Overseas Vietnamese actors return home for roles
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Johnny Tri Nguyen.

VietNamNet – Recently, many overseas Vietnamese actors have been returning to Vietnam to take roles. How have they been received?


Recently, names such as Johnny Tri Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen, Helen Thanh Dao, and Nguyen Van Long have appeared in local newspapers. They are new faces in the national cinema industry.


Johnny Tri Nguyen, a professional cascadeur in Hollywood, is perhaps the “noisiest” case. Nguyen’s voice appears continuously in the media, together with his first film in Vietnam, Hon Truong Ba Da Hang Thit (Truong Ba’s soul in the butcher’s body).


As Tri Nguyen revealed, his main target in returning to Vietnam was to produce his own film, Dong Mau Anh Hung (Hero’s Blood), which will be based on the Vietnam-France war in 1930. It will be produced as a Hollywood action film.


Tri Nguyen said that another actor, Dustin Nguyen, will also be in Dong Mau Anh Hung. Dustin Nguyen is the son of actor Xuan Phat and dancer My Le, who were famous in HCM City in the 1970s. Dustin Nguyen has been working as a director for 20 years. The two are both expected to become domestic stars.


Model/actress Helen Thanh Dao is another artist performing in domestic films. But unlike Tri Nguyen and Dustin Nguyen, Thanh Dao does not have any acting experience.


Fortunately, just a few months after returning to Vietnam, she received two important roles from local film producers. According to the predictions of directors, Thanh Dao will soon be a movie star in Vietnam.


Tri Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen, and Thanh Dao are the most recent overseas Vietnamese actors to return to Vietnam. A few years ago, Vietnamese-Norwegian model Ngo Thanh Van returned home. She soon became a queen on local catwalks, and a famous movie and music star. In 2004, Van took a role in an Asia MTV Television serial film. Van will also take a leading role in Tri Nguyen’s film Dong Mau Anh Hung.


Domestic cinema is also attracting other overseas Vietnamese actors, such as Nguyen Van Phuong, Trizzi Phương Trinh, Miss Vietnam in Australia, Duy Thanh Lap, and others.


According to experts, Vietnam cinema lacks performers. Overseas Vietnamese actors promise to solve the problem. They earn faith from local directors with their professionalism and international knowledge. They also do well in scenes involving driving or martial arts, which are weaknesses of local actors.


Now, many Vietnamese private film companies are planning to invite overseas Vietnamese actors to participate in their projects.


(Source: TN)

Wells Fargo Supports the Most Significant Vietnamese American National Event
Wednesday March 22, 9:00 am ET

‘3rd Annual Golden Torch Award – Bridging Endless Possibilities’

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG) has now become an annual tradition and is proud to present its Title Sponsor, Wells Fargo Bank, for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award ceremony. Viet Heritage Society will host the black-tie Gala dinner on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the majestic Westin St. Francis Hotel in the heart of San Francisco, CA.”Wells Fargo is proud to be this year’s Title Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award in conjunction with the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage,” said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo’s Santa Clara Valley Community Regional President. “Through our involvement, we hope to bring greater visibility of the progress of the Vietnamese American community, while honoring distinguished individuals for their contributions through VANG’s annual celebrations.”

Ryan Hubris, Executive Director for VANG, foresees an even brighter and more successful future with the involvement of its new sponsor. “We are honored to have Wells Fargo as our Title Sponsor for this year’s event because it plays a significant role for our organization and community outreach,” he remarked. “Wells Fargo’s participation enables us with endless opportunities and opens the next chapter for VANG. We are proud to show how far our community has come and how much more we may accomplish by working together.”

The 3rd Annual Golden Award Gala dinner is part of a four-day celebration which includes the VANG Celebrity Golf Classic and the San Francisco City Hall Reception on Thursday, May 4, 2006; VANG Leadership Conference, the Napa Valley Wine Tasting & Tour, and VANG Welcome Reception on Friday, May 5, 2006; San Francisco City Tour and Gala dinner on Saturday, May 6, 2006; and a Sunday Farewell Brunch.

VANG is the premier Vietnamese American gathering in the nation. VANG is the Vietnamese American community’s version of the Oscar®, but it has a broader scope in recognizing professional achievements and community contributions. The black-tie dinner gala brings together nearly a thousand Vietnamese American luminaries, elected officials, corporate sponsors, and community and business leaders, to honor some of America’s best and brightest.

Viet Heritage Society (VHS) is the host of VANG and it is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in San Jose, CA. Its mission is to preserve and promote Vietnamese culture and history through the establishment of cultural venues and educational programs that foster community understanding and appreciation. VHS is currently developing the first Vietnamese Heritage Garden in the nation. The ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Kelley Park in San Jose, CA.

For additional information on VANG, please visit www.vangUSA.com or contact Ryan Nguyen Hubris or Angie Pawlicki at (408) 270-8000, or at info@vangUSA.com.