Dustin Nguyen’s The Rebel and Monk on Fire

Probably having found Hollywood to be lame when it comes to casting Asians in decent movie and TV roles, Dustin Nguyen seems to have jumped ship and gone over to seek better things in his native Vietnam. If you don’t know who Dustin Nguyen is, then you weren’t a fan of the TV show 21 Jump Street from the ’80s. You know, the same show that launched Johnny Depp’s career? Well it also launched Nguyen’s, too. Sort of. So what’s Nguyen been up to? Let’s find out.

Via TwitchFilm, who reminds us that Dustin Nguyen is still alive, and playing a bad guy in the 2006 Vietnamese movie “The Rebel”. Twitch also tells us that Dustin is prepping his first directorial effort, the Vietnamese movie “Monk on Fire”, which is described as “an Asian western with bikes instead of horses, swords instead of guns and super powered monks.”

So what about “The Rebel”, which is coming soon to DVD via Dragon Dynasty? Here’s the film’s synopsis from the film’s writer at IMDB.com:

1920s. Vietnam under colonial French ruling. Anti-French rebellions emerge all over the country to disrupt the foreign occupiers. In respond, the colonialist employed units of Vietnamese agents to track and destroy these rebels. 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 French washed ideal. Following an assassination of a high ranking French, 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? The journey unfolds…

Check out a trailer for “The Rebel” below. It looks epic and action-packed. I’ve never seen a Vietnamese martial arts movie before, so this will be a first.