Show depicts changing cultural norms

Single and proud: The 30 part TV series Doc Than Tuoi 30 (30-Year-Old Single Women) portrays the lives of a group of five single women in their mid-thirties and their struggle against the challenges of life. - HTV Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) - When the film Doc Than Tuoi 30 (30-Year-Old Single Women) was shown on the Today TV channel last week, many young women learned a valuable lesson about love and family values. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for October 30

Nguyen Du's Tale of Kieu will be translated into Russian by Nguyen Huy Hoang, a collaborator of Moscow University, to mark the author's 250th  birthday anniversary and UNESCO's recognition of Nguyen Du as a world cultural celebrity.

Vietnamese artists among top five at Asian Fashion Awards Asian Fashion Awards is considered the Oscar Award for Asia's fashion industry which is organized annually by the Asian Fashion Federation to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in the local fashion industry as well as in the Asian fashion industry. Vietnam was represented by model Lan Khue, make-up artist Thong Bao and designer Quynh Paris. Model Lan Khue is well known in Vietnam among the younger generation. She had won the third prize in the Asian Supermodel contest in 2012 and the Golden Award for Vietnam Model in 2013. Thong Bao is a leading make-up artist in Vietnam. He is a favorite of many famous artists, models and beauty queens such as Truong Tri Truc Diem, Lai Huong Thao, Hoang Oanh, model Hoang Thuy, actress Hong Anh. For many years he has been a make-up artist at HCMC Television. The final awards ceremony will take place in Hangzhou in China on October 30 and will be broadcast live on China … [Read more...]

Dragonfly Theatre stages “Dangerous Liaisons”

Dragonfly Theatre Co and Sai Gon Sound System are set to stage Dangerous Liaisons, an English play based on the classic novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Choderlos De Laclos. Directed by Jaime Zuniga and Aaron Toronto, "Dangerous Liaisons" is a tale of seduction, betrayal and revenge set in the morally corrupt world of the aristocracy of pre-revolution France. It was made famous by a 1988 film of the same name, and has been adapted many times the world over. American Toronto, who acted as the gracious pilot in "The Little Prince", now becomes an unfaithful lover, Vicomte de Valmont. Briton Belinda Smith acts as Merteuil, a very complex character. Women in that era had no power but Merteuil is immensely powerful because she uses sex and love to dominate men. Vietnamese actress Nguyen Lan Phuong will perform the role of Madame de Tourvel. Phuong's breakout role was Mai Lan in "Co Gai Xau Xi" (The Ugly Girl), adapted from American TV programme Ugly Betty. Vu Pham Diem My plays … [Read more...]

Dragonfly Theatre stages racy drama

Complex characters: A scene from Dangerous Liaisons by Dragonfly Theatre Co and Sai Gon Sound System. — VNS Photo Sunny Rose

by Vo Le Hong HCM CITY (VNS)— Dragonfly Theatre Co and Sai Gon Sound System are set to stage Dangerous Liaisons, an English play based on the classic novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos De Laclos. Directed by Jaime Zuniga and Aaron Toronto, Dangerous Liaisons is a tale of seduction, betrayal and revenge set in the morally corrupt world of the aristocracy of pre-revolutionary France. It was made famous by a 1988 film of the same name, and has been adapted many times the world over. American Toronto, who acted as the gracious pilot in The Little Prince, now becomes an unfaithful lover, Vicomte de Valmont. Briton Belinda Smith acts as Merteuil, a very complex character. Women in that era had no power but Merteuil is immensely powerful because she uses sex and love to dominate men. Nguyen Lan Phuong will play Madame de Tourvel. Vietnamese actress Nguyen Lan Phuong will perform the role of Madame de Tourvel. Phuong's breakout role was 'Mai Lan' in Co Gai Xau Xi (The Ugly … [Read more...]

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...]

Japanese comic books to portray VN classics

VietNamNet Bridge - A comic book adaption in Japanese of some of Viet Nam's most famous literature is expected to hit Japan's bookshelves late this month. The comics are illustrated versions of classic titles like Chi Pheo by Nam Cao and Giong To (Thunderstorm) by Vu Trong Phung. The collection of comics called Danh Tac Viet Nam (Famous Vietnamese Literary Works) was being translated and published under a deal between Viet Nam-Japan Culture Exchange Centre and Phan Thi Publishing House. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper reported that countries like Japan, South Korea and China were producing less comics now than before as popularity was waning, so it could be a good opportunity for Vietnamese comics to fill the gap. … [Read more...]

Chasing the everyday moment

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One of the pioneers of fashion photography in Vietnam is now firmly ensconced at the top of his field. Hai Dong turns fashion photography into an art … [Read more...]

Memories of an announcer

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(VOVworld) - This is the Voice of Vietnam, broadcasting from Hanoi, capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This announcement against a background of the song Smashing Fascism has opened numerous radio programs and is one of my unforgettable memories. I was born and raised in Hanoi in a nationalist bourgeois family. I studied in French schools and after university graduation I attended a 3-year English course with a private English teacher, Madame Lucille Ha Van Vuong. After Hanoi was liberated, through Ms. Thi, a friend of mine, I became aware that the Voice of Vietnam was recruiting English announcers. I thought it was time for me to do something to contribute to the revolution, so I volunteered to work at the Voice of Vietnam. … [Read more...]

HCM City plans National Day festivities

HCM CITY (VNS) - Streets and parks in HCM City will be alive with festivities in celebration of National Day which falls on September 2. A special music and song programme at the Pink Lotus Stage located in 23/9 Park in District 1 will kick off the city-wide festivities this weekend. Organised by the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and traditional art troupes, the three-day event will open on Sunday night and include dozens of music and theatre performances. Two exhibitions, one located at the Youth Cultural House on Pham Ngoc Thach Street and the other at the Ho Chi Minh Museum on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, will feature photographs of the late President Ho Chi Minh and historical events during different periods of the country's revolutionary process. The showcases will run through September 5. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 31/5

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Painter expresses bold emotion Asako Okiura stepped back and forth, looking attentively at a small oil painting of lotus flowers hanging at the ongoing exhibition of veteran artist Pham Luc. … [Read more...]

TV drama features rural youth

Delta life: Amateur eight-year-old actress Thien Kim (first left) and her five colleagues perform in the 31-part series Dong Song Thuong Nho (Beloved River), a new production from Ho Chi Minh Television aimed at young audiences this summer. — VNS File Photo

HCM CITY(VNS)— The Ho Chi Minh Television Station (HTV) is introducing a TV series featuring a group of children living in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. … [Read more...]

Young actresses strike right chord with film audiences

Leading lady: Van Trang won the Best Actress award at the 18th Viet Nam National Film Festival last year. The festival is organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism every two years. — Photo soha.vn

HCM CITY (VNS)— Though the film industry is a notoriously difficult one to break into, some young actresses in HCM City have proven their ability to moviegoers as well as their male counterparts. Young talent Van Trang, a native of Tien Giang Province, began acting while she was a student at the HCM City University of Theatre & Cinematography majoring in drama. After graduation, she spent several years in television. Her role in Dam Me (Passion), a TV work by director Dinh Duc Lien of Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV) in 2009, showed off her beauty and acting skills. One year later, she performed in the TV series Loi Song Sai Lam (Wrong Life), a production by M&T Pictures, which led to her winning the annual Golden Apricot Award for favourite TV movie actress presented by HTV in 2011. The TV movie featured urban youth and their problems in modern life. More than 30,000 viewers voted for her. She continued to show her ability in dozens of TV series but her dream was to be in a … [Read more...]