TV series on overseas Vietnamese to air next month

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A 36-episode TV series featuring the lives of Vietnamese living overseas will be broadcast next month on VTV1 from November 8. VNA Titled "Hai Phia Chan troi" (Two Sides of the Horizon), the drama shot in the Czech Republic and Vietnam is based on the novel "Mau Va Tuyet" (Blood and Snow) by Tran Hoai Van, who also wrote the screenplay for the series. With the main setting of the Vietnamese market in Praha, the film depicts how Vietnamese people earn a living far away from their homeland while preserving tradition and identity. Produced by Vietnam Television Film Center and directed by Tran Quoc Trong and Vu Truong Khoa, the VND11 billion (US$527,958) series features a number of well-known Vietnamese actors like Xuan Bac, Kieu Thanh, Manh Cuong, Le Vy, and Vu Long. Besides, foreign actors including Spanish model Andrea Aybar also star in the movie, with their voices dubbed into Vietnamese since they can't speak the language. "Hai Phia Chan Troi" will be broadcast at 8:05pm every … [Read more...]

‘Cai Luong Festival 2012′ to take place in Dong Nai Province

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'Cai Luong Festival 2012' will be organized in the southern province of Dong Nai from October 20 to November 3, in which 22 groups will perform in 27 stage plays. A scene from the play Vu Cat by Hoang Quynh Mai (Photo: SGGP) … [Read more...]

Vietnamese expats in East Europe on film

A scene in the film, "Hai phia chan troi". Source: NDDT

A 33-episode drama featuring lives of Vietnamese expatriates in Eastern European countries will be introduced to the audience late this year. Produced by Vietnam Television Film Center (VFC) and directed by Meritorious Artists of Tran Quoc Trong and Vu Truong Khoa, the drama is entitled Hai phia chan troi (Horizon Sides). It is based on the novel Mau va tuyet (Blood and Snow) by Tran Hoai Van, who also wrote the script for the drama, according to the local newspaper Nhan Dan (People). With main settings shot in Eastern European countries, including Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic, the film depicts endeavours Vietnamese people living abroad have made to make their ends meet as well as to preserve Vietnamese tradition and identity. Apart from Vietnamese actors, the participation of foreign casts will also help the audience understand how Vietnamese expats overcome differences in language, culture, customs and tradition in their host countries. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

National TV produces more films overseas

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HA NOI — Viet Nam Television (VTV) has made a lot of investment on shooting projects abroad, with participation from various foreign actors, despite current economic difficulties. Milestone movie: The film Hai Phia Chan Troi (Two Sides of the Horizon) was shot abroad with foreign actors and has set a record for the cost of a Vietnamese television programme. Hai Phia Chan Troi (Two Sides of the Horizon), to be released this November, has set the record for the most expensive VTV film to date. The project kicked off in March under direction of the Viet Nam Television Film Centre (VFC), and the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, where most of the filming took place, apart from some scenes captured in Viet Nam, Germany and Ukraine. The 33-minute initiative is based on the novel Mau Cua Tuyet (The Blood of Snow) written by Tran Hoai Van, a moving story about Vietnamese people who have to earn livings as migrants far from their homeland. Last year, Van and … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 29/3

VN's film to be shot in the Czech Republic Hai Phia Chan Troi (Two sides of the horizon) will be filmed in late March by the Vietnam Television Film Centre (VFC), Vietnam Television (VTV) and the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic. The content of the 33-episode film is based on a short story Mau Cua Tuyet (the blood of snow) written by Tran Hoai Van. This is a moving story about Vietnamese people who have to earn living far from the homeland. The President of the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, Hoang Dinh Thang, called on all Vietnamese residents to help the film crew from Vietnam. Thai billionaire releases second book in Vietnam Thai billionaire Vikrom Kromadit has just unveiled his second book, titled "Nghiet Nga va Thanh Cong" (Be A Better Man), in Vietnamese at a press conference held in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday. Unlike his first book, "Tay Khong Gay Dung Co Do" (Building A Career by Bare Hands), which was earlier released in … [Read more...]

