and all the Guns over the Enslaved People in a now Communist Vietnam...

...cannot afford to be depicted as losing at war and expect to keep it all.

NEVER FORGET
10 posted on 09/20/2002 6:12:50 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: HAL9000
Duong played commander Nguyen Huu An, who led the Vietnamese soldiers to victory.

Did I miss that part of the movie? Or do they mean Pyrrhic victory?

11 posted on 09/20/2002 6:19:02 AM PDT by Sloth
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To: HAL9000
...For more...

...See my ALOHA RONNIE Bookmarked .."WE WERE SOLDIERS" .. Battle of IA DRANG-1965 .. American Hero RICK RESCORLA.. Freerepublic.com Threads...

...simply by hitting the "ALOHA RONNIE" on this Post.

GARRY OWEN, Sir
12 posted on 09/20/2002 6:23:44 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
bttt!
13 posted on 09/20/2002 7:10:39 AM PDT by JMJ333
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To: hoosierskypilot
Communist are the father of lies, I guess that pretty much makes them Evil. My bet is they were offended by the begining of the film where they slaughterd the French. The hate the truth.
14 posted on 09/20/2002 7:18:34 AM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: onedoug
fyi ping
15 posted on 09/20/2002 9:37:05 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: HAL9000
bump .... fine let's put Vietnam back on the Axis of evil list.

I'm sure there are plenty of old pilots that could use some payback.

16 posted on 09/20/2002 9:41:35 AM PDT by Centurion2000
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To: windcliff
Thanks. 'Already hit another post. Note how the war yet rages on over the same principles.
17 posted on 09/20/2002 9:43:42 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Joy Angela; Buchanan mama; d14truth; RMDupree
...ALOHA...

...Please See Post #10...

18 posted on 09/21/2002 2:20:33 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Joe 6-pack
...GARRY OWEN, Sir...
19 posted on 09/21/2002 7:34:18 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Garry Owen; carry on Sergeant.
20 posted on 09/21/2002 8:15:28 PM PDT by rstevens
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To: All; Snow Bunny; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; VOA; Fred Mertz; Joe 6-pack; RonDog; ...
NEVER FORGET

..'HEART OF A SOLDIER'.. Author JAMES B. STEWART guested tonight to discuss the Heroic and Loving life of IA DRANG-World Trade Center Bombing of 1993-World Trade Center Airstrkes of 2001 ..RICK RESCORLA...

...on the FoX News Channel's ..JUDITH REGAN TV Show.

...This Mid-Program TV Segment will air again Saturday night at 12 Midnight Pacific Time / 3:00AM Eastern Time...

...and on Sunday Night at 9:00PM Pacific Tme / 12 Midnight Eastern Time Sunday night.

The Legend of RICK RESCORLA lives on and on and on...

NEVER FORGET
21 posted on 09/21/2002 10:04:24 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Them that got's the Power and all the Guns over the Enslaved People in a now Communist Vietnam...

That's no joke. I'll repeat a story for those who didn't see this show on PBS...
There was a good documentary on PBS (KCET in Los Angeles) centered on a number
of Vietnamese that lived through the final conflict.
It was suprising well-balanced...and done by a reporter for the LA Times that was
based there during the war, and then recently.

It included one story of a woman and her husband who had been South Vietnamese that
became communist operatives during the war.
Currently they are running into (figurative) brick walls trying to help peasants
raise their standard of living with aquaculture...but the "haves" of the party
(I guess communists from the north) have real control and power...while those from
the south are treated shabbily, even if they fought in concert with the NVA.
22 posted on 09/22/2002 12:13:05 AM PDT by VOA
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Very interesting!
23 posted on 09/22/2002 1:13:51 AM PDT by Joy Angela
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To: VOA
...L.A. Times Reporter DAVID LAMB...?
24 posted on 09/22/2002 6:40:14 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
...L.A. Times Reporter DAVID LAMB...?

