Overseas Vietnamese directors and their homecomings

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Several Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese) directors have returned to Vietnam to make films over recent years. Their homecomings, whether successful or not, breathe freshness and novelty to the country's local film industry. Unlike those who founded the Viet Kieu film sector, today's batch of Vietnamese-origin directors, most of who come from the US, where they have had some experience with Hollywood, integrate better as they target local audiences rather than merely to screen films abroad. Charlie Nguyen, who was previously known as director of comic skits among overseas Vietnamese communities and a few films such as "Hung Vuong the 18th" and "Chances Are" produced in the US, made his directing debut in his home country with "Dong mau anh hung" (The Rebel) in 2006. The film, which won notable critical acclaim and breathed novelty into the local insipid film industry back then, took Nguyen more than 10 years to write the script and two years to travel throughout the country for … [Read more...]

Da Nang hosts event for independent filmmakers

DA NANG (VNS) — Foreign filmmakers are attending the fourth independent filmmaker festival that began today in the central city of Da Nang. The festival, entitled Autumn Meeting, was launched in 2013 by three established independent filmmakers, Phan Dang Di, Tran Thi Bich Ngoc and Nguyen My Dung. "We organise the Autumn Meeting to seek talented filmmakers in Viet Nam," Ngoc said. "People of my generation such as director Di and screen writer Dung have had opportunities to exchange and co-operate with international filmmakers. We want to share our experiences with youngsters and support them in getting close to international cinema," Ngoc said. The festival this year has included more training courses for the first time, such as in film production and film pitching. Besides Vietnamese participants, young filmmakers from Taiwan and Singapore are also participating in the festival for the first time. They had to register for the festival six months ago. The courses will be … [Read more...]

Film mui du du xanh one of the best asian movies

"Mui Du Du Xanh" (The Scent of Green Papaya), a movie by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, has ranked among the Busan International Film Festival’s top 100 Asian movies. The 20th Busan International Film Festival presented Asian Cinema 100 for the Special Programme in Focus this year to celebrate its history. The programme is a collaboration project between the film festival and the Busan Cinema Centre to shed light on the value of Asian films. Produced in 1993, the movie was about a little girl coming of age as a teenager and finding love with a pianist. The film was set in Saigon in 1950. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Camera Award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The movie ranks 66th on the Asian Cinema 100 list. … [Read more...]

“Mui Du Du Xanh” one of the best Asian movies

Hanoi, October 9 (VNA) – "Mui Du Du Xanh" (The Scent of Green Papaya), a movie by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, has ranked among the Busan International Film Festival’s top 100 Asian movies. The 20th Busan International Film Festival presented Asian Cinema 100 for the Special Programme in Focus this year to celebrate its history. The programme is a collaboration project between the film festival and the Busan Cinema Centre to shed light on the value of Asian films. Produced in 1993, the movie was about a little girl coming of age as a teenager and finding love with a pianist. The film was set in Saigon in 1950. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Camera Award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The movie ranks 66th on the Asian Cinema 100 list. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film among 100 best Asian films of all time

The film, "Mui Du Du Xanh" (The Scent of Green Papaya), by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung ranked 66

A Vietnamese flick has been listed among the 100 best Asian films of all time at a festival held in South Korea, Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said Wednesday on its website. th on the list of the 100 best Asian films of all time, recently released by the organizer of the Busan International Film Festival. The three best films on the list include "Tokyo Story" (1953) by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, "Rashomon" (1950) by Kurosawa Akira, and "In the Mood for Love" (2000) by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. Hung also ranked 40th on the list of the 100 best Asian filmmakers of all time, along with another Vietnamese director, Dang Nhat Minh, who stood at 62nd. According to the organizer, the list of the 100 best films will be updated every five years, with the aim of bringing global audiences a better understanding of the history of Asian cinema. The Busan International Film Festival takes place in South Korea from October 1 to 10. "Mui Du Du … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-French director joins Tokyo film fest jury

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Director Tran Anh Hung. File photo Vietnamese-born director Tran Anh Hung will join the jury of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) this year, organizers have announced. The jury for the 28th TIFF will be led by Bryan Singer. Norwegian director Bent Hamer, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, Danish director Susanne Bier, and Japanese director and screenwriter Kazuki Omori will also join. Hung broke through with "The Scent of Green Papaya" (1993), a Camera d’Or prize winner at Cannes 1993 and a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the same year. He now resides in France. Considered to be the leader of a wave of overseas Vietnamese directors, he has a particular connection to Japan. He directed "Norwegian Wood," a 2010 film based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Haruki Murakami. The ten-day festival starting from October 22 will open with "The Walk" by director Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and telling the true story of … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film listed among 100 best Asian films

