Box-office flops still the norm

Grim picture: Dustin Nguyen in Lua Phat (Once Upon A Time). Although the movie has been hailed by critics, it has struggled to generate sales at the box office. — File Photo

Not all private studios are reaping the gains of making blockbusters HCM CITY (VNS) — With a desire to make quality films and earn high profits from commercially successful movies, many private studios have produced more feature films for local cinemas. However, after failing to sell tickets for some of these films, producers are beginning to realise it's a risky business. Private studios have released many interesting films, most of them entertainment, in recent years. Their films with … [Read more...]

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Lucrative comedies to fill screens for Lunar New Year

As the Lunar New Year approaches, studios plan to churn out lighthearted comedies, which are cheap to make and consistently turn a profit, rather than more challenging dramas or other kinds of features. Film producers plan to release more comedies during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, as they have become more popular in recent years. The comedy "Nha co nam nang Tien" (Five Fairies in the House), for example, has brought more than 52 billion VND (2.4 million USD) to Song Vang Film … [Read more...]

Lucrative comedies to fill screens for Tet

Comedy gold:With a cast of well-known singers and comedians, Five Fairies in the House raked in the highest turnover for any film produced in Viet Nam. — File Photo

As the Lunar New Year approaches, studios plan to churn out lighthearted comedies, which are cheap to make and consistently turn a profit, rather than more challenging dramas or other kinds of features. Film producers plan to release more comedies during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, as they have become more popular in recent years. The comedy Nha Co Nam Nang Tien (Five Fairies in the House), for example, has brought more than VND52 billion (US$2.4 million) to Song Vang Film Production … [Read more...]

Competitors for the Golden Kite Awards 2013 announced

"Scandal" is one of two films by Victor Vu that will compete   for the Golden Kite Awards this year.

VietNamNet Bridge - In the list of 10 movies nominated for the Golden Kite Award 2013 there are not the films that were released during the lunar New Year holiday, which earned very high revenue. The ten nominees include: "Dam Me" (Passion) by Phi Tien Son, Cat Nong (Hot Sand) by Le Hoang, "Cuoi Ngay Keo Lo" (Marry Me Soon) by Charlie Nguyen, "Lac Loi" (Lost) by Nhue Giang, "Danh Cho Thang Sau (For June) by Nguyen Huu Tuan, "Gia Su Nu Quai" (Female Tutor) by Le Bao Trung, Scandal - Secrets of … [Read more...]

Films compete for Golden Kite award 2013

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(Cinet) - On February 26, Vietnam Cinematography Association announced the list of plastic film competing for the Golden Kite award 2013. The ten nominees include: "Dam Me" (Passion) by Phi Tien Son, Cat Nong (Hot Sand) by Le Hoang, "Cuoi Ngay Keo Lo" (Marry Me Soon) by Charlie Nguyen, "Lac Loi" (Lost) by Nhue Giang, "Danh Cho Thang Sau (For June) by Nguyen Huu Tuan, "Gia Su Nu Quai" (Female Tutor) by Le Bao Trung, Scandal - Secrets of the Red Carpet by Victor Vu, "Thien Menh Anh Hung" … [Read more...]

Golden Kite Awards 2013 attracts 11 feature films

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Nhan Dan - Eleven feature films will compete for the prestigious Golden Kite Awards 2013, which will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on March 9 as an event to mark Vietnam Cinematography Day (March 15). The 11 entries include Cat Nong (Hot Sand), Dam Me (Passion), Cuoi Ngay Keo Lo (Marry Me Soon), Lac Loi (Lost), Danh Cho Thang Sau (For June), Scandal - Secrets of the Red Carpet, Lay Chong Nguoi Ta (In the Name of Love), Gia Su Nu Quai (Female Tutor), Nha Co Nam Nang Tien (The Family with … [Read more...]

Vietnamese movies enjoy Tet box office success

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My Nhan Ke (The Lady Assassin), a 3D Vietnamese martial arts film featuring local models, pocketed VND 35 billion (US$ 1.7 mil) in revenue by Feb 13, according to its distributor. Out of the ten movies which hit local screens this Tet, only four are Vietnamese flicks. However, they have been big hits with local audiences. According to My Nhan Ke’s distributor, the flick has been able to earn so much because it was released in both 2D and 3D, with tickets for 3D usually costing twice … [Read more...]

HCM City studios vie for holiday patrons

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HCM CITY (VNS)- Private film producers in HCM City are working hard to release new productions for the festive season during Tet (Lunar New Year), creating a stiff competition in domestic market. Thien Ngan Film Studio spends VND17 billion (US$800,000) on their first 3D production, My Nhan Ke (Beauty Trap).—Photos Galaxy Studio Leading companies Thien Ngan (Galaxy) Film Studio and Phuoc Sang now must compete with newcomers in the market, Century Star and Song Vang Production. According to … [Read more...]

