Bui doi--"less than dust"--is a slur aimed at Vietnamese children with American fathers. In 1990, a young "bui doi" escapes Vietnam, endures refugee camp, and survives a brutal ocean crossing and indentured servitude with a human-trafficking ring. Nevertheless, he manages to keep hope, humanity, and a generous spirit alive as he searches for connection with his long-lost family. His quest leads him from Saigon to Malaysia to New York City and, finally, to a remote Texas ranch and a redemptive reunion.
Nick Nolte, Damien Nguyen, Tim Roth, Bai Ling, Temura Derek Morrison, Tran Dang Quoc Thinh, Nguyen Thi Huong Dung, Chau Thi Kim Xuan, Anh Thu, Khuong Duc Thuan, Vu Tang, Nguyen Than Kien, Bu Ti Hong, John Hussey, Man-Chat To