'Mui Du Du Xanh' film is listed in the top 100 of best Asian films

‘Mui Du Du Xanh’ (the Scent of Green Papaya) and it’s director, Tran Anh Hung have been listed in the top 100 of all time in their respective categories of best Asian films and outstanding Asian Directors. The Busan International Film Festival is marking its 20th anniversary with the list based on a poll of 73 acclaimed filmmakers and critics. The film is a Vietnamese-language film produced in France in 1993 by Lazennec Productions, seeing stars actors Tran Nu Yen-Khe, Man San Lu, and Thi Loc Truong. It won the Camera d’Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French annual film award ceremony, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is also the director's first collaboration with Vietnamese composer Ton-That Tiet who would subsequently write the music for two more films: Cyclo and Vertical Ray of the Sun./. … [Read more...]

Vietnam sends lottery comedy ‘Jackpot’ to the Oscars, hopes for a win

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A still image shows actress Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc in Vietnamese comedy "Jackpot" Vietnam has selected "Trung so" (Jackpot), a film based on a true story of a lottery ticket seller, as its official entry for the foreign film category of the Oscars. The comedy, directed by Dustin Nguyen, stars Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Chi Tai and Nguyen himself, who is best known in the US as one of the stars of the original "21 Jump Street." "Jackpot" tells the story of a southern Vietnamese lottery ticket seller, who sets aside a few tickets that a delivery man has promised to pay for later. Dustin Nguyen (R) plays as Tu Nghia and actress Thu Trang, who plays as Tu Nghia's wife, in a scene of Trung so (Jackpot) When one of the tickets turns out to have the winning number, she decides to track him down to help him claim a cash prize of $300,000, instead of keeping the money for herself. The film was released in Vietnam in February during the Lunar New Year holiday. Vietnam has submitted 11 films to … [Read more...]

The Scent of Green Papaya’ listed among 100 best Asian films

(VOV) - The list of best Asian films of all time including a Vietnamese film has been published in the framework of the 20th Busan International Film Festival, which is taking place in the Republic of Korea on October 1-10. Accordingly, the Vietnamese film titled "Mui Du Du Xanh" (The Scent of Green Papaya) and its Vietnamese French director Tran Anh Hung have been listed among 100 best Asian films of all time and 100 outstanding Asian directors. "The Scent of Green Papaya" is a 1993 Vietnamese-language film produced in France by Lazennec Production, directed by Vietnamese French director Tran Anh Hung, and star Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, and Truong Thi Loc. The film won the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French annual film award ceremony, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Scent of Green Papaya was Tran Anh Hung's first feature film and starred his … [Read more...]

“Scent of Green Papaya” in the top 100 best Asian films of all time

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese names have been included on the lists of the 100 best Asian films of all time and 100 outstanding Asian directors. The lists of the best Asian films of all time and the 100 most outstanding Asian directors were released at the ongoing Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. The first place in the list of top 100 best Asian films of all time was "Tokyo Story" (1953) by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. The second and third places were "Rashomon" (1950) by Japanese director Kurosawa Akira and "In the Mood for Love" (2000) from Hong Kong, directed by Wong Kar-wai. "The Scent of Green Papaya" (1993) directed by Vietnamese-born Tran Anh Hung ranked 66th. The top three of the list of 100 best Asian directors included Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung and Vietnamese director Dang Nhat Minh ranked 40th and 62nd. The organizers of … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-French director to sit on Tokyo International Film Festival jury

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Vietnamese-French film director Tran Anh Hung has been chosen as a juror of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), to be held next month. Hung, who sat on the Cannes jury in 1996, has been considered at the forefront of the wave of overseas Vietnamese cinema in the past two decades. His films, which show profound contemplation of life in Vietnam, are both critically and commercially successful. His debut, "Mùi Đu Đủ Xanh" (The Scent of Green Papaya), earned the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French film awards ceremony. It was also nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Hung's next film, "Xích Lô" (Cyclo), which starred top Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai, also won a top prize at the 1995 Venice International Film Festival. In 2000, he had another film, "Mùa Hè Chiều Thẳng Đứng" (The Vertical Ray of the Sun), screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Ten years later, he adapted … [Read more...]

