The third film by the same director was "Heaven and Earth," in which starred a woman named Le Ly, role-played by a first-time actress, Hiep Thi Le and her American husband played by Tommy Lee Jones. Supporting roles were played by Haing S. Ngor, Le Ly’s father and Joan Chen, her mother. The film starts with the birth of Le Ly into a tradition-bound society in her family’s rice fields. Unfortunately, her family 's ancestral land is grabbed by the Viet Cong and then by the South Vietnamese and their American advisers. For both sides, the girl is a reward of war on wh...
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...n the war is more enormous than that of 60,000 Americans killed in the war. However, these Vietnamese have never been given the credit of that suffering. Instead, later presidents such as Bill Clinton renewed the sanctions against Vietnam, further fuelling hatred against the Vietnamese. Ironically, the US continued to rebuild Germany and Japan after World War II; countries that committed heinous atrocities on an enormous scale. In the case of the Vietnam conflict, the US has somehow lost its compassion and ability to make amends, pardon, reach out and shake the hand of an enemy and befriend them again (Riordan, p. 244). If all these actions were done to befriend Vietnam again, the USA would become a better country. Although some would treat Stone’s statements and thesis on the Vietnam conflict as political speeches, there could be truth in his stance on the conflict.
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