1. The Scent Of Green Papaya
– directed by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung. This visually stunning film vividly portrays the beauty of Vietnam through the poetry of everyday rural life. It won the Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. Tran Anh Hung also directed Cyclo and The Vertical Ray Of The Sun.
– Starring Catherine Deneuve this film by the French director Regis Wargnier won the 65th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film depicts the story of an unmarried French woman who owns a rubber plantation in Vietnam and her adopted daughter, both of whom fall in love with the same man. The film depicts some of Vietnam’s most beautiful and romantic sites such as Halong Bay, and the gorgeous colonial architecture of Saigon in the 1930s.
3. The Quite American
– Filmed in 1958 and adapted from Graham Greene’s bestselling novel of the same name, the film follows the complex relationships between a British reporter, a young American doctor and a Vietnamese woman living in Saigon in the early years of the war.
4. The Lady
– the story of Aung San Suu Kyi directed by Luc Besson and starring Michelle Yeoh. It depicts the turning point in Burmese political freedom in a vivid and authentic way.
5. The Lover (L’Amant)
– a 1992 film produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras. The Lover is a haunting film about obsessive love. It’s also about life of people in the Mekong Delta and Saigon during the decline of French colonial rule in Indochina.