Karma | Chicago Reader


Shot by a Vietnamese cast and crew in Vietnam, using equipment left behind by the Americans, this 1986 feature by Ho Quang Minh, based on the well-known short story “The Wounded Beast,” is a rare look at the Vietnam war from a South Vietnamese viewpoint. The plot hinges on the personal story of a young woman who, believing her husband to have been killed in combat, winds up as a prostitute in Saigon; years later her husband returns and repeatedly rejects her after discovering what she has become. A Vietnamese/Swiss coproduction, the film was largely financed in Switzerland, where the director is a naturalized citizen.

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