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Five Hollywood movies starring Vietnam’s A-list actress

From “Star Wars” to “The Old Guard”, here is the full list of Hollywood movies featuring Vietnamese actress Ngo Thanh Van.

1. “The Old Guard”

A screen shot from The Old Guard. Photo courtesy of Ngo Thanh Vans Facebook page.

A screen shot from “The Old Guard”. Photo courtesy of Ngo Thanh Van’s Facebook page.

“The Old Guard” is the latest Hollywood project starring Van, alongside Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The film, premiered on July 10, focuses on a pack of immortal mercenaries, who’ve secretly protected humanity for centuries, forced into battle after their extraordinary abilities are exposed.

Van made a brief appearance in the film, playing the role of an immortal warrior named Quynh. According to the movie’s storyline, Quynh was the first immortal fighter team leader Andromache of Scythia (Charlie Theron), referred to as Andy in the movie, encountered.

Both had been in countless battles together but later separated in England. Here they were captured and presumed to be witches, due to their immortality. Fortunately, Andy was able to escape while her fellow mercenaries failed. Quynh was placed in an Iron Maiden device and dropped to the bottom of the ocean for 500 years.

In a video posted on Van’s Facebook fanpage Sunday, Theron embraced her, saying she was lucky to work with Van and that she was amazing, before giving Van a kiss on the cheek. The two actresses also posted a photo of themselves smiling on their Instagram accounts Monday.

“The Old Guard” is directed by American film director and screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood. She has confirmed the movie would be a trilogy, in which the second installment “The Old Guard: Force Multiplied” would feature Van’s character returning and heavily affected by her time spent in confinement, harboring deep hatred for humanity.

2. “Da 5 Bloods”

Ngo Thanh Van and Spike Lee on set. Photo courtesy of Spike Lee.

Van and Spike Lee on set. Photo courtesy of Spike Lee.

Spike Lee’s Vietnam War film “Da 5 Bloods” features Ngo Thanh Van as infamous radio presenter Hanoi Hannah.

The movie, premiered on June 12, centers around four veterans, including Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis) and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), returning to Vietnam searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader with help from a tour guide (Johnny Tri Nguyen), amid the lure of buried treasure.

The movie received kudos from critics, including American newspaper New York Times, calling it an anguished, funny, violent argument with and about American history.

3. “Bright”

Van portrays an evil fairy serving main villain Leilah (Noomi Rapace) in the Netflix original movie “Bright” that premiered on December 22, 2017.

She appeared later in the movie when she and her crew fought two officers – Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton). Van showcased her skills in different intense fighting scenes, including extremely dangerous shootings.

Even though the budget for the movie was $90 million, it didn’t win critical acclaim and failed to wow audiences.

4. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

In the 2017 blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, Van take on the role of female pilot Paige Tico of the Resistance.

She proved a vital element in the movie when she pushed a button to make a series of bombs fall on top of the enemy. She then slowly closed her eyes and touched her necklace, which was gift from her sister, accepting her death. Her body exploded amidst the vast universe amid the mourning of comrades.

Although the scene did not have much dialogue, the expression and charisma on Paige’s face spoke louder. Paige Tico’s death also inspired her younger sister Rose Tico to follow her in her fighting path.

After her appearance in the movie, the catalog of the global film and TV industry International Movie Database (IMDb) named Van one of the most popular actors in their weekly-updated STARmeter Top 100 in 2017.

5. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”

The 2016 action movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” showed Van portraying a villain fighter named Mantis.

She has a very short appearance and her character has a faded personality that caused disappointment for many Vietnamese viewers since Van’s character appeared heavily in promotional materials, in which she featured alongside Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, and Harry Shum Jr.

Ngo Thanh Van, aka Veronica Ngo, is a Vietnamese actress, singer and model. Her Vietnamese action film “Hai Phuong” (Furie), which she produced and starred in, is the highest-grossing domestic film of all time.



Vietnamese literary classic depicted on French postage stamp

Painting inspired by Nguyen Du’s epic poem, “The Tale of Kieu”, has been included on French postage stamps as part of a commemorative exhibit in Paris.

“Cung Dan Bac Menh” (Ill-fated Melody) by painter Ngoc Mai appears on French “green letter” stamps. These are commonly used for non-urgent letters of less than 20 grams.

Ngoc Mai and Cung Dan Bac Menh painting. Photo by VnExpress/Thoai Ha.

Ngoc Mai with “Cung Dan Bac Menh”. Photo by VnExpress/Thoai Ha.

The postage stamps are introduced at the “The Tale of Kieu and Its Translations” exhibition in Paris, as part of activities marking the great poet Nguyen Du’s 255th birthday and commemorating his 200th death anniversary.