“Two sides of the horizon” to be shot in the Czech Republic

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Hai Phia Chan Troi (Two sides of the horizon) will be filmed in late March by the Vietnam Television Film Centre (VFC), Vietnam Television (VTV) and the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic. The content of the 33-episode film is based on a short story Mau Cua Tuyet (the blood of snow) written by Tran Hoai Van. This is a moving story about Vietnamese people who have to earn living far from the homeland. The President of the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, Hoang Dinh Thang, called on all Vietnamese residents to help the film crew from Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Korea firms to jointly make soap opera

The Saigon Times Daily The serial drama, a joint effort between CJ E&M (South Korea) and Vietnam Television, tells a story about young people full of hopes about love and life. They are through the youthful time with lots of sad and happy memories, and failures and successes in life. Finally, they realize a simple thing that wherever you are or how successful you are, the motherland is an important place where everyone should head for if they are to enjoy peace and happiness. It will be filmed in Vietnam and South Korea over six months. Vietnam Television Film Center will send sound and film experts to Seoul to conduct the post production. After being broadcast in Vietnam and South Korea, the soap opera is expected to be on air in some Southeast Asian countries, and the U.S. through M Channel managed by CJ Group. … [Read more...]

26th December 2012

A: Welcome to VOV's Letter Box. This feature airs every Wednesday. First of all, on behalf of all the English section staff, we would like to say thank you for your best wishes and greetings to us on Christmas and New Year. Yesterday, one of our regular listeners from England, Edwin Southwell, phoned us to say best wishes for the New Year. It touched us so much. He said he had received our QSLs, our 2013 calendar, and some other gifts. We hope that, like Edwin, you've received everything you expected. … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s Old Quarter greets Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage Day

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Nhan Dan Online - Many activities will be held at four spots in Hanoi's Old Quarter from November 23-25 to mark Vietnam's Cultural Heritage Day (November 23, 2005 - 2012). … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 14/8

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Keum Gi Hyung honoured with cultural insignia The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has presented the "For the Cause of Culture, Sports and Tourism" insignia to Keum Gi Hyung, Director of the Republic of Korea Culture Centre in Vietnam. Keum Gi Hyung said during three years of living in Vietnam he was very impressed by recent cultural exchanges between the two countries in preparation for the London Olympics 2012. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese expats in Eastern Europe on film

A 33-episode drama featuring lives of Vietnamese expatriates in Eastern European countries will be introduced to the audience late this year. Produced by Vietnam Television Film Center (VFC) and directed by Meritorious Artists Tran Quoc Trong and Vu Truong Khoa, the drama is entitled Hai phia chan troi (Horizon Sides). It is based on the novel Mau va tuyet (Blood and Snow) by Tran Hoai Van, who also wrote the script for the drama, according to the local newspaper Nhan Dan (People Daily). With the main settings shot in Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic, the film depicts endeavours Vietnamese people living abroad have made to make their ends meet as well as to preserve Vietnamese tradition and identity. … [Read more...]

Vietnam animation films plagued by lack of imagination 

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Most end up being too short to be shown in cinemas, shallow, and supercilious Vietnamese animation producers churn out a solid number of films every year, and though these are yet to attain the appeal of Hollywood animation blockbusters, they are technically adequate and tell decent stories. The only problem is that they are too short: With the exception of Vietnam's first feature-length 3D animation movie Nguoi con cua Rong (Dragon's son), which was produced by the Vietnam Cinematography Association Film Studio in 2010 to commemorate Hanoi's 1,000th birthday, they are mostly just 10 to 15 minutes long. The "long" ones go on for up to 60 minutes. According to Pham Xuan Thach, an art studies instructor at the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities who will present a paper on the problems of the local animation industry at an upcoming national conference on cultural policies, this limited length makes it extremely difficult to screen Vietnamese animation films in either … [Read more...]

Shooting overseas, a breath of fresh air to local movies

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In recent years, several Vietnamese movies have been set in Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea or America and brought a change of scenery for local audiences. However several movie makers still face difficulties with low budgets and foreign laws for obtaining shooting permits. At the beginning of this year, Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) started to broadcast the TV series Tro ve (The Return), a romance between a Vietnamese Cambodian girl and a Vietnamese criminal, who escaped to the neighboring country. Besides a great plot, the movie's picturesque scenes of Cambodian nature and pagodas stunned local audiences. After such big success, Sena Films and director Viet Trinh continued to produce part two, featuring the natural and sparsely populated beauty of Laos, where a Vietnamese guy went to start a business and met a local girl. "Wherever I go, I meet another film crew. Some local settings have been exploited. We decided to go overseas to create a new TV series so that the audience will … [Read more...]

Bi, Don’t Be Afraid honored at Mediawave Film Festival

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Vietnamese movie Bi, Don't be Afraid (Bi, Dung So!), directed by Phan Dang Di, sparkled at the Mediawave International Film Festival in Gyor, Hungary with cameramen Pham Quang Minh honored with Best Cinematography Award in the Feature and Fiction category, reports VnExpress. This follows on from success at the 22nd Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden last year where the film won Best First Feature. A scene in the movie Bi, Don't Be Afraid by director Phan Dang Di … [Read more...]

