Director: Hong Khaou
Writer: Hong Khaou (Screenplay)
Starring: Henry Golding, David Tran, Parker Sawyers, Molly Harris
Plot: Kit, a British man of Vietnamese heritage, returns to Saigon for the first time in over 30 years after leaving the country with his parents, when he was six years old, at the end of the Vietnam War.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Monsoon starts as Kit (Golding) returns to Saigon after leaving as a child during the war, he has come to walk down memory lane, sorting out personal details, catching up with an old childhood friend Lee (Tran), while seeing the change the city has gone through during the 30-years away.
As Kit starts taking his walks through the different cities, he meets Lewis (Sawyers) who he strikes up a relationship, while learning more about the history away from the country from Linh (Harris) who explains the change the country has gone through.
Thoughts on Monsoon
Thoughts – Monsoon is a beautifully shot movie that will show how hard it can be to return to your home country after decades away which will see things change from the world they remember. The haunting reminders that a country was once almost destroyed being up and running like nothing ever happened in seen through Kit’s eyes. Henry Golding is brilliant in the leading role, showing us just how he has made such an impact in recent years. The film is pushed to the next level by the beautiful cinematography, which makes ever scene bigger than ever, showing the beauty in the natural and busy cities in Vietnam. Most of the film is the beauty of the scenery, which can take away from the limited dialogue in the film though.
Final Thoughts – Monsoon is a beauty film to watch, with a heartfelt story of memories of a previous life.