That sounds like it could be the guy.
He must be one of the "token" truth-telling staff members of The Los Angeles Times,
like editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez.
25 posted on 09/22/2002 6:48:43 AM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA; Fred Mertz
...Los Angeles Times Reporter DAVID LAMB married a Hong Kong woman in Hanoi with our American Ambassador PETE PETERSON as his Best Man. They were buddies living in Hanoi.

...He was the first to tell me in a letter long ago about his friend JOE GALLOWAY writing .."WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG"..

...I found his reporting during the war to be slanted against what we were doing there...

...so I am a bit surprised about what you have just posted about his current reporting on the Enslaved Vietnamese.

...We will NEVER own up to what the Enemy Within HILLARY RODHAM and BILL CLINTON are still doing to US until we deal with what they did to the once Free People of South Vietnam long ago.
26 posted on 09/22/2002 7:11:06 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Dead Dog; miss print; Mercuria; DoughtyOne; doug from upland
NEVER FORGET

.."IS - IS" =

.."BLACK is WHITE...


...WHITE is BLACK" =

...The Communist Dialectic Foundation =

...Those that use it =

...ARE...!!!

NEVER FORGET

27 posted on 09/22/2002 6:09:16 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Kwilliams
Vietnam is no paragon of freedom. They may have begrudgingly given in to capitalist,somewhat free market ideas, but freedom is still gripped by iron chains. Christians are persecuted with terrible regularity, and ethnic minorities, many of which are Christian, continue to face oppression and practical genocide efforts. Secret police watch everyone, and there is no real freedom of thought there.
28 posted on 09/22/2002 6:42:22 PM PDT by Cleburne
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To: VOA
Most people don't realize that the Tet offensive urged
on by the north, was primarily designed to decimate the VC
and leave the south open to domination by the north.

Southerners ain't squat. Say, where have I heard that before.
29 posted on 09/22/2002 6:49:25 PM PDT by tet68
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To: HAL9000
Duong played commander Nguyen Huu An, who led the Vietnamese soldiers to victory.

????????????????

30 posted on 09/22/2002 6:53:29 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: HAL9000
proposed earlier that he be fined and banned from acting or leaving the country for five years for appearing in the movie, which they said distorted the history and image of Vietnamese soldiers.

Wouldn't it be great if we could ban and fine American actors that distort the history and image of U.S. Soldiers? Hehehe.

31 posted on 09/22/2002 7:02:01 PM PDT by Registered
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To: HAL9000
'The Ministry Of Vultures!'

You better run, Don!

32 posted on 09/22/2002 7:03:53 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: Registered
Wouldn't it be great if we could ban and fine American actors that distort the history and image of U.S. Soldiers? Hehehe.

Yeah, just like those communists in Vietnam. I guess we can dream.

33 posted on 09/22/2002 7:09:25 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: HAL9000
My brother (On the right) and buddies at Cu-Chi 1966!


And that other bitch of Hanoi!


34 posted on 09/22/2002 7:15:36 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
this movie was just re-released this weekend here in AZ, for a "world premiere" of a new sound system developed by Robert Wallace. There is a set of huge speaker(s) on the ceiling of the theater, so that the sounds of the helicopters, wizzing bullets, ect...are more realistic.

This sound system will be coming to a theater near you. Don't miss it ;)

35 posted on 09/22/2002 7:27:11 PM PDT by kstewskis
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To: All; kstewskis; Carl/NewsMax; Judicial Watch; Fred Mertz; Snow Bunny; Joy Angela; Buchanan mama
...Thank you for sharing with us the new World Premiere of .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. being shown at Arizona State University in...

..'SONIC WHOLE OVERHEAD SOUND'

...For more on this...

...see our .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Thread link below titled:


..'Updated: Sonic Whole Overhead Sound (w/image attacked)'


http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=203


36 posted on 09/22/2002 8:58:16 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: All; HAL9000; DoughtyOne; generalissimoduane; Judicial Watch
...A repeat of Author JAMES B. STEWART's outstanding Book Interview about RICK RESCORLA is coming right up in the next hour on the FoX News Channel's...

