The Rebel to make global debut

April 17, 2007


HCM CITY — The Vietnamese action thriller The Rebel will make its world premiere today at the third biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) in Los Angeles, California.

Set in the early 20th century, the film follows young Cuong, who returns to Viet Nam after studying in France. He is employed by the French colonial army to carry out a secret mission, but in the process he meets and falls in love with Thuy, a female intelligence agent for the Vietnamese resistance army.

The Rebel stars renowned Vietnamese actor Nguyen Chanh Tin and his nephew, Johnny Tri Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American stuntman known for his acrobatic work in Spider Man 1 and 2.

Young model Ngo Thanh Van, the star of several action films, plays the intelligence agent.

The US$1.5 million film was produced last year by Chanh Phuong Film Studio, a private company in HCM City.

Organised by the Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association and the Vietnamese Language and Culture Centre at the University of California, Los Angeles, the 2007 ViFF will run from today to Sunday and April 19 to 27.

The festival will screen 13 features and 38 short films entered by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from around the world.

The Rebel will debut in Ha Noi and HCM City on April 27.

Going global

According to sources from Chanh Phuong, the distribution rights of The Rebel were sold to the Weinstein Company in the US, making the picture the first Vietnamese-made film to be marketed globally.

The Weinstein Company, an independent film and distribution studio, has distributed many well-known films including Derailed, Transamerica and Pulse.

The Rebel is also the first Vietnamese film to appear on the Internet Movie Database (, the world’s largest cinematic database. — VNS

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