Film on late President’s activities in Thailand to be screened

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A scenery in the film (Photo: cinet.gov.vn) The screening of "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Thau Chin in Thailand) depicting the time late President Ho Chi Minh spent in Thailand will kick off a film week celebrating the 85 th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The 100-minute film, shot by the Vietnam Cinema Association, features revolutionary activities undertaken the late President, who was at the time known under the name Nguyen Ai Quoc, in Thailand during 1928-1929. The film week, which will run from January 30 to February 15 nationwide by the Cinematography Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, contributes to further popularising the nation’s history, culture as well as national sovereign and territorial integrity, said Ngo Phuong Lan, head of the Department. On this occasion, "Nguoi Tinh Nguyen" (The Volunteers) will be also screened, exclusively for ethnic minority people in far-flung areas and islands. The opening ceremonies will … [Read more...]

“Signing quickly”- that’s how reporter Mai Thuc Long worked

Reporter Mai Thuc Long, former Deputy General Director of VOV

(VOVworld)- Respecting the truth and expressing your true sentiments is the way reporter Mai Thuc Long, whose nickname is Hoang Phuong, wrote his stories. In late July 1987, after graduating from the Nguyen Ai Quoc School of Politics, I returned to work at the radio station. I wanted to come back to the Industry Section but Pham Mai Luan, Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of the Domestic Service said: "No, no. We sent you to study at the Senior Party School in order to assign you a new task. You can choose to work in one of the three Departments: Organization, Office or the Listeners' Department". I insisted that I wanted to be a reporter. Luan then said: "OK, then why don't you come talk to Mr. Long "Fire" after the regular meeting tomorrow" I knew Mr. Mai Thuc Long by name and by face but this was the first time I had heard his nickname "Long Fire". Mr. Long "fire" worked in a tiny room at the end of the second floor which could accommodate a few people and was piled high with … [Read more...]

Pre-1975 monuments in HCM City

Quach Thi Trang Statue in front of Tran Nguyen Han Monument.

VietNamNet Bridge - Many monuments built before the country’s unification in 1975 are located at HCM City’s most important traffic hubs. Emperor Quang Trung, real name Nguyen Hue (1753 - 1792), was the second emperor of the Tay Son Dynasty. He was a talented political leader with many nation-building reforms, a brilliant military leader with great victories in stabilizing the country and fighting foreign invaders. Kien Thuc … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Social News 25/12

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VN to compete in 24 skills at World Skills Competition With the sponsor for training contestants by businesses from Japan and the Republic of Korea, Viet Nam is going to compete in 24 among 50 skills at the 43th World Skills Competition which is taking place from August 11-16, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The information was announced at a signing ceremony between the General Department of Vocational Training and the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company in Ha Noi on December 24. According to Isao Mizuno, General Director of the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company, the company established the Denso Viet Nam Vocational Skills Training Institute to train outstanding staff, with a focus on practicing rather than teaching theories, for the company’s key positions in the future. This year, the company helps train six candidates to compete in skills of Japan’s strengths at the world competition. Two candidates were selected for further training in Japan for a year and in Brazil for two months to … [Read more...]

Human traffickers face 14-16 years’ imprisonment

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(VOV) - The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced Ngo Thi Lan, 44, and Tuong Dinh Thuong, 35, to 16 years and 14 years in prison, respectively, for human trafficking. Three accomplices included Tran Ngoc Quy, 44, and Pham Tuan Phuong, 52, who faced 12 years’ imprisonment, while Nguyen Van Vien, 44, was given 6 years in jail. Lan and Quy admitted that since February 2014 they had colluded with Thuong and Phuong in selling away three children. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12

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Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Film “Blind knight” awarded the most beloved prize

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PANO – The film "Blind knight" was granted with the prize for the most beloved film, voted by the audiences through Nam Viet Company’s switchboard, at a ceremony held on December 8th in Hanoi. "Blind knight" was among 40 films screened during the freshly-ended Hanoi International Film Festival that attracted a large number of audiences. … [Read more...]