..'The JUDITH REGAN Show'..
37 posted on 09/22/2002 9:01:00 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: tet68
Most people don't realize that the Tet offensive urged on by the north, was primarily
designed to decimate the VC and leave the south open to domination by the north.


I'm afraid I hadn't heard that (I was a schoolboy when Tet happened, but remember the news
reports).
But I would believe it. It was unsettling for me to watch this show because I found
myself having some sympathy for this Viet Cong lady and her husband...they did fight
thinking they were liberating their homeland from influence by a foreign power...
only to find out they had made a deal with a corrupt foreign power (The communists of
North Vietnam) that is holding them down economically.

But...I do hold some hope that the bamboo wall around Vietnam is crumbling, slowly.
A few weeks later I saw some reports on Vietnam on The Nightly Business Report
(on PBS) and you might as well have titled it "The Vietnam War Is Over...
And The Communists Didn't Win".
The country realizes it's got to get with the capitalist program just like China
or stay mired in the rice patties.
But, we're going to continue to see stupid ideology such as the punishment of this
actor while some of the old farts are still around.

It's probably about the same deal as is going on in Iran...grandpa can't let go
of the Great Satan mantra, the teenagers just want to wear Levis and have a Coke and a smile.
38 posted on 09/23/2002 7:46:00 AM PDT by VOA
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To: All; HAL9000; VOA; Snow Bunny; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Joy Angela; generalissimoduane; ...
NEVER FORGET

...Our personal PRAYER ALERT Call-In's for the well being of HO CHI MINH City Resident Actor DON DUONG went out over the air...

...Sunday night in Southern California on The RAY BREIM Talk Radio Show on...

http://www.krla870.com

...and Monday on the Nationally Syndicated...

...The BOB DORNAN Talk Radio Show.. on...

http://www.TalkRadioNetwork.com


..and on WARREN DUFFEY's ..DUFFY & CO - Live from L.A. ..Christian Talk Radio Show on...

http://www.kkla.com


...Have No Fear, DON, for you are very dearly Loved as we shower you with our Loving Prayers....

"FOR THE ACADEMY"

NEVER FORGET

39 posted on 09/23/2002 9:29:30 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Fred Mertz; Joe Montana; Joe 6-pack
NEVER FORGET...

...See Post No. 39...
40 posted on 09/23/2002 9:31:14 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for going to bat for Don. Thanks for the ping too.
41 posted on 09/23/2002 9:34:51 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
...Doesn't a most courageous Actor deserving of an Oscar instead of a Concentration Camp or worse...

...DON DUONG...

...deserve all we can throw his way...???
42 posted on 09/23/2002 9:55:40 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
What a nice thing to do, Ronnie. Sending prayers...
43 posted on 09/24/2002 5:31:28 AM PDT by JMJ333
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Bump!
44 posted on 09/24/2002 6:55:59 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: tet68
decimate the VC

We killed a lot more than 10%

45 posted on 09/24/2002 7:02:56 AM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: rockfish59
My brother (On the right) and buddies at Cu-Chi 1966!

Your brother must have been a tunnel rat to be hangin' around Cu Chi...not a nice place to be.

46 posted on 09/24/2002 7:06:24 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: BubbaJunebug
No, he was too big to be a tunnel rat. This was when he first got there in '65. They not only had to fight in the field but also worry about the little bastards popping up inside the camp.

47 posted on 09/24/2002 10:58:12 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: Couer de Lion
I agree, the movie did show him as honorable, and just leading his troops as our guys were. Thus the title "We were Soldiers".

I hope this fine actor gets out of Vietnam. He deserves better than living in a Communist country where he is NOT FREE to even ACT!!
48 posted on 09/24/2002 11:02:21 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
NEVER FORGET

...Having been declared a Traitor of the State, by the Communist State of Vietnam, says that DON DUONG is not about to leave there any time soon, unless it's the same way over 58,000 Americans did during the Vietnam War.

...Pray for the well-being of Academy Award-Deserving and much at risk Actor...

...DON DUONG.

NEVER FORGET
49 posted on 09/24/2002 4:42:16 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
NEVER FORGET
50 posted on 09/25/2002 6:16:39 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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