Throughout the years, Nguyen Du’s masterpiece has been translated into different languages and is considered to belong to the world literary canon, like the works of Cervantes, Chekhov, Shakespeare and Goethe.

The 3,254-line poem has also been adapted to various art forms by Vietnamese living in Vietnam, as well as foreign artists and overseas Vietnamese abroad.

The exhibition from September 12-26 also includes a set of stamps illustrated by German painter Claudia Borchers.


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Photo exhibition celebrates 75th anniversary of Southern Resistance War


A photo exhibition in HCM City is part of the city’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the start of the South Resistance War (September 23, 1945). The event includes a series of colour photos capturing the development of HCM City. Highlighted pictures are about the city’s economy, culture and lifestyles. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITYA photo exhibition about the history and development of the South is being held as part of the city’s cultural activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the South Resistance War (September 23, 1945). 

The event features 200 black-and-white and colour photos highlighting the heroic, resilient and brave spirit of the southern people and soldiers during the nine-year resistance war against the French colonialists with the final battle at Điện Biên Phủ in 1954. 

Works displaying the activities of people and soldiers in Sài Gòn (now HCM City) are featured.

The event also includes a series of colour photos capturing HCM City’s recent development. The photos portray the solidarity, creativity and affection of the people to build their land. Highlighted pictures are about the city’s economy, culture and lifestyles. 

“From the photos, I understand more about the southern people and soldiers, mostly poor farmers, following the August 1945 Revolution, to join the country to end the war against the French with the victory at Điện Biên Phủ Battle in 1954,” said Nguyễn Trung Tín, a first-year student at the HCM City University of Law, who visited the event this week.

The exhibition, organised by the city People’s Committee, is being held at Lam Sơn Park, Chi Lăng Park and Đồng Khởi Street in District 1. It will run through 30 September. 




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Vietnamese tourism targets safety to develop sustainably

Tourists at Vinpearl Safari Phú Quốc. Many tourists enjoy vacations at resorts due to the high safety standards. Photo courtesy of Vinpearl

HÀ NỘI – Tourism experts and managers decided that Viet Nam’s tourism industry should develop with the motto ‘safety and attraction’ at a conference held on Thursday in Hà Nội.

Việt Nam has gone 23 days with no community cases of COVID-19, so it was time to start rebuilding the tourism industry. The conference was held by the Việt Nam National Tourism Administration (VNAT) and VnExpress online newspaper.

Hà Văn Siêu, vice chairman of VNAT, acknowledged that local tourism promotions launched by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had made a positive impact. The tourism industry revived rapidly between May and July. However, when a COVID-19 outbreak was detected in Đà Nẵng in July, domestic tourism once again faced challenges.

“We have many experiences to learn from, and we put top priority on guaranteeing safety for travellers,” Siêu said.

“Apart from safety, we will also focus on attractions. Localities should launch new promotions and connect with neighbouring destinations.”

Vũ Thế Bình, vice chairman of the Việt Nam Tourism Association, said the coronavirus pandemic was an unprecedented crisis for the tourism industry around the world, but it was time to revive the industry in the ‘new normal’.

“If we promote tourism in the normal way, we can’t solve the problems,” Bình said. “Enterprises have to focus on service quality, and tourists can enjoy new products or old tours with a fresh twist.”

“I think we can use technology to renovate tourism and bring new experiences to travellers,” Bình said.

Nguyễn Xuân Bình, vice director of  Đà Nẵng’s Tourism Department, said that life had returned to normal in the coastal city.

“We have sent surveys to tourists to ask about their experiences, wishes and suggestions,” he said.

“A competition themed “Remembering Đà Nẵng” will kick off soon to ask travellers to share their memorable moments during their vacations or even if they got stuck in Đà Nẵng.”

“We will create new tours and launch a campaign to develop tourism in the long term,” said Bình.

Vietnam Airlines, Vin Group, Sun Group and Alma Group agreed with VNAT’s plan to put safety first.

On the occasion, these groups also presented their strategies and promotions to attract tourists in the last quarter of the year and following years.

Accordingly, Vin Group has completed the four Vin Wonders, theme parks in Nha Trang, Phú Quốc, Nam Hội An and Hải Phòng.

Đặng Thanh Thủy, vice general director of Vin Group, said the group had concentrated on providing impressively unique experiences at each destination.

“Tourists will have a chance to enjoy international standard services with 50-70 per cent discounts.”

“In the next three years, we want to make Vinpearl Phú Quốc a must-see global destination with remarkable services and programmes.”



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