Two Vietnamese films expected to be big hits during Lunar New Year 2022

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HÀ NỘI — Two Vietnamese films ‘1990’ and ‘Chìa khóa trăm tỷ’ will hit theaters during the Tết (Lunar New Year) holidays, in the hope of improving box office revenue after a gloomy 2021.

These blockbusters will go to cinemas nationwide or in localities where cinemas are allowed to open from February 1, 2022 (the first day of the Lunar New Year).

‘Chìa khóa trăm tỷ’ (A Billion Key) is an action-comedy film directed by Võ Thanh Hòa. The film stars Thu Trang and Kiều Minh Tuấn, the duo that has starred in many movies with impressive revenue such as ‘Chị Mười Ba: Ba ngày sinh tử’ (Sister Thirteen: Three Deadly Days) with VNĐ108 billion and ‘Tiệc trăng máu’ (Blood moon party) with about VNĐ170 billion.

Director Võ Thanh Hòa said that the filmmaking process went through many challenges.

There were times when the crew had to shoot continuously from 8pm to 5am the next day or sometimes actors had to wash their hair more than 10 times for the scene, he said.

‘A Billion Key’ is a story about a notorious assassin (starring Kiều Minh Tuấn) who has the opportunity to make a fresh start in life. After losing his memory in an accident, he becomes to be an actor. With many funny situations, the film raises the question of whether he can change the past forever to live a new life.

Kiều Minh Tuấn plays the main role of an assassin in the new movie ‘Chìa khóa trăm tỷ’. — Photo courtesy of the producer

Besides the famous duo Kiều Minh Tuấn and Thu Trang, the film also features actors Anh Tú, Puka, Meritorious Artist Kim Xuân and Misthy – a famous Youtuber, streamer.

Director Võ Thanh Hòa also shared that he is collaborating with Thu Trang and the actress’s production company on a new action-comedy called ‘Nghề siêu dễ’ (Super Easy Job).

Also in theaters on Tết holiday, the romantic comedy ‘1990’ by director Nhất Trung, producer ABC Pictures starring actresses Nhã Phương, Lan Ngọc and Diễm My.

The trio plays a group of close friends at the age of 30 (born in 1990) with typical modern lifestyles.

‘1990’ stars Nhã Phương, Lan Ngọc and Diễm My. — Photo courtesy of the producer

While Linh Lan (Lan Ngọc) has a successful career and long-term relationship, she is afraid of getting married; Jessica Diễm (Diễm My) is famous but influenced by turbulent childhood; then Nhã Ca (Nhã Phương), who seems to have the sweetest marriage is standing on the verge of breaking up.

All three leading actresses were born in 1990 and each role has details based on their real lives. This is one of the few Vietnamese films depicting the life of women in their 30s, an age with many changes in life.

However, besides the difficulties, in the film, the women also have a humorous journey to regain their youth, promising to bring joy to the audience.

The film had been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, ‘1990’ also faced many controversies when filmmaker Nhất Trung accused one actress, believed to be Nhã Phương, of having an unprofessional working attitude and refused to promote the film.

The actress’s management company said the fault was not with the actress and said that “all speculations and accusations were unfair to Nhã Phương”. VNS

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