arts • 14 Mar, 2017
Watch: Vietnamese Films Not To Miss in 2017
Hollywood Blockbusters Aren’t The Only Thing On Screen This Year
While Kong has had a record-breaking opening weekend in Vietnam, big budget production values, established international stars and CGI mastery aren’t the only thing on offer at your neighbourhood cinema this year.
Vietnam’s local film industry is on the up and up, continuing to produce heart-warming tales and beautiful cinematography that is catching the attention of international festivals the world over. Do they have big budgets? No. Are the actors household names overseas? No. But do they have the potential to change the way you see life in Vietnam? Absolutely. Here’s our list of some of the more independent films being released by Vietnam filmmakers in 2017:
Da Co Hoai Lang
The interwoven lives of two best friends, who find themselves dealing with culture clash within their own family after escaping to the United States.
Director: Nguyen Quang Dung
Cast: Hoai Linh, Chi Tai, Will (365), Dinh Hieu, Thanh My, Trong Khang
Release date: 24/3/2017
The life and times of a group of transgender carnival workers. Expect high drama and a lot of laughs and tears.
An epic journey for a father and son from the country. An emotional buddy tale of a unique variety that has gained recognition internationally.
Director: Luong Dinh Dung
Cast: Tran Hanh, Ngo The Quan, Do Trong Tan
Release date: 5/4/2017
The Way Stations
Directorial debut for Pham Hong Anh, one of very few female directors in Vietnam.
Director: Pham Hong Anh
Cast: Pham Hong Phuoc, Nhan Phuc Vinh
Release date: TBA
Like An Old House
A young man is accused of killing his friend, tearing his family apart.
Director: Mai The Hiep - Binh Nguyen
Cast: Kim Xuan, Duong Cuong, Khac Minh
Release date: 5/5/2017
The Girl From Yesterday
Childhood crushes and innocent romance abounds in this adaptation of famous children’s author Nguyen Nhat Anh’s ‘The Girl from Yesterday’. Expect this one to be a tear-jerker.
Director: Phan Gia Nhat Linh
Cast: Miu Le, Ngo Kien Huy, Jun Pham, Chibi Hoang Yen
Release date: 21/7/2017
Action. Adventure. Romance. We think this one has something for everyone.
Director: Victor Vu
Cast: Cuong Seven, Nha Phuong
Release date: 29/9/2017
Words by AA