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…"
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"
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"
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"
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?"
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)!"
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"
It's been almost a year since the documentary "Terror in Little Saigon" had ignited emotional reactions from the Vietnamese community. Some were against the film and others were supportive of restoring the investigation of the murders of five Vietnamese-Americans. Blames were hurled and petitions were created from both sides. The film's opponents scolded that it would irrevocably damage the image of Vietnamese enclaves as peaceful and thriving. Proponents pointed fingers at their own people for being passive and ignorant at the crimes. Facts were upstaged by false pride, a cloak for insecurity. The pursuit of truth was a license to exploit the subjectivity of the past. Silence has always been the residue of shame and guilt.
...continue reading "Casualty Of Political Violence in Vietnamese Community"
“Ăn Quả Nhớ Kẻ Trồng Cây", a Vietnamese proverb that means when eating a fruit remember who planted the tree. Not only do we remember our benefactor but we have to re-pay that generosity by planting new trees for others. With the current Syrian refugee crisis, it hits home to many Vietnamese Americans who’d been there before. A quick Google search shows heart wrenching images of Syrian civilians’ plight for freedom mirroring the Vietnamese boat people after the Vietnam War. It’s important for Vietnamese Americans to voice their concern over this emergency even though we are only a minority. Our actions do make a difference. We were on the same boats as the Syrians now, only we were a little luckier. What we do as American minority now is crucial to our future in this country. We can no longer stay silence and passive in politic. We have an obligation to at least do something. We must plant the seed for this tree that will grow.
Vietnamese are touched by the tragedy.
...continue reading "Ăn Quả Nhớ Kẻ Trồng Cây – Do Vietnamese Americans Support Resettlement of Syrian Refugees In America?"