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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Pop singer Minh Thu to play Thai festival

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Pop-rock singer Minh Thu will represent Vietnam at the Pattaya Music Festival in Thailand from March 19-21. Pop-rock singer Minh Thu … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Pop singer Minh Thu to play Thai festival

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Pop-rock singer Minh Thu will represent Vietnam at the Pattaya Music Festival in Thailand from March 19-21. Pop-rock singer Minh Thu … [Read more...]

Setting the course

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It is hard work at school that enables artists to make up on the stage. These students make a merry band of monkeys … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]