(Truc ‘Charlie’ Nguyen)
Set in 1920s Vietnam under colonial French rule, the film follows the journey of LE VAN CUONG, a French cultured undercover elite. Although branded with a perfect track record, Cuong’s inner conscience is troubled by the sea of Vietnamese blood he had spilled to uphold a washed out French ideal. Following an assassination of a high ranking Frenchman, Cuong is assigned to seek and kill the notorious leader of the resistance. Cuong encounters VO THANH THUY, a relentless revolutionary fighter and the daughter of the rebel leader. Cuong’s superior intends for him to use Thuy as a mean to get to her father but Cuong soon has feelings for her. Thuy’s patriotism ignites conflicts between Cuong’s consciousness and his cultured faith. Will Cuong discover his inner-self and find love or will he continue his mission? Outlandishly fun, The Rebel hits you in the gut with masterfully choreographed martial arts sequences that are raw and powerful.
(The Rebel was the Opening Night special screening at the 2007 Mammoth Film Festival)