During the war in Vietnam, thousands of people in the Vietnamese province of Cu Chi lived in an elaborate system of underground tunnels. Originally built in the time of the French colonial occupation, the tunnels were enlarged during the American presence. When Americans began bombing Cu Chi, the survivors went underground and based their operations against the Americans, often underneath American camps. Hidden beneath destroyed villages were hospitals where children were born and surgery was performed on casualties of war; underground were schools and public places where lovers met. There were even theaters with song and dance and traditional stories. The Cu Chi Tunnels is a disquieting film to watch if you were a direct enemy of these people. For you, it might not be easy to watch old guerillas bragging about the number of Americans they killed. But when these same guerillas talk of their fear of "the deep eyed people" with their magic weapons, and about the girls they loved, and how the darkness of the tunnels was like an endless night - then these people might become very human to you. The film becomes a film not about killing and darkness, but about light and love and the power of the human spirit.
Vietnamese with English subtitles.
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Fascinating...The film brings home this facet of war in immediate and nerve-shattering terms. -- The Hollywood Reporter
Remarkable...if there's an ideology at work here, it's not specific to the victor or the vanquished. -- The Miami Herald
Revealing...unlike most Hollywood depictions. -- The Los Angeles Daily News
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