Producers promise Vietnamese films coming into their own
March 9, 2007
Homegrown film makers are promising an action-packed year with more films shot using state-of-the-art equipment, featuring great performances and cinematography.
Luu Phuoc Sang, head of Phuoc Sang Film Production Company – the most successful producer last year said his company was going ahead with its US$4 million horror film Muoi – a cooperative product with its Korean partner Bily Pictures.
Phuoc Sang’s Ao Lua Ha Dong (The White Silk Dress), a US$2 million, five-year production – the most expensive film ever for Vietnam that utilized the ‘flying-cam’ technique won the audience voted prize at the Busan International Film Festival 2006.
Phuoc Sang said he had invited Vietnamese overseas director Luu Huynh for another movie named Yeu (Love), with shooting to start this summer.
Sang added that his company was making three features – Bo lac sieu nhi (The super-tiny tribe), 9 nut (Nine points) , Chuot (Mouse) for the next Tet Lunar New Year holiday.
Phuoc Sang’s counterpart, Sena Film, is busy choosing actors and actress and shooting sites for the new film – Nhung chiec la thoi gian (The leaves of time).
Vimax Films, owned by Ngo Quang Hai – director of Vietnamese best film 2006 Chuyen cua Pao (Pao’s story) – is targeting his new production Mua he lanh leo (Cold summer) – the most anticipated film this year.
Head of state-owned Giai Phong Film Production Company – Le Duc Tien expressed his eagerness for the new film year.
“We will make several films for summer and next Tet holiday” while fulfilling last year’s projects – Gia mua mot thuong de (The cost of buying a God) , Trang noi day gieng (Moon in the bottom of the well),” Tien said.
During the Tet holiday last month, the latest offering from Phuoc Sang – Vo Lam Truyen Ky (Swordsman) – bagged some VND18 billion ($1.12 million) in ticket sales.
Reported by Tram Anh – Compiled by Luu Thi Hong