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Long, a Vietnamese driver in Southern California, answers a late-night call for a ride. Already in his pajamas, he reluctantly accepts, picking up a man, Tây, and his two companions. But the men, recently escaped convicts from an Orange County jail, take Long hostage at gunpoint, thrusting him into their getaway plan. When complications arise, the fugitives and their hostage hole up at a motel, and a tense waiting game unfolds.

Sing J. Lee’s striking visuals and mood-driven aesthetic set the tone for unnerving intensity, punctuated by moments of humor and warmth. Inspired by a true story, this is not just a crime film, but a stirring portrait of this lonely old man and his relationship with Tây. It’s hard to overstate the captivating presence and poignance of Hiệp Trần Nghĩa in carrying the burdens of Long’s past — expressed through lyrical and gently surreal interludes: war, re-education camp, family estrangement, and now his marked isolation, having lost every “home” he’s ever known.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    117 minutes
  • Language
    English, Vietnamese
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Sing J. Lee
  • Screenwriter
    Sing J. Lee,Christopher Chen
  • Producer
    Kimberly Steward,Basil Iwanyk,Andy Sorgie,Brendon Boyea,Joseph Hiếu
  • Executive Producer
    Barbara Broccoli,Michael G. Wilson,Jennifer J. Pritzker,Peter M. Carlino,Luisa Law,Scott LaStaiti,Josh Godfrey,Kenner Bolt,Kenneth Yu,Paul Kix
  • Co-Producer
    Jes Vũ
  • Cast
    Hiệp Trần Nghĩa,Dustin Nguyen,Dali Benssalah,Phi Vũ,Gabrielle Chan
  • Editor
    Yang-Hua Hu
  • Production Design
    Hanrui Wang