Tony Bui

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Tony Bui
Born (1973-09-14) September 14, 1973 (age 47)
OccupationDirect, Producer, Writer

Tony Bui (born September 14, 1973) is a Vietnamese-born American independent film director in the U.S., most famous for his 1999 film Three Seasons , which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and became the first film to win both an Audience Award and a Grand Jury Prize. The film was based on Bui's own experiences dealing with the changing landscape and people of his ancestral home of Vietnam. The film starred Harvey Keitel.



Early life

Bui was born in Vietnam and in 1975 came to the U.S. at the age of two years with his family, as a refugee of the U.S.-Vietnamese war, leaving Vietnam approximately one week before the Fall of Saigon. He was raised in Sunnyvale, California, where his father ran a video store which led to his interest in cinema. [1] He studied film at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. [1]


Bui visited Vietnam several times before making his first short film, the highly successful Yellow Lotus, which also debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to play at festivals around the world.

He has also co-wrote and produced Green Dragon, starring Patrick Swayze and Forest Whitaker, for his older brother Timothy Linh Bui, as well as writing several screenplays for production companies. He is believed to be developing another feature film project. For a brief time he was associated with Lazarus, a film in development at Warner Brothers.

Personal life

Bui is the brother of Timothy Linh Bui, a film director and producer. The two have worked together on several films. He is also the nephew of the Vietnamese actor Đơn Dương.


YearFilmCredited as
Director Producer Writer Actor
1995Yellow LotusYesYesYes
1999 Three Seasons YesYesYes
2001 Green Dragon YesYes
2005My Name Is...Yes
2008Dewmocracy [2] Yes
2015The Throwaways [3] Yes
2019Lucy Comes HomeYes

Awards and nominations

Austin Film Festival

49th Berlin International Film Festival

Golden Satellite Awards

Humanitas Prize

Independent Spirit Award

Portland International Film Festival

Stockholm International Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

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