“Bi, don’t be afraid” wins prize in Hungary

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VietNamNet Bridge - Director Phan Dang Di's first movie "Bi, don't be afraid" has won the Best Cinematography Prize at Hungary's Mediawave Film Festival. A scene from "Bi, don't be afraid" As the Vietnamese representative at this event, which took place from June 1-11, in Szombathely, "Bi, don't be afraid" won the Best Cinematography Prize in the Feature and Fiction category. After the Stockholm Film Festival in last November, this is the second time cameraman Pham Quang Minh received the Best Cinematography Prize for "Bi, don't be afraid". Mediawave Festival is among prestigious film and music festivals in Europe, which has been held annually in Hungary since 1991. Cameraman Pham Quang Minh This year the festival attracted 74 movies from many countries in the world. "Bi, don't be afraid" was screened on the second day of the festival (June 3). The highest prize of Mediawave Festival was presented to a Russian film "Silent Soul". The Vietnamese film is the only Asian movie that … [Read more...]

Media “scandals” in 2010

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VietNamNet's Vietnam Economic Forum (VEF) reviews the media sector in 2010. Alliance of six cinemas sue Megastar June 2009: Megastar started implementing the minimum film leasing price per each viewer (MPC), fixed at VND 25,000 dong (after tax) per ticket. It means that for each film distributed by Megastar, cinemas have to pay it VND25,000/ticket in the first weeks. To earn profit, cinemas have to fix minimal ticket price at VND50,000. This is too high for cinemas which focus on popular audience who have low and average income. March 1, 2010: six companies including the Saigon Movies JS Company (running the Cinebox Hoa Binh cinema in HCM City), Movie 212 JS Company (Cinebox Ly Chinh Thang in HCM City), Saigon Movie Media JS Company (Dong Da, Thang Long, Toan Thang, Vinh Quang cinemas in HCM City), Thien Ngan Movie JS Company (Galaxy cinemas), Hanoi Movie Co, Ltd. (Thang Tam cinema in Hanoi), Dong Nai Movie Distribution Centre (Thanh Binh and Song Pho cinemas in Dong Nai province) … [Read more...]

Tran Dang Tuan will take the post of AVG General Director

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VietNamNet Bridge - Former Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Television Tran Dang Tuan will take the post of General Director of AVG (Audio Visual Global JSC), President of AVG Pham Nhat Vu confirmed with the local press on December 18. The information has been confirmed by AVG and Tran Dang Tuan. However, Tuan did not say that he will surely take the post of general director assigned for him. He simply said that he will work for AVG. … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 14/8

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Keum Gi Hyung honoured with cultural insignia The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has presented the "For the Cause of Culture, Sports and Tourism" insignia to Keum Gi Hyung, Director of the Republic of Korea Culture Centre in Vietnam. Keum Gi Hyung said during three years of living in Vietnam he was very impressed by recent cultural exchanges between the two countries in preparation for the London Olympics 2012. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese expats in Eastern Europe on film

A 33-episode drama featuring lives of Vietnamese expatriates in Eastern European countries will be introduced to the audience late this year. Produced by Vietnam Television Film Center (VFC) and directed by Meritorious Artists Tran Quoc Trong and Vu Truong Khoa, the drama is entitled Hai phia chan troi (Horizon Sides). It is based on the novel Mau va tuyet (Blood and Snow) by Tran Hoai Van, who also wrote the script for the drama, according to the local newspaper Nhan Dan (People Daily). With the main settings shot in Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic, the film depicts endeavours Vietnamese people living abroad have made to make their ends meet as well as to preserve Vietnamese tradition and identity. … [Read more...]

Social News 21/12

A house submerged by flood waters in Tan Phuoc District, Tien Giang Province. Local authorities have failed to provide enough flood-proof housing for vulnerable residents.

USAID supports farmers to understand land rights The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a first-of-its-kind project worth US$800,000 in Vietnam to empower farmers, especially women, to enhance their access to land by increasing their awareness of existing land rights under current legislation. The two-year pilot project will help set up and train teams of grassroots community volunteers to assist farmers, particularly women, in the northern province of Hung Yen and the Mekong Delta province of Long An in improving their knowledge of land rights. In addition, the project will support the work of researchers to better understand documents and gender-specific barriers to realizing the land rights in rural areas. This project combines commune-level legal rights counseling and education with advocacy efforts with a focus on increasing the capacity of social and mass organizations to advocate for gender equitable implementation of land regulations, as well as … [Read more...]