Dep Tung Centimet

I just stumbled upon this movie by accident. I must say that my hopes in Vietnamese productions are up a few more notches. It’s possibly because of Luong Manh Hai and Tang Thanh Ha. This is their second collaboration but still refreshing because you get to see them in different roles than the one from Bong Dung Muon Khoc (Suddenly I Want To Cry).

Body art is one of the most sensitive topics and there is this line drawn in between–but you usually do not know where exactly that line is. It’s a bit daring to see the production team deciding to touch this topic in this movie. (We all get the idea of how reserved Asian culture is supposed to be, right?) However, I think it became much more since the main character realized his way of trying to lure an innocent girl into taking the pictures–so he could fulfill his dream of taking a perfect picture. It’s a bit emotional during the discoveries and I think the whole body art theme was only a basis for the establishment of the overall plot. (After all, they’re not that daring, right?) Won’t spoil anymore but it’s a short movie so it might be worth checking out just for the sake of the cast or the outlook of the subject matter in this case.

The funny thing about this is they relate this back to the TV series Bong Dung Muon Khoc when they were talking about the female lead’s script (which is this movie–Beauty by the Centimeters). Maybe it was because of the same director/producer and for promotional purposes.

It’s a bit of a shame that Tang Thanh Ha won’t join Luong Manh Hai in the Vietnamese version of Full House. (This is based on the Korean version of Full House, not the American comedy Full House in case anyone’s confused.)

Posted (on Xanga): June 21, 2009

Re-posted: July 21st, 2010

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Bong Dung Muon Khoc

This was the second Vietnamese TV series that I watched and I must say I was actually impressed on the acting more than the first one that I watched. I just have to say that I didn’t expect much of this one and I was just channel surfing and found it so I followed it throughout. It was really lively–contrary to the previous one that I watched. It was also very charming in humor and also meaningful about life. Although there were also frustrating times and annoying details, it was done very well. I especially liked the soundtrack also since it really fitted in with the overall plot. Luong Manh Hai and Tang Thanh Ha did really well portraying their roles. Their acting was more natural than some others that I’d seen in the previous one that I watched. They made their character so lively that I couldn’t help but be drawn into the story until the very end. Of course, there were many bits and pieces where it seemed so ridiculous but the overall of the series was very good. Not to mention Luong Manh Hai and Tang Thanh Ha’s chemistry made up for everything else. It was fun to watch them bickered and picked on each other at the beginning, but learned to get along in the later part of the series and became friends–and much more. I totally recommend this series for anyone who loves watching Vietnamese dramas. (But try it at your own risk! So much for it, huh?)

Posted (on Xanga): April 27, 2009

Re-posted: Saturday, May 8th, 2010