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Vietnamese Film Attracts Hollywood Through South Korean Support

Derek Nguyen's expertly paced horror film The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí) is getting an American remake. The screenplay will be written by Geoffrey Fletcher, the first African American who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Lee Daniels's Precious. ...continue reading "January 2018 Vietnamese Cinema Vblog: Stephane Gauger, The Housemaid, Vietnamese Ancient History"

Hong Chau might be the first Vietnamese to win the Golden Globe for best supporting actress.

1) Trinh T. Minh Ha's Forgetting Vietnam asks us "what do we remember or know about Vietnam?"

12/01/2017

Trinh T. Minh Ha's 2015 film Forgetting Vietnam screens at Tate Modern on December 1st, 2017. One of the most interesting aspects of the film is its recalling of an ancient myth on the creation of the country and its influence on the reality of Vietnamese society. The film also has interviews of local Vietnamese about remembering its history and its present geopolitical importance. Visually, the use of analog and digital video is to imply a progression from the old to the new. Forgetting Vietnam aims to revitalized the unspoken Vietnamese history and culture which are often numbed by the trauma of war and colonization. ...continue reading "December 2017 Vietnamese Cinema Vblog: Disaster Artist, Hong Chau, and The Propeller Group…"

Vietnam is mostly known for war, Pho noodle, and the elegant silk dress called "ao dai". Few are familiar with its contemporary art scene. The most respected group of Vietnamese artists is the Gang of Five,

A Film Festival Succumbs to Mainstream Taste

The Golden Lotus Award at the 20th Viet Nam Film Festival goes to Jailbait, an obnoxiously raunchy comedy that broke Vietnamese box office record. With the slogan "Building a Modern and Human Movie Industry", the festival celebrates the country's cinematographic department 65th anniversary. ...continue reading "November 2017 Vietnamese Cinema Vblog: Tran Anh Hung, Star Wars, Jailbait, Downsizing, and more…"

An Ton That is a French-born Vietnamese musician who is currently composing the soundtrack for the much anticipated Vietnamese historical drama The Third Wife, directed by Ash Mayfair.

...continue reading "October 2017 Vietnamese Cinema News: Oscar, Film Festivals, Sexual Misconduct, Experimental Films, and More…"

Hopefully this way, Vietnamese animation can develop into an art form for enriching Vietnamese customs.

Viewers who have enjoyed I See Yellow Flowers On Green Grass should remained in their seats and be delighted by the film’s end credits animated sequence. ...continue reading "The Magical Toad: End Credits Animated Sequence of Yellow Flowers"

Filmmakers pay a fee to enter the competition but can win substantial prizes and exposure.

The 48 Hour Film Project took place in Saigon from June 10-11th, 2017. Different teams of young filmmakers compete to make the best short film in two days and one night. This is a sleepless and highly pressured experience great for young filmmakers to test their skills and meet potential future collaborators. ...continue reading "Gremsy Sponsors Vietnam’s 48 Hour Film Project"

This is the first time a business has released a FREE game for both the Android and iOS at which all profit will be donated to charity.

Unlike most American and Vietnamese kids who grow up idolizing comic book superheroes, Chinh and Khoa Vu regularly watches The Tenth Commandment, the 1956 film directed by Cecil B. Demille. The ancient story of how Moses liberates his Hebrew brethren from oppressive Egyptian rule inspired the brothers to be compassionate toward today’s Syrian refugees.

...continue reading "Vietnamese Brothers Create Video Game Supporting Syrian Refugee"

Apocalypse Now the video game is being crowdfunded. They are trying to raise $5 Million to release the finished game by 2020 on all platforms including virtual reality.

For over 30 years, Apocalypse Now has remained the epitome of cinematic arts. It's both a critique of US involvement in the Vietnam War and a warning against lavish self-indulgent filmmaking endeavors. In the movie, if the US were to win the war, they would need to lose all their humanity. The filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, almost lost his mind and morality making the film. As revealed in the behind-the-scene documentary Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, shot by his wife, the filmmaker would rather let Martin Sheen die in a heart attack than delay production. Now, Coppola is developing a video game from his movie. ...continue reading "Apocalypse Now, An Interactive Experience, Can Video Game Be Art?"

Father and Son's familiar tear-jerking story mostly appeals to older audience but everyone should check it out for the stunning cinematography and nostalgic elements.

Out of all the Vietnamese films I saw at this year's LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, the only one stood out was Father and Son (Cha Cõng Con). The other three films were rather tamed in my opinion. This article was written back in May immediately after I watched it in theater. I've wanted to hold off on it until father's day. Father and Son's familiar tear-jerking story mostly appeals to older audience but everyone should check it out for the stunning cinematography and nostalgic elements.

...continue reading "Happy Father’s Day: Review of Father and Son (Cha Cõng Con)!"

Although Vietnamese films are often criticized for the stiff acting, poor script, and bad special effects, there are many great films from Vietnam upstaged by these bad reputations.

Whenever Vietnamese cinema is discussed, it's often criticized as having "notoriously stiff acting", "horrible script" and "embarrassing special effects". Maybe these criticisms are true but there are many great Vietnamese films upstaged by these bad reputations.

In this article of Vietnamese Cinema, we spotlight 20 films that really deserve more attention. Please note, the first 10 films are made by domestic filmmakers in Vietnam, and the next 10 are by overseas Vietnamese called Viet Kieu. ...continue reading "Ultimate Must See Vietnamese Films Directed by Domestic & Overseas Filmmakers 2017"