Local film to be introduced to Japanese audience in mid-August

Director Phan Gia Nhat Linh’s film ‘The Girl From Yesterday’ has earned VND50 billion after just ten days since its release. Posters of the film ‘Girl From Yesterday’   The film is about school boys and girls, and their stories of love and compassion. It is based on the novel from the same name by Nguyen Nhat Anh, a best-selling author in Ho Chi Minh City. The book, published in 1990, has sold more than 200,000 copies. It has been used to teach Vietnamese at Moscow State University since 2012. The producers are hoping the film will be entertaining enough to lure away young audiences, particularly high school students, from Korean and American movies that dominate the local cinema. They have spent more than a year shooting the film, using high-tech equipment. In addition, another movie based on the novel by author Nguyen Nhat Anh, ‘I See Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass’, from director Victor Vu will be screened in Japan on August 19 with a view to bring Vietnamese culture closer to Japanese people. Based on the novel from the best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the film is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling the story of two young brothers who share everything, but compete for the affection of the same girl. The film was Vietnam’s only representative at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, which is part of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, this cinematic feature also attained the best film…... [read more]

Those remaining undecided over where to go this weekend should consider the following sites in HCMC for entertainment, shopping and food. Nguyen Van Binh Book Street (Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC) Nguyen Van Binh book street, adjacent to the landmark Central Post Office in downtown HCMC, is where bookworms come to find new books or have a cup of coffee on the weekend.  But this week visitors can watch a classical music performance by a group of high-school students who are currently active in the “Classics On The Go” Group from 10 a.m. until noon this Sunday.  Sharing the same passion for classical music, the students come from Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted in District 1, HCMC. HCMC Conservatory of Music (112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1, HCMC) The award-winning Notos Quartet from Germany will stage a special concert at the HCMC Conservatory of Music on August 5, according to the Goethe Institute in HCMC. The event is expected to feature masterpieces by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and legendary Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler, among others. Since its inception in 2007, the quartet has won the 2011 Parkhouse Award in London, first prize at the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition in China, and first prize at the 2017 International Chamber Music Competition Almere in the Netherlands.  The concert is jointly held by the the Goethe Institute in HCMC and the HCMC Conservatory of Music.   Tickets are now on available at https://ticketbox.vn/event/viennese-melange-65901/41898, with prices ranging from VND250,000…... [read more]

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street (Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC) Nguyen Van Binh book street, adjacent to the landmark Central Post Office in downtown HCMC, is where bookworms come to find new books or have a cup of coffee on the weekend.  But this week visitors can watch a classical music performance by a group of high-school students who are currently active in the “Classics On The Go” Group from 10 a.m. until noon this Sunday.  Sharing the same passion for classical music, the students come from Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted in District 1, HCMC. HCMC Conservatory of Music (112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1, HCMC) The award-winning Notos Quartet from Germany will stage a special concert at the HCMC Conservatory of Music on August 5, according to the Goethe Institute in HCMC. The event is expected to feature masterpieces by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and legendary Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler, among others. Since its inception in 2007, the quartet has won the 2011 Parkhouse Award in London, first prize at the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition in China, and first prize at the 2017 International Chamber Music Competition Almere in the Netherlands.  The concert is jointly held by the the Goethe Institute in HCMC and the HCMC Conservatory of Music.   Tickets are now on available at https://ticketbox.vn/event/viennese-melange-65901/41898, with prices ranging from VND250,000 to VND300,000. CGV Hung Vuong Plaza (126 Hung Vuong Street, District 5, HCMC) …... [read more]

Vietnam version of Broadway classic Chicago comes back in mid-AugustHoang Phong Young actors of the Buffalo Theatre Club will perform the Vietnamese version of Broadway classic Chicago in HCMC in mid-August - PHOTO: COURTESY OF BUFFALO THEATRE CLUB The Vietnamese version of Broadway classic Chicago will make a comeback in HCMC in the middle of this month, the Buffalo Theatre Club says in a statement sent to the Daily on August 1.  The Broadway-style show, directed by Nguyen Khac Duy, one of the founders of the Buffalo Theatre Club, was his final project at the University of Movie and Theater in HCMC. Chicago won the hearts of the judging panel at the 2013 Young Talent Stage Director Awards and brought Duy a consolation prize. Created in 1975, Chicago has become one of the longest-ever musicals in Broadway, New York and West End, London. Over the past 30 years, there have been many international versions of Chicago played worldwide. The Buffalo drama club is responsible for making the Vietnamese version of Chicago. Chicago is a story about night club chanteuse Roxie who kills her lover because of his abuse.  In jail, she meets fellow singer Velma who killed her husband and sister when she saw the two having sex in her house. Velma and Roxie compete with each other to win newspaper headlines, the heart of greedy lawyer Billy Flynn and tabloid editor-in-chief Mary Sunshine in order to get out of prison. As every conflict is performed through songs, their private…... [read more]

A scene in the movie (Source: thanhniennews.com) Tokyo (VNA) – Vietnamese movie “I see yellow flowers on the green grass” by director Victor Vu will be screened in Japan on August 19 with a view to bringing Vietnamese culture closer to Japanese people, heard a press conference in Tokyo on July 31. Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong said Vietnam annually screens around 300 foreign movies, including 10 Japanese ones. However, only few Vietnamese films hit cinemas in Japan, he noted. He hoped more Vietnamese films would come to Japanese people in the coming time. Based on the novel by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the film is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling the story of two young brothers who share everything, but compete for the affection of the same girl. It was listed among the top 10 outstanding cultural events in Vietnam and won the important Bong Sen Vang (Golden Lotus) prize at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival in 2015. The film was Vietnam’s only representative at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, which is part of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.  Besides this, it also bagged the best film award at the second Silk Road International Film Festival and the Golden Kite at the Vietnam Film Festival 2015. Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films, which handled international sales for the film, introduced the film at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.  The film…... [read more]

