• Anh Hung Tran – La femme mariée de Nam Xuong (1989)

    1981-1990Anh Hung TranAsianShort FilmVietnam

    this one was the mandatory project every cinema student has to make at the end of his studies. Also based on a vietnamese tale , image seems to be transfered from a videotape, not fantastic quality, but I presume you’ll never see it in better form…
    Anyway, it’s also the first apparition of the incredibly beautiful Yen-Khe Luguern …a few years before she married Tran Anh Hung… that’s enough for meRead More »

  • Anh Hung Tran – Mùa hè chieu thang dung AKA The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)

    1991-2000Anh Hung TranArthouseDramaVietnam

    With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so it appears). The youngest sister is single and living with her cute older brother, whom she is desperately in love with. A second sister is married to a man who has another woman and child elsewhere whom he loves just as much as his wife -with a few conditions, she agrees to carry on with the marriage. The third sister and her husband are overjoyed to discover she is pregnant, and though he is tempted, her husband remains loyal to her. Charming, slow-paced, face value, family saga film.Read More »

  • Nhat Minh Dang, Duc Hinh Nguyen – Chi nhung aka Miss Nhung (1970)

    Nhat Minh Dang1961-1970DramaDuc Hinh NguyenVietnamWar

    During the General offensive of Spring 1968 in Saigon, there is a communications girl who guides Vietnamese soldiers to fight with the enemy. Tam Son recognizes her as “little Nhung” a girl he knows. At just 10 years old, Nhung’s father went to the North and her mother was killed by the enemy. Nhung had to become a maid for a rich family, who also employed Tam Son to tutor their children.Read More »

  • Thao Nguyen Phan – Becoming Alluvium (2019)

    2011-2020Short FilmThao Nguyen PhanVietnam

    Resplendent watercolor animations and understated images of daily life meld to yield a meditation upon Vietnam’s turbulent history through the figure of the Mekong River.Read More »

  • Bao Le – Vi AKA Taste (2021)

    2021-2030Bao LeDramaVietnam

    Bassley, a Nigerian footballer living in Vietnam, has been unable to make a living since he broke his leg. He and four middle-aged women he sometimes works for decide to escape the disappointment of their daily lives. They go to an old house where together they create a special world for themselves. But this intimate utopia cannot last forever.Read More »

  • Pham Ngoc Lan – Chuyên moi nhà AKA The Story of Ones (2011)

    2011-2020Pham Ngoc LanShort FilmVietnam

    The Story of Ones gives a face and a sense of place to the unseen and offers a personal counterpoint to the officially sanctioned. Like entering a roomful of stories, the viewer steps into an unfamiliar space guided only by the sound of the Vietnamese state radio tuning in to lifestyle programming, call-in shows and radio dramas. Portraits of daily life are layered atop the aural landscape creating questions and humorous situations and offering the viewer whole new perspectives on what once seemed normal.

    Utilizing the banality of Vietnamese state radio broadcasts, this short film gives a face and a sense of place to the unseen and offers a personal counterpoint to the officially sanctioned.Read More »

  • Nhat Minh Dang – Co gai tren song aka The Girl on the River (1987)

    Nhat Minh Dang1981-1990DramaVietnamWar

    After the liberation of the South, Nguyet, a prostitute on the Huong river tries to find a revolutionary she had rescued from the enemy. She hopes to find him again.

    Source adapted from: Viet Nam Film Institute, (2008). Catalogue of Vietnamese Awarded Films (1949-2005). Ha Noi: Viet Nam.Read More »

  • Stephane Gauger – Owl and the Sparrow aka Cu va chim se se (2007)

    2001-2010DramaStephane GaugerVietnam

    It is a rare opportunity to choose one’s family, but when young orphan Thuy becomes fed up with her circumstances she creates her own fate in Owl and the Sparrow.

    Not satisfied with working at her uncle’s bamboo blind factory, Thuy hits road and river to find her fortune in Saigon. Busy streets swarm with bicycles and peddlers of infinite goods, and the young girl is soon advised by the experienced children of the street. The local triteness of her situation is unnerving, and few blink at her circumstances — except for despondent flight attendant, Lan, who takes Thuy under her broken wing.Read More »

  • Nhat Minh Dang – Bao gio cho den thang muoi AKA The Love Doesn’t Come Back (1984)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaNhat Minh DangVietnam

    In the final days of the war, a beautiful young widow, Duyen, faces a daily struggle to take care of her young son and ailing father-in-law, all the while hiding from them the fact that her husband has recently been killed in battle. Keeping her secret burden to herself, she is befriended by the village schoolmaster, Zhang, who agrees to fabricate letters from her dead husband in order to spare her family sorrow. As their friendship deepens, Duyen and Zhang find themselves drawn closer to intimacy – a dangerous relationship if Duyen if to maintain her charade.Read More »

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