Timothy Linh Bui

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Timothy Linh Bui
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Timothy Linh Bui (b. Saigon, South Vietnam, April 13, 1970) is a Vietnamese-born American filmmaker, film producer, and screenwriter. He directed Green Dragon , and co-wrote and produced Three Seasons .


Early life

Bui was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, and came to the United States with his family as a refugee of the Vietnam War in 1975, leaving Vietnam approximately one week before the Fall of Saigon. [1] He grew up in Sunnyvale, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. [1] His parents held a video store where he watched "thousands" of movies [2] and shot amateur action short films in his parents' backyard. [3]

Bui initially moved to Los Angeles to study in business school, but quickly dropped out to join a film school. [3] He is a graduate of Los Angeles film school, Columbia College Hollywood (CCH). [2]

Timothy Linh Bui is the older brother of Tony Bui, who is also a film director and producer. [1] Bui is also the nephew of the Vietnamese actor Đơn Dương.


In 1999, Tim Bui co-wrote the film Three Seasons with his brother, the first US-funded production about Vietnam that portrayed the beauty of the country instead of the war horrors of the 1970s. [2] This trip to Vietnam revived his interest for his family's country. [3]

In 2001, he released Green Dragon , which took place in the Vietnamese internment camps in Pendleton, California in 1975. [4] [5]

Patrick Swayze's last film appearance was in Tim Bui's 2009 film Powder Blue . [6]

In 2013, Bui, along with his partner Anh Tran, co-founded the movie production company Happy Canvas Film in the USA. In 2016, he moved Happy Canvas Film to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to develop the film industry in the country. The studio worked on the production of a Vietnamese version of the TV show The Bachelor . [3] In 2018, Bui was part of the production team behind the American remake of his 2016 film The Housemaid . [7]


YearFilmCredited as
1995Yellow LotusYes
Duong tinh yeuYes
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave YesFirst Mate
1999 Three Seasons YesYes
2001 Green Dragon [4] [5] YesYes
2005Inside OutYes
My Name Is...Yes
2007 Owl and the Sparrow Yes
2009Shooting BlueYes
Powder Blue YesYesYes
2013 How To Fight in Six Inch Heels Yes
2015 The Throwaways [8] Yes
2016 The Housemaid Yes
2018 The Bachelor: Vietnam Yes
TBALive Fast, Die Laughing [9] Yes


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