Cinemas in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two biggest markets in the country, closed on May 3 until further notice after new COVID-19 community cases were confirmed.
A scene from Lat Mat:48 Gio (Face Off: 48 Hours), an action comedy about love and family by producer Ly Hai of HCM City. (Photo courtesy of the producer)
Vietnamese filmmakers are expected to face losses after the four-day national holiday, which began on April 30.
Three Vietnamese films, Thien Than Ho Menh (The Guardian), Trang Ti (Child Master) and Lat Mat:48 Gio (Face Off: 48 Hours), have temporarily stopped screening.
Thien Than Ho Menh, released on April 29, has earned 26.7 billion VND (1.15 million USD) in ticket sales. Its competitor, Trang Ti, earned 15.3 billion VND (657,000 USD) after four days of release, according to the Box Office Vietnam, which provides ticket sale reports of film productions in Vietnam.
Thien Than Ho Menh is a thriller by Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in the US.
The film features three young women who feed and dress life-sized baby dolls as if they are living things.
Its trailer, which features haunting scenes, has attracted more than 103,000 views on YouTube.
Director Vu combined Vietnamese and Hollywood styles in his film.
The film’s producer, Tfilm Entertainment, said they are working with foreign partners to release Thien Than Ho Menh in 12 countries, such as Australia, Canada, Hungary, France, Ireland, the UK and US.
Trang Ti is a new production by blockbuster director Phan Gia Nhat Linh.
The film is about Vietnamese folk stories. It features four child characters called Ti (Mouse), Suu (Buffalo), Dan (Tiger) and Meo (Cat), who live in a remote village and use their intelligence to protect villagers.
The soundtrack is composed by Duc Tri, a graduate of the Berkelee College of Music in the US. Tri uses folk music from people in the northern and southern regions to highlight the film’s theme.
Trang Ti was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was first scheduled to be released in cinemas in May last year. Its release during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday period in February was also cancelled.
Its trailer on YouTube has attracted more than one million viewers.
The film’s producer, Studio68, and its partners spent 43 billion VND (1.85 million USD) on the production.
In a recent interview with HCM City-based Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, movie star and director-producer Ngo Thanh Van, owner of Studio68, said: “I’m very sad. I have no idea about my profits from ticket sales.”
Lat Mat:48 Gio was released two weeks ago and earned 153 billion VND (6.8 million USD) at the box office. The film earned 19.2 billion VND (825,600 USD) in just four days after release from April 29 to May 2.
“To live in the unfortunate time of COVID-19 is to always prepare for the worst scenarios,” said the film’s producer Ly Hai, owner of Ly Hai Production Studio.
Lat Mat:48 Gio features a family trying to escape from a gang that is chasing them.
The action comedy highlights themes about love and family, starring veteran actors Vo Thanh Tam, Huynh Dong and Oc Thanh Van in the main roles.
Producer Hai invited fight choreographers Hai Bui of Vietnam and Kim Chung Min of the Republic of Korea to take part in the film.
“Lat Mat:48 Gio contains thrilling action scenes filmed at floating markets, and on boats and ferries,” said Tran Hoang Anh, a fan in HCM City./.VNS
Vietnam win gold, silver at Asian Taekwondo Championship
Vietnam won one gold and one silver medal at the Asian Taekwondo Championship which closed in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 17.
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen is on the top podium of the women’s 49kg discipline at the Asian Taekwondo Championship in Lebanon. (Photo: VNA)
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen won gold in the women’s 49kg category. The No 1 seed defeated No 2 Mannopova Madinabonu of Uzbekistan 25-24 in the final.
It was Tuyen’s second Asian title in a row after her first in the 46kg class three year ago held in Vietnam. She is the first Vietnamese fighter to have won the continental competition. Madinabonu also took part in that event and grabbed a bronze.
Tuyen received a bye in the first round. She beat Munisa Oimatova of Tajikistan, No 9 seed, in the quarter-finals and No 5 Hung Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. Hung and Tuyen will have a chance to fight again next month as both have qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo.
On June 16, Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet pocketed a silver in the women’s 57kg class. The unseeded player shocked No 4 Laetitia Aoun of the hosts 12-0 in the quarter-finals before beating No 1 Chen Yu-Chuang of Chinese Taipei 5-4 in the last four. Chen previously knocked Tuyet out of an Olympic qualification tournament last month.
Tuyet however fell 28-11 to No 3 Kim Yu-jin of the Republic of Korea in the final.
Ho Thi Kim Ngan, who was seeded No 4 in the women’s 53kg pool, had an unsuccessful event as she was eliminated in the first round by Ghazal Soltani of Iran.
The Asian championship, which was on June 14-18, lured nearly 340 athletes from 28 countries and territories competing in 16 pools for both men and women.
Vietnamese players will fly to Kazakhstan to continue their training until July 10 when Tuyen and her coach Kim Ki-tae take part in the Tokyo Games./.
Vietnam taekwondo star claims gold at Asian championship
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen clinched a gold medal for Vietnam at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Lebanon on Thursday.
In the final of the 49 kg category, Tuyen defeated Uzbek fighter Madinabonu Mannopova, runner-up at Asian Games 2019. The intense match ended with a close win 25-24 for Tuyen.
Since Tuyen was seeded first in the tournament, she didn’t have to participate in the first game. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, Tuyen beat opponents from Tajikistan and Taiwan to enter the final.
Last month, Tuyen also grabbed a Tokyo Olympic ticket for Vietnamese taekwondo.
The Asian Taekwondo Championships took place in Lebanon from June 16 to 18. A total of 337 athletes from 28 countries and territories in the region participated in the event.
Vietnam’s four-member team at the tournament included South Korean expert Kim Kil Tae and two other female athletes: Ho Thi Kim Ngan (53 kg) and Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet (57 kg).
Tuyet went on to collect a silver at the championships.
On Saturday, the taekwondo team will travel to Kazakhstan to continue training. Expert Kim and Tuyen will fly to Tokyo on July 19 to compete in the Olympics.
Previously, to prepare for Olympic qualifiers and the Asian Taekwondo Championships, the national taekwondo team left for overseas training on April 14. For the past two months, the team have trained in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, before competing in Jordan and Lebanon.
National futsal team to compete at tournament in Spain
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will take part in an international four-side futsal tournament in Spain in August in preparation for their World Cup campaign.
The team just completed a 21-day quarantine period in HCM City and returned home on Thursday after qualifying for the event in the UAE in May.
They will join their club teammates to compete on the second leg of the National Futsal Championship in mid-July if the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control, according to Trần Anh Tú, head of Futsal Department of Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF).
The national team will have their next training camp in early August. They will have a training course in Spain from August 25. At the tournament, Việt Nam will play Japan, Guatemala and the hosts.
Before leaving for the Lithuania World Cup from September 12 to October 3, they are expected to have a game against a leading Spanish club.
The VFF is also in discussions for a friendly match with the Moroccan national team on September 6.
Việt Nam will play Brazil in their first group stage match on September 13.
According to the organisers, VAR will be used at this year’s World Cup.—
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