Russian movie triumphs at Hanoi int’l film fest

Top prize: Russian actress Anna Levanova, representing the crew of Two Women, receives the Best Feature Film award at the third Ha Noi International Film yesterday.

VietNamNet Bridge – Russian film Two Women won the best feature film award at the third Ha Noi International Film (HANIFF) that closed in the capital city yesterday, Nov 27. Directed by Vera Glagoleva, the film is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, it tells the story of the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son's tutor. … [Read more...]

“Two Women” triumphs at Hanoi film fest

Actress Anna Levanova (Source: VNA) Russian film Two Women won the best feature film award at the third Hanoi International Film (HANIFF) that closed in the capital city on November 27. Directed by Vera Glagoleva, the film is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, it tells the story of the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son's tutor. The film has garnered high praise for its humanistic and artistic values, winning several awards at film festivals across Russia. … [Read more...]

Film festival attracts long queues

Movie-lovers wait to get tickets at the CGV Vincom City Tower, as the third Ha Noi International Film Festival gets underway. — Photo vietnamnet.vn Hundreds of people queued up at the National Cinema Centre to get free tickets to the third Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) from 9am November 25. Students, office workers and the elderly stood impatiently waiting for their turn to get the tickets. Many wished to watch the Vietnamese film Huong Ga (Rise), the only Vietnamese film to be shown on November 26 at the cinema, but tickets quickly ran out. … [Read more...]

First film project market opens in Hanoi

Vietnam’s first ever film project market is taking place in Hanoi on November 24 and 25 as part of activities of the third Hanoi International Film Festival 2014. Coorganized by BHD-Vietnam Media Corp and the Cinema Department, the market aims to provide a chance for filmmakers from Vietnam and other countries to introduce and promote their ideas to producers, distributors and potential investors. Ngo Phuong Lan, Director of Cinema Department said the event also hopes to attract international distributors and film festivals. … [Read more...]

Ha Noi fest to fete Asia-Pacific filmmaking

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The Hanoitimes - ​A total of 130 films from 32 countries and territories will be screened at the third Ha Noi International Film Festival (HANIFF). The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism organised the biennial festival, an important cultural event in the country that opened at the Friendship Cultural Palace here yesterday, to honour Asia-Pacific cinema and promote the development of co-operation and cultural exchange between filmmakers in the region and the world. "The film festival aims to honour excellent cinematic works of high humanity and artistic value. It's also an opportunity for Viet Nam's actors to enhance cultural and professional exchanges and learning experiences, contributing to the development of Viet Nam's cinema as well as the regional and international film industry in a new stage," said Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh. … [Read more...]

Hanoi fest to fete Asia-Pacific filmmaking

A total of 130 films from 32 countries and territories will be screened at the third Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF). The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism organised the biennial festival, an important cultural event in the country that opened at the Friendship Cultural Palace here on November 23, to honour Asia-Pacific cinema and promote the development of co-operation and cultural exchange between filmmakers in the region and the world. "The film festival aims to honour excellent cinematic works of high humanity and artistic value. It's also an opportunity for Vietnam's actors to enhance cultural and professional exchanges and learning experiences, contributing to the development of Vietnam's cinema as well as the regional and international film industry in a new stage," said Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh. … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online and print newspapers for a variety of offences dealing with incorrect information. … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host int’l film festival

Indie film: A scene from director Mel Chionglo's feature film Lauriana, one of six independent works from the Philippines to be screened at the 3rd Ha Noi International Film Festival. - Photo courtesy of the filmmakers

VietNamNet Bridge - Hundreds of films from 32 countries and territories will vie for the Best Work award at a large-scale fete next month. The third Ha Noi International Film Festival, Cinematography - Integration and Sustainable Development, will run from November 23 to 27. All participating films will be screened at the National Cinema Centre, August Cinema, Kim Dong Cinema, CGV Vincom Centre, and CVG Mipec Tower. … [Read more...]