Monday, 22 Apr 2019

Film in honour of Vietnam's timeless Ao Dai vies for awards at Osaka Asian Film Festival

Updated at Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018, 12:03
The Hanoitimes - The renowned Vietnamese romantic-comedy "Co Ba Sai Gon" (The Tailor) will compete in two categories--the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent--at the Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) to be held from March 9 to 18.

Among its 14 potential competitors are the films "Columbus" (US), "Empty Hands" (Hong Kong), "The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful" (Taiwan), and "Bad Poetry Tomorrow" (Japan).

The Tailor poster.
The Tailor poster.

"The Tailor" was  produced by multi–talented movie star, director, and producer Ngo Thanh Van. The movie, set in the context of old Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), tells the story of Thanh Mai (played by Ngo Thanh Van), the owner of a boutique tailor shop called Thanh Nu and her arrogant daughter, Nhu Y (played by Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc).
While the mother tries to convince her daughter to carry on the family’s traditional job making Ao Dai – a craft they have practiced for nine generations – Nhu Y, who is also a designer, thinks the traditional dress is old-fashioned. She is interested only in Western-style outfits.
"The Tailor" was presented at the “A Window to Asian Cinema” category at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival 2017 in South Korea. 
As a producer, Van wants to promote Vietnamese culture to an international audiences. Her debut production "Tam Cam: The Untold Story" was introduced at the Busan International Film Festival in 2016.
OAFF 2018 is held annually with the theme “From Osaka to All of Asia!”. This is the 13th iteration of OAFF and there will be screenings of a total of 58 films, including several international premieres of various genres from 19 countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong (China), Macao, Taiwan (China), South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Qatar, Greece, France, The Netherlands, US, and Japan.

Ha Phuong
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