Cash Cab Viet Nam rolls into HCM City

HCM CITY (VNS)— Taxi May Man, the Vietnamese version of Cash Cab - the famous TV game show that originated in the UK, will begin airing on HTV7 at 8:30pm every Friday from this week. Devised by Adam Wood, the four-time Emmy Award winning show has been replicated in 39 countries worldwide. The most famous of these are the American version that began airing on the Discovery Channel in 2005, and the Asia-Pacific version on AXN Asia since October last year. Taxi May Man is hosted by comedian Hieu Hien who acted in the popular TV series Bong Dung Muon Khoc (Suddenly I wanna cry) and the movie Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise). … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 9/2

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Goethe-Institut Hanoi to host 'Street-Front Houses' exhibition The Goethe-Institut of Hanoi will host "Nha Mat Pho" (Street-front Houses), an exhibition of the work of artist Nguyen The Son, from March 8-28. Recently, Hanoi's residential buildings, which have long shaped the face of the city, have been changing dramatically. Instead of windows and balconies, which facilitate the communication between neighbors, tall billboards now seal the houses off from the street. This exhibition reflects an aspect of the rapid transformation of Hanoi's architecture. Using paper and silk, this exhibition features photographic installations which play with the beholder's perception and blur the line between reality and fiction; video installations are used to reflect the rapid change Hanoi has undergone over the past several years. Nguyen The Son graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. In 2008, he began to pursue a Master's degree in Fine Art Photography at the Central … [Read more...]

Berlin festival to show local film

The movie Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) by director Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 9-19 in Berlin. Dang's latest film is the first Vietnamese production to feature a positive view of homosexual life. It will be shown as part of the festival's Panorama category, for films courting controversial subjects such as violence and homosexuality, while portraying a special artistic effect. The film gives prominence to humanity through two separate stories. The first depicts a love triangle between three gays. The second concerns a friendship between a mentally handicapped man with a prostitute. They have their own dreams, emotions and love, like others. The film received critical acclaim and commercial success in Vietnam, and has been shown at several international festivals from which it has garnered mixed reviews. Lost in Paradise was screened at the Toronto film festival … [Read more...]

‘Lost in Paradise’ wins big at film festival

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Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival held in the central city of Phu Yen. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang did not to attend the closing ceremony on December 17 to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, when he was unable to hand the award over to Dang directly. Canh Dong Bat Tan (Floating Lives) - the most anticipated film in the … [Read more...]

VN Film Fest closes without a Golden Lotus Award for feature film

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Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival, held in the central city of Phu Yen. From the left: Lan Ngoc, Quach Ngoc Ngoan and Phuong Thanh, who won the Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Awards. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang was unable to attend the ceremony held on Saturday night to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, … [Read more...]

Lost in Paradise wins big at film festival

For the first time, a prize awarded by the Vietnam Cinematography Association was given to director Nguyen Quang Dung, who has been working as film director nearly 10 years.   VNA/VOV

HA NOI — Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival held in the central city of Phu Yen. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang was unable to attend the ceremony held on Saturday night to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, when he was unable to hand the award over to Dang directly. Canh Dong Bat Tan (Floating Lives) - the most anticipated film in … [Read more...]

VN film travels to society’s edge

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The highly anticipated film Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) directed by Vu Ngoc Dang will be released in cinemas nationwide tomorrow, Oct 12. Hotboys: Leading actors Luong Manh Hai and Ho Vinh Khoa act in the film Lost in Paradise. — File Photo Lost in Paradise boldly depicts the hardships of those living on the fringes of society by telling the story of Khoa, a rural man, who falls into the world of prostitution after being raped by two homosexual men. Viewers are unsure if Khoa is lucky or unlucky when another gay man named Lam appears to help Khoa escape from his life on the edge. The film is scheduled to screen at the Busan International Film Festival 2011's A Window on Asian Cinemaon from today to Thursday. This year, A Window on Asian Cinema section, which invited 49 films from 16 countries, will feature the next generation of filmmakers who will lead the Asian film industry into the future. Entries from … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s gay movie attends Vancouver festival

Vietnam's gay-themed movie "Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit" is now attending the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival after making its trip to the Toronto International Film Festival last month. "Lost in paradise" by Vu Ngoc Dang will compete for Best Picture of Canh Dieu Vang 2012Photo: Tuoi Tre The movie titled "Lost in Paradise" in English, which was nominated to the Discovery category for outstanding works from promising filmmakers around the world at the Toronto festival, will race to the Dragons and Tigers category for Asian directors at the Vancouver festival. The 100-minute film directed by Vu Ngoc Dang narrates the story of Khoa, an innocent man who leaves his poor village for Sai Gon and falls in love with Lam, a male prostitute. It rivals includes "Mr. Tree" and "Buddha mountain" from China, "Dendera" from Japan, "The day he arrives" from South Korea and "A simple life" from Hong Kong. This is the third time Vietnam has sent … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film makes it to Canadian festival

"Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit" by Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the festival under the title "Lost in Paradise."

A Vietnamese movie has been nominated to the Discovery category for outstanding works from promising filmmakers around the world at this month's Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. "Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit" by Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the festival under the title "Lost in Paradise." Giovanna Fulvi, the Asian cinema programmer for the festival, wrote on the festival's website: "Perhaps the first film from Vietnam to depict homosexual love both explicitly and in a positive light, Ngoc Dang Vu's 'Lost in Paradise' conveys its characters' lives in a remarkable range of tones, from the humor¬ous to the absurd to the tragic. "It opens our eyes to rarely glimpsed facets of contemporary Vietnam, and relays stories that are usually left untold." The 100-minute film, which narrates the story of Khoa, an innocent man who leaves his poor village for Sai Gon and falls in love with Lam, a male prostitute, has just been finished and … [Read more...]

