Heavily-invested Vietnamese movie to join international film festival

April 7, 2007

10:24′ 05/04/2007 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge – US $1.5 million movie Heroic Blood will be screened on the opening day of the 2007 Vietnam International Film Festival, which is to start on April 12 in California, the US.

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Johnny Tri Nguyen and Ngo Thanh Van in Heroic Blood

Dong mau anh hung (Heroic Blood) was produced by Chanh Phuong Production Company, the president of which is famous Artist of Merit Nguyen Chanh Tin.

Producer Phan Nghiem, a member of the film team, said, “We wanted the movie to meet international image and sound standards so we were willing to invest much more than usual. That’s the only way to make the international film distribution market pay attention. That’s the only way to make the movie sell.”

In order to pull enough money to make the movie, Nguyen Chanh Tin and his three nephews including director Tawny Truc had to mortgage their houses to borrow money. “If we lose, we’ll have to rent some other places to live. But I’m confident that I won’t lose, and even will be able to build another floor on top of my current house,” said veteran actor Nguyen Chanh Tin.

Director Tawny Truc said, “The movie hasn’t been shown to the public, so it’s difficult to say anything now. But there is one thing we know for sure: we have chosen the right genre, martial arts/ action movies. Previous movies of the same type have shown that international audiences, especially young people, prefer films with more images than dialogues. Besides, Vietnamese martial arts aren’t very widely known in the world. So we hope the movie will bring audiences many surprises.”

After being screened at the festival, Heroic Blood will make its debut in Vietnam at the end of April.

Notes on the 2007 Vietnam International Film Festival (VIFF)

51 films, including 13 long movies and 38 short films, will take part in the festival. Of the 13 movies, 6 were produced in Vietnam: Chuyen cua Pao (Pao’s Story), Song trong so hai (Living In Fear), Hon Truong Ba da hang thit (Truong Ba’s Spirit in a Butcher’s Body), Hat mua roi bao lau (How Long Will Raindrops Fall), Ao lua Ha Dong (Ha Dong Silk Dress), and Heroic Blood. The remaining 7 were directed by Vietnamese directors in the US, Canada, Australia, Israel, and the Philippines.

The coming VIFF will take place from April 12 to April 22. With the theme Sharing Visions, VIFF 2007 will show through the big screen the experiences, feelings and lives of Vietnamese living in different parts of the world. The organisation committee hopes that through the language of cinema, Vietnamese thoughts and feelings will not only be listened to by the Vietnamese but also by people from different cultures around the world.

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