‘Dust of Life’ to open today


The hard-hitting Viet teen angst movie Dust of Life (in Vietnamese: Bụi Đời) opens tonight with a charity fundraising screening, followed by wide release in 4 cities.

The first showing tonight, 7pm at the Star Performing Arts Center in Fountain Valley, will be a fundraiser for the Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation and Project MotiVATe. All proceeds from the screening will go to these two community service organizations.

Following tonight’s premiere, the film will begin screening in Orange County, San Jose, Houston, and Falls Church, Virginia. See listing at the end of this entry.

The feature film debut by Le-Van Kiet, Dust of Life world-premiered as the Closing Film at the 2007 Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF). The story goes that Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo, the director of Buffalo Boy, was so enthralled with Dust of Life, he talked the festival organizers into giving the film that coveted closing slot. (That’s Le-Van Kiet, left in photo, with Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo at the 2007 ViFF.)

The film is a coming-of-age story of abandoned kids growing up in the Vietnamese enclave of Orange County in the early 1990′s, at a time when most parents were so busy rebuilding their lives in the new country that little attention was paid to the kids. Seeking acceptance and a sense of belonging, these kids formed gangs and did things that they shouldn’t have.

With the main characters played by first-time actors, the film still portrays young teens convincingly. All actors have other jobs (D.J., lawyer, real estate agent, etc.) but onscreen, they act just like gangsters, prompting at least one audience member at ViFF to ask the Bolsavik, “Wonder how Kiet got the gangs to go along.”

The film follows a displaced juvenile named Johnny (Devon Duy Nguyen), who had lost both of his parents in the Boat People exodus. Growing up in America and raised by his older sister (Linh Le), Johnny quickly finds the harsh reality of assimilation when his choices are limited.

Despite misgivings by his girlfriend Mai (Thu-Mai Tran), Johnny began hanging around his street friend Rascal (England DuVan) and his gang. His relationship with the street kids becomes more perilous. As hope seems more distant than ever, a compassionate Catholic priest (Liem Michael Doan, in a rather sappy and mushy role) tries to help him do the right thing in the present, but the help may be too late.

“Personally, I think Dust of Life illustrates a piece of our history,” said Dr. Bich-Lien Nguyen, VACF Board of Directors. “I’m glad that the story is being told so that hopefully we can learn from the experience.”

Following is the screening schedule.


Friday, November 6, 2009, 7PM
Star Performing Arts Center
16149 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA


Orange County – Fountain Valley, CA 
Starts Saturday November 7, 2009
Star Performing Arts Center  – Tel: (714) 531-8500
16149 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA
Monday-Friday: 5, 7, 9pm;
Saturday-Sunday: 12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10pm

San Jose, CA                  
Starts Friday November 13, 2009
Camera 3 Cinema – Tel: (408) 998-3300
288 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113                    

Houston, TX                   
Starts Friday November 13, 2009
FunPlex – Tel: (281) 530-7777
13700 Beechnut St. Houston, TX 77083

Falls Church , VA             
Starts Friday November 20, 2009
Loehman’s Twin Cinemas – Tel: (703) 573-5774
7291 Arlington Blvd , Falls Church , VA 22042

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19 Responses to ‘Dust of Life’ to open today

  1. samy says:

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  2. Oncle M says:

    Crack is a hell of a drug
    Give uncle k and Jung Kim some

  3. Jung Kim says:

    Oncle M, crack is a thick line….. splitting your stinky buttocks into equal half.

    I am afraid that crack has to belong to you ….for a life time.

  4. Oncle M says:

    Like to snort my butt crack Jung ?

  5. Jung Kim says:

    Diaper needs to be removed first…right?

    Call joe boy friend to powder then sniff…… here comes your fantasy island!

  6. Oncle M says:

    Done. When r u coming over? I save it for u, I like ur Viet nose racing up and down my crack line better, that what you asked for isn’t it?

  7. Jung Kim says:

    Still waring a diaper huh?

    Are you ….. sumo wrestler wannabe idiot?

    Sumo wrestlers usually don’t want their crack lines bothered before the match.

  8. Oncle M says:

    Yes, I am still wearing diaper…Tonite?

  9. Jung Kim says:

    Why do you need to wear a diaper?

  10. Oncle M says:

    Want some? Recycled ones for you babe

  11. Jung Kim says:

    Hmmm …….this late developing idiot still wears diaper and recycle old ones.

    His family must have hit a jack pot with this idiot.

  12. Oncle M says:

    I also eat out the trash bin, why waste the food when it still eatable?
    The highlight of the day is when I find lobster half-eaten in the back of a swanky restaurant. I save that for you. Tonite burrbueeey. Love

  13. Jung Kim says:

    Eating out of trash can ……has nothing to do with still wearing diapers at your age.

  14. Oncle M says:

    I’m an old dude who can’t control the bowel movement, when it needs to go it just go.
    I pick old cans and bottles, can’t afford new diapers, want some left over chicken from TGIF, it’s yummy. I had to fight over to homeless guys for you, hurry before I ate them all.
    My crack still open for your nose.

  15. Jung Kim says:

    Who would want to be near wet diapers?
    Your wife must wear diapers as well……. leak often comes with old age.

  16. Jung Kim says:

    Ask your wife to sniff….. or neighbor’s dog.

  17. Oncle M says:

    Nope. My wife left me for a younger dude, I can’t afford my crack habit, if see me outside the coffee shop in little segoong with a bottle of cheap gallo wine that’s me.
    Sometime the purty girls inside come out and give me a cigarette, they are soooo sweet.
    Still saving my used diapers for you, want some?

  18. Jung Kim says:

    I am sure purty girls won’t mind changing your diapers……… for a solid bank account.

    There’s a hope even for old dude with diaper.

  19. Oncle M says:

    Why? they are purty but they are too young for me
    I can’t afford to give them money, I’m broke
    Saving the recycled diapers and half-eaten chicken for you
    Tonite Yung, see yah!

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