Trung Rwo
Writer; Vietnam

Vietnamese Musical THE TALENT Surprisingly Wins Golden Kite Award

The Golden Kite Award (usually called the Oscar of Vietnam) has officially announced the winner. The Talent (original titled Thần Tượng) by first-time director Nguyen Quang Huy surprised everyone with six awards, including "Golden Kite for Best Feature Film",... More »
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Victor Vu's VENGEFUL HEART Becomes Vietnam's Highest-Grossing Film Ever

After just 3 days on release, Vengeful Heart (Quả Tim Máu) has broken many cinema records in Vietnam. Taking VND24 billion (US$1.14 million), equivalent to 300 thousand moviegoers, the latest thriller of Victor Vu has become the highest-grossing movie of... More »
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Water Floods First Teaser For Vietnamese Sci-Fi NUOC (2030)

Today, the first teaser trailer for Vietnam sci-fi surprise Nước (2030) arrived on its official Facebook page. With more hints provided in the international poster, the trailer shows footage of two people swimming under the water. This is the first... More »
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Watch The Creepy Full Trailer For Victor Vu's A VENGEFUL HEART

The first official trailer for A Vengeful Heart (a.k.a A Bloody Heart) is out now with English subtitles, showcasing the return of Victor Vu to his favorite genre. With the complete trailer, viewers will get an overview about the film as... More »
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Catch First Glimpse Of Victor Vu's Thriller A VENGEFUL HEART

Wrapping up principal photography on August 28, the latest thriller flick of Victor Vu titled A Vengeful Heart released behind-the-scenes footage today, showing how a good thriller looks. The production design looks both haunting and beautiful, the location set is... More »
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Every Man For Himself As The Women Strike Back In First Teaser For Victor Vu's BATTLE OF THE BRIDES 2

A new trailer for the sequel to Vietnamese rom-com hit Battle of the Brides arrived today, featuring a ton of surprises. The scope of the sequel expands this time out moving from a clash between four girls and their unknowingly... More »
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Dustin Nguyen's ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM Is Coming To America

Once Upon A Time in Vietnam (original title: Lửa Phật) has been picked up by Grindstone Entertainment Group (in charge of marketing) in conjunction with Lionsgate (releasing). The negotiation has ended after Lionsgate and GrindStone saw the theatrical version of... More »
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Sono Sion Goes Gonzo Comedy With New WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL Trailer

A new trailer for Sono Sion's long awaited - and soon to premiere in Venice and Toronto - Why Don't You Play In Hell dropped today, along with a full synopsis. Judging by the trailer this newest effort looks somehow... More »
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People Sterilized For Cash In New Vietnamese Film Project

Actress Hai Yen - internationally known for The Quiet American and Adrift - will return to the big screen in the new movie by auteur director Phan Dang Di, Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories. The second film directed by Phan... More »
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Fingers Point In All Directions Over Leak Of Banned Vietnamese Film CHO LON

Ten days after the leak of Cho Lon nothing appears clear here in Vietnam. Immediately following the banned film's appearance on the internet production company and distributor Galaxy Film JSC sent a letter to the authorities to denounce and suggest an investigation... More »
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Johnny Nguyen's Banned CHO LON Is (Briefly) Leaked Online

[As a further FYI on this story, Twitch has learned that the version leaked was NOT the original, director's cut of the film but one of the subsequent re-edits with a great deal of violence removed in an attempt to... More »
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Vietnam Plans to Top Southeast Asia's Film Industry By 2020

There's no sarcasm here. Vietnam's Department of Cinema has announced a plan to make the local film industry the leading one in Southeast Asia by 2020, but experts have called it wishful thinking. The conference was organized to collect opinions... More »
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Review: Shinkai Makoto's GARDEN OF WORDS Is Cheesy, But Has Heart

Promoted as a feature-length film, Shinkai Makoto's Garden of Words surprisingly only lasts 46 minutes. However, it was enough for the director to portray human emotions as well as understand the purpose of relationships.The word "love" in modern Japanese is "ai", but in... More »
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Watch The Bloody Trailer For Previously-Blocked Vietnamese Action Film THE RACE

If you read about the case of Cho Lon, you'll know The Race. It's another violent film that was initially blocked and was asked to edit some scenes like Cho Lon was, but it wasn't banned. The crew of The Race... More »
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THE GRANDMASTER VFX Featurette Shows Ziyi Zhang Fighting With Style

Soon to be released in America, a new featurette for The Grandmaster dropped today, showing how the masters fight in snow with the help of VFX. While you won't see Tony Leung Chiu Wai here, Ziyi Zhang shines in this... More »
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Vietnamese Directors Speak Out On CHO LON and Censorship

The banning of the Nguyen brothers' Cho Lon caused extreme rage in Vietnam yesterday. And not just for filmmakers or film geeks, but all over the country; I haven't seen anything like this before. Previously banned films came and went... More »
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Johnny Nguyen's CHO LON Banned in Vietnam, Rest Of World To Miss Out

It sucks, I know, but it's official. According to the Vietnam Film Department, Cho Lon (original title: Bụi đời Chợ Lớn) has been banned. Given that local clearance is required before Vietnamese producers are permitted to release a film internationally, this... More »
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Fight Crime With Evil in Japanese Trailer For THE DEVIL'S PATH

Takayuki Yamada, the star of Crows Zero, Mirokurôze and Lesson of the Evil, flashes his stern look again with a crime film titled Kyoaku (The Devil's Path). Directed by Kazuya Shiraishi as his second feature-length film, The Devil's Path will deal with the triangular relationship of... More »
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Flying Dagger, Bathing Babes In The Trailer Of Vietnamese 3D Thriller HOW THE HELL I KNOW

Biết Chết Liền (not-really-literally translated: How The Hell I Know), a 3D comedy thriller directed by Le Bao Trung, has released its theatrical trailer. The preview features scandalous star Angela Phuong Trinh in many bath tub scenes or passionately kissing... More »
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Victor Vu Will Give You A BLOODY HEART

After making some slick thrillers, period martial arts and even rom-coms, Victor Vu, the director of Blood Letter, will return to horror territory with Bloody Heart (Quả tim máu). This time he'll join with character actor Thai Hoa, the popular Vietnamese comedy... More »
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