One Evening After the War

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One Evening After the War
Film poster
Directed by Rithy Panh
Produced by Jacques Bidou
Written by Rithy Panh
Ève Deboise
Starring Chea Lyda Chan
Music by Marc Marder
Cinematography Christophe Pollock
Edited by Marie-Christine Rougerie
Distributed by Compagnie Méditerranéenne de Cinéma
Cara M
Release date
  • 19 May 1998 (1998-05-19) (France)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Cambodia
Language Khmer

One Evening After the War (French: Un soir apres la guerre, Khmer: រាត្រីមួយក្រោយសង្គ្រាម) is a 1998 Cambodian drama film, directed and co-written by Rithy Panh. Panh directed this neo-realist French-Cambodian social drama set amid Southeast Asian poverty and the Cambodian underworld.

The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


After the end of the Cambodian Civil War, people in Cambodia struggled in their return to their normal lives. Among them is a kickboxer Savannah (Narith Roeun). A survivor of the war, who lost most of his family to the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, he lives with his uncle in Phnom Penh. Savannah begins a romance with a 19-year-old bar girl, Srey Poeuv (Chea Lyda Chan). She is humiliated by her debts to the bar's owner, and is forced to keep working. Savannah wants to help Srey clear her debt, so he teams up with an ex-soldier and plans a crime that could net him some money.


  • Chea Lyda Chan as Srey Poeuv
  • Narith Roeun as Savannah
  • Peng Phan as Srey Poeuv's mother
  • Ratha Keo as Maly
  • Srangath Kheav as Mute child
  • Mol Sovannak as Phal


One Evening After the War made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It opened for general release in France on December 16, 1998.


  1. ^ a b "Les Artistes du Théâtre Brûlé". Cannes Film Festival archives. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 

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