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Vietnam, RoK filmmakers promote cooperation

HCM City (VNA) – The 2017 Korea-Vietnam
Film Industry Network, held in co-operation between the Vietnam and the
Republic of Korea (RoK) film industries, has concluded in HCM City.

The two-day event gathered cultural
representatives from the two countries and dozens of State-owned and private
film companies and distributors.

It included meetings on filmmaking,
scriptwriting, distribution, post-production, technologies and human resources,
in which Vietnamese and Korean filmmakers and film distributors met and shared

Do Duy Anh, deputy director of the Vietnam Cinema
Department (VCD), said: “We have worked closely with the Korea Film Council
(KOFIC) to offer opportunities for young Vietnamese directors to develop their

Lee Sang Seok, a member of KOFIC, said the film
council would give stronger support to Vietnamese film companies in an effort
to boost co-operation between the two countries.

“KOFIC will open a representative office in Vietnam
soon,” he said.

The Vietnamese film industry has developed
strongly in recent years, reflecting an increase in the number of films as well
as quality and diversity in film topics.

The industry’s revenue reached more than 132
million USD last year, an increase of 27.2 million USD compared to 2015,
reported by the VCD.

Last year, 41 Vietnamese feature films were
released, making up more than 26 percent of market share, earning 35.5 million USD
in ticket sales.

“We have seen the success of co-operation with
the Republic of Korea partners in recent years. We expect higher profits in the
future,” said Vu Thi Hong Nga, a senior official of the VCD, referring to the
film Em La Ba Noi Cua Anh (Sweet 20), a Vietnamese remake of the RoK
film Miss Ranny, which was released last year.

The film, directed by young talent Phan Gia Nhat
Linh of HCM City, made a record at the domestic box office after earning more than
130 billion VND (4 million USD)

Another project, Sac Dep Ngan Can (Heavy
Beauty), a Vietnamese remake of the RoK blockbuster 200-Pound
Beauty, released in 2006, will be in cinemas early next month.

The film is directed by James Ngo and stars
young pop idols Minh Hang and Rocker Nguyen.

The producer Show BT and RoK partners worked
together in make-up and costume design, soundtrack composition and

Sac Dep Ngan Can  promises big profits in
ticket sales.

“We plan to issue new policies about filmmaking
and film distribution to promote the local film industry and attract more
foreign filmmakers,” Do Duy Anh  from VCD said.

He said that the department targets having 80
Vietnamese films released and 110 million people going to the cinema by 2020.

The 2017 Korea – Vietnam Film Industry Network
was organised by VCD and KOFIC.-VNA

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