Fourth Uncle in the Mountain
is an odyssey of a single-father folk hero and his foundling son in a
land ravaged by the atrocities of war. It is a classic story complete
with humor, tragedy, and insight, from a country where ghosts and magic
Set during the French and American wars in South Vietnam, Fourth Uncle in the Mountain is the true story of an orphan, Quang Van Nguyen, adopted by a sixty-four-year-old monk, Thau Van Nguyen
carries great responsibility for his people as a barefoot doctor.
Wanted by the French regime, he must occasionally must flee in to the
jungle, where he is perfectly at home living among the animals. As wise
and resourceful as Thau is, he meets his match in his mischievous son.
Quang is more interested in learning Cambodian sorcery and martial arts
than in developing his skills and wisdom according to his father's plan.
Nevertheless, Thau manages against all odds to raise his son to
follow in his footsteps and in doing so saves him, as well as a part of
Vietnam's esoteric knowledge, from the Vietnam holocaust.