World famous Vietnamese origin actors/actresses

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(VOV) - Some Vietnamese origin actors/actresses are very well-known in the US and France. Pham Linh Dan Phạm Linh Đan (41 years old) is a French actress of Vietnamese descent. She is known most for her role as an orphan of the Nguyen Dynasty adopted by a French plantation owner in the 1992 Oscar-winning French epic Indochine, starring alongside Catherine Deneuve. Pham received a Cesar nomination for most promising actress for that performance. In 2005, Pham made a return to acting with her role in the BAFTA and Cesar winning French film The Beat That My Heart Skipped, opposite Romain Duris for which she was nominated again for the most promising actress Cesar award (and won). Her lines are spoken in Vietnamese, and though many people believe she plays a Chinese character because she is introduced by a Chinese musician friend who knows her from Beijing, in fact she plays a Vietnamese who studied music at the conservatoire in Beijing. In the film her friend claims that she can … [Read more...]

Wednesday November 19, 2014

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A: It's getting colder in Hanoi as we are at the beginning of winter. The average temperature these days is 25DC during the day and 20DC at night. As the season changes, warm, humid days alternate with cold days, making it easy for people, especially children, to catch a cold with annoying symptoms like coughing and a running nose. B: I think this weather is much better than it will be next month. From December to February, it will be colder with more rainy days. Gray will color the skies, streets, leafless trees, and houses. It's interesting to hear about weather changes in other parts of the world right now. Satoshi Nishioto in Fuchu city, Tokyo, says cool days have come to Tokyo because it's already the middle of autumn. Pak Ning Tjang told us that in North Sumatra, Indonesia, it's always raining and cloudy. … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (03-09-2014)

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Viet Nam will hold a film festival in France every July. It is the result of the first Viet Nam Film Festival, which was organised in Saint Malo last July by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Cinema Department in the framework of the Vietnamese Year in France. … [Read more...]

Vietnam film festival held in France

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The Hanoitimes - The festival will introduce 15 Vietnamese flims including features, documentaries and animations to French audiences on July 1-6. They include Choi Voi (Adrift), Mui Du Du Xanh (The Scent of Green Papaya), Mua He Chieu Thang Dung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun), Dong Duong (Indochina ), Khat Vong Thang Long (Thang Long), and Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burning Grass). Vietnamese films in different genres are being screened at the first Vietnamese Film Festival in the northwestern port city of Saint Malo, France, as part of activities in the framework of the Year of Vietnam in France in 2014. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 7/7

Vietnamese seafood banquet sets Asian record A seafood banquet - 777m in length- in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 5 for over 700 guests has set a record as Asia's longest ever. The food was awesome, with seven variants of seafood including crab, clams, oysters and snails,artfully arranged on each table. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, General Director of Asia Record Organization (ARO), attended the event, announcing his organisation's recognition of the party as the longest of its kind in Asia. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 5/7

Gukak Chungnam performs in Vietnam The Gukak Chungnam Orchestra from Cheonan City , the Republic of Korea, is due to stage a concert at HCM City's Ben Thanh Theatre on July 3. The ensemble will play traditional Korean music with common instruments such as Daegeum flute and Janggo drum. Korean artists will perform "Vietnam is my homeland" - a song composed by Do Nhuan, to deliver a message of Vietnamese people and beautiful landscape to international friends. On July 6, the orchestra will move to Hanoi to give a performance at the Au Co Art Performing Theater. … [Read more...]

First Vietnam Film Festival in France

The Saigon Times Daily Artists participating in the Film Festival in France include director - artist Th anh Van and her husband, artist Nhuan Giang; director Vu Dinh Tuan, Doan Minh Tuan, and others. Actors and actresses such as Truong Ngoc Anh, Hong Anh, Van Trang and Cam Lynh, as well as representatives from the Central Documentary and Science Film Studio, Giai Phong Film Studio, Vietnam Film Serial Studio, among others, will also participate in the this special festival. The Vietnam Film Festival will introduce to the public many cinema works, which have a variety of themes, and are rich in expression. Besides the new films, the festival will also introduce other old, yet valuable cinema films that are still popular. The above information is provided by Deputy Director of Cinema Department Do Duy Anh in a meeting with journalists on June 25, 2014. … [Read more...]