Angelina Jolie responded to growing backlash over the casting process for her latest film, saying she was "upset" that an improvised scene during auditions had been misconstrued as taking real money away from impoverished children. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Actor and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie attends a conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 15, 2017. In a Vanity Fair interview published last week about her film "First They Killed My Father," Jolie described a game played by the casting directors with the young Cambodian children auditioning for the lead role of Loung Ung. Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency, told Vanity Fair she looked for her lead star in orphanages, circuses and slum schools. In the casting, a child was placed in front of money on a table, asked to think of what they needed it for and to snatch it away. Jolie would then pretend to catch them, and the child would have to lie about why they stole the money. "I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario," Jolie, who directed the film, said in a statement on Sunday. "The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened." Users on social media slammed Jolie's casting game as cruel and exploiting impoverished children. Vanity Fair…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Two well-known movies from France and the USA will be introduced to Hanoian audience in the first week of August. A scene from “L’homme de Rio” “L’homme de Rio” (France, 1964, 112’) will be screened at the Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street on August 6 while "12 Monkeys" will be screened at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street (4th floor) on August 4. “L’homme de Rio” by director Philippe de Broca, casting Jean-Paul Belmondo, Françoise Dorléac, and Jean Servais is a crazy adventure film for the whole family. This fast-moving spoof of James Bond-type movies features striking location photography of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s nascent Brasília, and Paris. At the 37th Academy Awards the film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles. Tickets (VND60,000) are available at L’Espace. In August, a selection of movies with the best plot twists, including 12 Monkeys (1995), Primal Fear (1996), The Others (2001), The Usual Suspects (1995), Fight Club (1999), and Seven (1995) will be screened at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents. “12 Monkeys” will be the first movie to be introduced. “12 Monkeys” is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt, with Christopher Plummer and David Morse in supporting roles. After Universal Studios acquired…... [read more]

Two well-known movies from France and the USA will be introduced to Hanoian audience in the first week of August. A scene from “L’homme de Rio” “L’homme de Rio” (France, 1964, 112’) will be screened at the Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street on August 6 while "12 Monkeys" will be screened at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street (4th floor) on August 4. “L’homme de Rio” by director Philippe de Broca, casting Jean-Paul Belmondo, Françoise Dorléac, and Jean Servais is a crazy adventure film for the whole family. This fast-moving spoof of James Bond-type movies features striking location photography of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s nascent Brasília, and Paris. At the 37th Academy Awards the film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles. Tickets (VND60,000) are available at L’Espace. In August, a selection of movies with the best plot twists, including 12 Monkeys (1995), Primal Fear (1996), The Others (2001), The Usual Suspects (1995), Fight Club (1999), and Seven (1995) will be screened at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents. “12 Monkeys” will be the first movie to be introduced. “12 Monkeys” is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe,…... [read more]

SAN JUAN: Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit "Despacito" was filmed. A man takes a selfie in the Puerto Rican neighbourhood of La Perla, where the video for the pop hit "Despacito" was filmed. (Photo: AFP/Ricardo Arduengo) "The gringos are coming!" Outsiders were afraid to venture in before, but since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's megahit, tourists from all over the world are descending on the narrow streets that wind among La Perla's brightly colored houses. "Despacito?" they inquire. And the barrio's residents obligingly point out the locations where the video was filmed: The rocks facing the sea where Fonsi sings the refrain, the sea wall where ex-Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera strolls, the little plaza where men play dominoes - the tables and chairs just as they were in the video. With the video on the verge of becoming the most watched on YouTube (2.9 billion visits since January, fast approaching the 2.98 billion record held by Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again"), a barrio once burdened with a bad reputation is now a tourist hot spot. "I totally came for the tourist video," said Jennifer Adams, a 28-year-old middle school teacher from North Carolina. "I've seen the music video many times and I knew where I needed to…... [read more]

Director ​Nguyen Hong Anh of Vietnam delivers her speed after receiving the Special Jury Prize for her movie The Way Station at the Eurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan on July 28 (Photo coutersy of ​Nguyen Hong Anh) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Vietnamese movie The Way Station, directed by Nguyen Hong Anh, has grabbed the Special Jury Prize at the Eurasia International Film Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan. Among the nearly 300 entries in this year’s event, which closed on July 28, the selection of The Way Station in the final 12 itself was considered a miracle. “Each of these films had two screenings. The Vietnamese production lured filmgoers to fill the 209-seat room during both the screenings,” said Anh on her Facebook. Anh could watch only five out of the 12, but she said three of them were stunning. “To me, the presence of The Way Station at the festival, further from Southeast Asia, is already a big bonus. It would be a miracle if it can win here. I wish the movie crew would be here with me to call out Vietnam’s name,” she posted before the awarding day. The Way Station revolves around a small Vietnamese fishing village and the relationships between its inhabitants, each with their own inner struggles. The film’s screenplay was adapted from a short story by local author Do Phuoc Tien. “I am really happy because Eurasia is one of the leading festivals in the world, which saw the participation of famous…... [read more]




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