Filmmakers compete for the limelight this holiday season

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HCM CITY (VNS)- Private film producers in HCM City are working hard to release new productions for the festive season during Tet (Lunar New Year), creating a stiff competition in domestic market. Leading companies Thien Ngan (Galaxy) Film Studio and Phuoc Sang now must compete with newcomers in the market, Century Star and Song Vang Production. According to Song Vang Production, the firm's Nha Co Nam Nang Tien (Family with Five Fairies) has been successful because of its comedic flair. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese movies woo foreign fans

The film Ao Lua Ha Dong (Photo: VNS) Local studios that have poured millions of US dollars in recent films are seeking foreign companies to distribute their films globally with the hope of recouping their initial investments. Ao Lua Ha Dong (The White Silk Dress), with a budget of 1 million USD (16 billion USD), has been sold to distributors in Republic of Korea and Taiwan, according to Phuoc Sang Film Studio, which produced the film. The film won the Qudience Award at the International Film … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 3/7

Vietnamese photographer wins gold medal in Paris awards Vietnamese photographer Tran Viet Van has won a gold medal at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) 2014 for a series of five photos featuring war soldiers. A press release announced the names of the winners this morning. Besides the gold medal in the Portraiture - Other - P category, Vans set of photos entitledWar Commander at Time of Peacealso received a bronze medal in the Press - Other category. Both categories are meant for … [Read more...]

Showbiz stars’ struggles get a TV series

One step: Singer Yen Trang (right) in the 30-episode TV series Buoc Nhay Hoan Vu, which begins on VTV3 on July 8. - Photo courtesy of Cat Tien Sa Company

HCM CITY - A series on the struggles and tribulations entertainers overcome to become stars begins next week on Viet Nam Television. … [Read more...]

Cash witches in Vietnamese cinema – P1

In the past, film makers received monthly wages and royalties from film studios to produce movies that were sponsored by the state, shown just few times in the cinema, and then stored in the library permanently. Comedian Thai Hoa in his second blockbuster "Long Ruoi" (Big Boss) The time of such subsidies has passed. Vietnamese moviemakers now focus on profits as their top priority, and an individual's effort is calculated by how much money one brings to a film, rather than art … [Read more...]

Festival to honour national cinema

Seventeen films will compete for the Golden Lotus award at the 17th National Film Festival to be held in the central province of Phu Yen next month. Themed "For a Renovated and Integrated Vietnamese Cinema", the festival will run from December 15-17. The films are set to be diversified and distinct, with little difference between those produced by private studios and State-owned facilities. "The festival will erase the preconception that films produced by State-owned studios are main stream … [Read more...]

Box office reality bites filmmakers hard

A scene from Lua Phat (Once Upon a Time in Vietnam), a highly anticipated action fantasy which grossed one third of its US$1.42 million investment after premiered last August

This year's much-anticipated action fantasy, "Lua Phat" (Once Upon a Time in Vietnam), which premiered last August, has brought back just one third of its US$1.42 million investment. Yet, this is better than nothing. It could have been worse. The $500,000 action flick about gang fights in Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown, "Bui doi Cho Lon," ended up being banned from screens in June after the censors found it too violent, even after the main slashes were cut. "Duong dua" (The Race), the next big … [Read more...]

Holiday movie fare conquers box office

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Many private studios that spent a fortune on trailers and TV and newspaper advertisements before they released films for Tet (Lunar New Year holidays) have hit the jackpot. Winning formula: Thien Menh Anh Hung (Born to Be a Hero), a kung-fu film co-produced by the Saiga and Phuong Nam studios, was released during Tet. — File Photo Phuoc Sang Entertainment Company's full-length comedy Hello Co Ba (Hello Ms Ba), for instance, raked in VND25 billion (US$1.2 million) at the box office in just … [Read more...]

Records Get Due Recognition

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The Viet Nam Book of Records (Vietbooks) hosted the fifth Viet Nam National Record Holders Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday September 10. The occasion was used to announce the formation of the Viet Nam National Record Holders Club and the 2007 plans of Vietbooks and the Phuoc Sang Entertainment Company for promoting record-setting feats. Among the 33 individual and group recipients of the Certificates of Viet Nam Record and trophies were Professor Tran Van Khe, cosmonaut Pham Tuan and the … [Read more...]

Famous Korean actors to join HCMC charity football game

A group of famous South Korean actors will arrive in Vietnam to take part in a friendly football game this Saturday, July 30 at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium to raise money for Agent Orange victims. Fan can still get their free tickets to the charity football game at the Saigon and Nam Quang Theaters. Twenty-four Korean actors including Lee Deok Hwa, Kim Se Jun, Lee Han Ewi, Baek Joon Gi, Song Kyung Chul and Kim Hyeong Il, who have become familiar faces with Vietnamese television … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 3/7

Vietnamese photographer wins gold medal in Paris awards Vietnamese photographer Tran Viet Van has won a gold medal at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) 2014 for a series of five photos featuring war soldiers. A press release announced the names of the winners this morning. Besides the gold medal in the Portraiture - Other - P category, Vans set of photos entitledWar Commander at Time of Peacealso received a bronze medal in the Press - Other category. Both categories are meant for … [Read more...]

Showbiz stars’ struggles get a TV series

One step: Singer Yen Trang (right) in the 30-episode TV series Buoc Nhay Hoan Vu, which begins on VTV3 on July 8. - Photo courtesy of Cat Tien Sa Company

HCM CITY - A series on the struggles and tribulations entertainers overcome to become stars begins next week on Viet Nam Television. … [Read more...]