Tet films run the gamut

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Kicking off last week, this holiday season's Tet films celebrate love, lament loss, and are filled with both tears and laughs. With a range of genres represented - comedy, romance, action and drama - there are pros and cons to this year's Tet holiday films Giai cuu than chet (Hot Kiss 2), Dep tung centimet (Beautiful by the Centimeter) and Huyen thoai bat tu (Legend Is Alive). Giai cuu than chet (Hot Kiss 2) Giai cuu than chet (Hot Kiss 2) is the highly anticipated sequel to Nu hon than chet (Kiss of Death), Vietnam's highest grossing film ever, which also won the silver prize at the 2007 Canh Dieu Vang (Golden Kite) awards, Vietnam's answer to the Oscars. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s jet set

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A new generation of the country's top celebrities are traveling the globe like never before, and doing it in style Model and actress Anh Thu poses with her husband Thanh Long in Japan … [Read more...]

Look good, do better

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A good woman is good on the inside, say past beauty contest winners. As Vietnamese Women's Day has many families planning gifts and celebrations for their mothers, daughters and sisters, Thanh Nien Daily spoke with several former beauty queens about what October 20 means to them. Miss Earth contestant Truc Diem says wisdom and perseverance are what make great women … [Read more...]

TV’s teen trend

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Local TV producers are abandoning gloomy adult dramas to focus their attention in a bold new direction - teen life. Gone are the days when dark war epics and heart-wrenching romantic dramas ruled Vietnamese TV. Today, around five new TV series aimed at teens have been aired since the summer holiday, highlighting a new direction for Vietnamese producers who once focused solely on adult features. An ad for the TV series Bong Dung Muon Khoc … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film sparks animal rights debate

Director Vu Ngoc Dang with a small duck used in one of his films. Dang claims he loves animals much Both the film's director and assistant director denied the claim and insisted that all cats in the film were still alive and healthy.

During the making of a recently released film three cats were said to have been abused and killed, prompting those concerned with animal cruelty in the country to speak up. The film "Vua Di Vua Khoc" or "Crying on the way" by director Vu Ngoc Dang attracted attention after it was broadcast on VTV3, a channel of Vietnam Television (VTV). One of the most prominent scenes features a young man dressing up in expressive clothes and driving a luxury car. He then stops at a river and wades through brackish water to rescue a kitten that is stranded on a floating piece of wood. The scene was apparently meant to send a message of care for animals and initially earned praise for this reason. However, in an online column, the director, Vu Ngoc Dang, was asked by someone claiming to represent an animal rights group about the fate of the cat used in the film. Dang responded that the cat was borrowed from a cast member, properly cared for and safely returned after filming. But the … [Read more...]

The making and remaking of remakes

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Vuong Hoang, a famous actor (L, Luong Manh Hai), and Minh Minh (R, Minh Hang) in Ngoi nha hanh phuc (Happy house), a film which was remade from the South Korean sitcom "Full House" There is a lot of small screen space that needs to be filled but not enough quality scripts to go around. This, film makers say, is why so many TV serials in the country rely on soap opera hits from other countries. That seems fairly straightforward, but the success and failure of these adapted serials raise even more intriguing questions. But before we get there, it is worthwhile to take a brief look at how this situation came about. For more than ten years now, private film makers have been allowed to produce TV serials, besides those traditionally commissioned and produced by Vietnam Television and Ho Chi Minh City Television. In 2007, the government issued a decree requiring Vietnamese serials to fill at least 30 percent of the programs shown on television. If this was meant to promote the domestic … [Read more...]

More bang for their buck

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Young directors responsible for a renaissance of sorts in Vietnamese cinema have their focus firmly on the bottom line What is a successful film? The one that gets acclaim from the critics and wins prestigious awards? Or the one that audiences flock to, and makes good money? The latter, say young directors Nguyen Quang Dung and Vu Ngoc Dang, who are considered talented, but somewhat counter-intuitively, have a tendency to produce commercial films. "My goal of making a film is to get the real gold [turnover] not the gold-gilded statuette [prize]," Dung says. Dung claims, "I have no concept of distinguishing between commercial film and art film." "I think if you ask Hollywood filmmakers what commercial films and art films are, they will respond in a stammering voice, because cinema is an art by itself that is produced to serve its customers - audiences. That means it needs to be sold, therefore, it's an artistic matter of the market." Dung is known as the scriptwriter and … [Read more...]

Tet films run the gamut

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Kicking off last week, this holiday season's Tet films celebrate love, lament loss, and are filled with both tears and laughs. With a range of genres represented - comedy, romance, action and drama - there are pros and cons to this year's Tet holiday films Giai cuu than chet (Hot Kiss 2), Dep tung centimet (Beautiful by the Centimeter) and Huyen thoai bat tu (Legend Is Alive). Giai cuu than chet (Hot Kiss 2) Giai cuu than chet (Hot Kiss 2) is the highly anticipated sequel to Nu hon than chet (Kiss of Death), Vietnam's highest grossing film ever, which also won the silver prize at the 2007 Canh Dieu Vang (Golden Kite) awards, Vietnam's answer to the Oscars. … [Read more...]