Size, intelligence, behaviour, rarity, how closely an animal resembles the human form all play a part in our reaction to various endangered creatures. — AFP Photos PARIS — The Chinese giant salamander, the largest amphibian in the world, is not cute. Weighing as much as an adult human, it has slimy brown skin, a giant mouth curled to a gormless grin, and puny, mistrustful eyes. It is also one of the world's most endangered species. And yet, unlike its compatriot the giant panda, the giant salamander rarely makes the news. Why do some animals strike a chord with humans, prompting them to donate millions towards their conservation, while others draw little more than disgust? And is a sad-eyed panda really worth saving more than a slimy salamander? Size, intelligence, behaviour, rarity, how closely an animal resembles the human form – all play a part in our reaction to various endangered creatures. "One of the biggest factors is 'cuteness': physical … [Read more...] about Cute or creepy: why humans love some species, loathe others
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Song Lang (The Tap Box) may be the first movie of Liên Bỉnh Phát but audiences have been left impressed considering it was such a tough role for a newcomer. The movie earned him Best Actor at the Golden Kite Award 2019 recently by Việt Nam Cinematography Association and Tokyo Gemstone for young actor at Tokyo International Film Festival last year. Phát spoke about the movie and his future plans. How were you chosen for the leading role and did you find it difficult? It took six months to cast. When I reached the last round, I did not dare to think I had gotten the part because I don’t think I performed well. Finally I was chosen. This was first my casting for a leading role. I think the main reason is that the director saw I suited the role. My acting is not so much the same technique as the other veteran actors but it's real and resembles the character. That's what the director needed for the movie. In addition, I am a new face which is also an … [Read more...] about Phát makes effort for first movie
Viet Nam News Action movie Hai Phượng (Furie) has reached VNĐ135 billion (US$5.8 million) in the box office two weeks after its release. It is the latest movie produced and starring Ngô Thanh Vân. She was awarded a certificate by Mayor Trí Tạ of Westminster City in California for her efforts to popular the Vietnamese movie to the world. Vân is one of a few actresses to enter into the Vietnamese action movie genre. She has had previous success in Bẫy Rồng (Clash); Dòng Máu Anh Hùng (The Rebel) and Lửa Phật (Once Upon a Time in Việt Nam). She is also the first Vietnamese actress to film in the US appearing in the block buster Star Wars - The Last Jedi in 2017. Phượng Đỗ interviews Vân about Furrie. Where did the idea for the movie come from? I had the idea of making a film about a kidnapping four years ago and I also wrote about seven scripts for the movie. Two … [Read more...] about Actress wants to promote action movie
The Hanoitimes - Hai Phuong or Furie is one of the rare, authentic cinematic examples where execution trumps originality. Vietnamese actress to be star in US’s movie Star Wars Vietnamese actress climbs to International Movie Database top 50 popular celebs "Hai Phuong” or “Furie” has become the first Vietnamese film to be released in the US, receiving significant compliments from movie-goers and critics. Poster of Hai Phuong - Furie. Photo: Young Folks “Furie” debuted in Vietnam on February 22, 2019 and brought about VND135 billion (US$5.87 million) after two weeks. The box office is estimated to exceed VND150 billion (US$6.72 million) in the domestic market and makes the movie among the top three all-time box office successes in Vietnam. “Furie” has caught public attention amid the domination of romantic and comedy genres (rom-com) in Vietnamese theaters for years. Screening … [Read more...] about Why is a Vietnamese movie accepted in US, Canadian theaters?
Viet Nam News Kaity Nguyễn earned her big break in the film Em Chưa 18 (Jailbait), which raked in VNĐ13 billion (US$570,000) in its first three days, making it the highest revenue-earner in early 2017. The movie also won her the Best Actress award at the 20th National Film Festival. After nearly two years, Kaity returns in her second motion picture Hồn Papa, Da Con Gái (Daddy Issues). Turning 19 in April, the young actress is one of the most promising prospects for Viet Nam’s film industry. An Thư interviews Nguyễn about her latest role. Many people thought you would take advantage of the success of Jailbait, but they have to wait nearly two years to see you in Daddy Issues. Why did you wait so long? I took a long break because I wanted to make something special. The first success put a lot of pressure on me, so I set a higher target for myself. When I returned, I could only be better and couldn’t go back. I received many scripts … [Read more...] about Award-winning actress stars in second movie