Bàn/Review: The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan for diaCRITICS


…The result is a very modern and abstract stage setting to fit the general vision and also to reflect the predominantly Western music of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. The use of very vivid colors…

…Kết quả là một sân khấu hiện đại mang tính tượng trưng để thích hợp với định hướng dàn dựng của đạo diễn cũng như âm nhạc mang phong cách phương Tây của vở The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. Cách dùng màu sắc tươi sáng…

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Anvi Hoàng reviews The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan

Cảnh thăng hoa - The finale scene. Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

Cảnh thăng hoa – The finale scene. Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

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First, a note: The Tale of Lady Thị Kính is an opera, not a musical. One fascinating thing about opera singers is that they don’t use microphone the way singers in musicals do. What you hear in an opera is the opera singers’ very own true voice projecting over the orchestra to reach the end of the hall. Opera singers must be able to read music, and their music is a hundred times more complicated. AND, it is an insult to call an opera singer by any other name but opera singer. There are many more differences between these two forms of theater, opera and musical, you could look up if you are interested in the subject. Now back to the review of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. Continue reading

A teardrop from God

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The poster of “On The Streets.” © Yxineff.com

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Within the first twenty seconds, Khúc Tình Phố (On The Streets) is able to hold the viewers’ attention and lead them to the end of the documentary leaving them full of thoughts as their eyes turned from the screen. That is a success. In two words, ‘raw life’ is the main attraction of this 16-minute plus documentary. Continue reading

Boutique’s Best Breakfast


Good morning, Vietnamese way.

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Your taxi arrives at the hotel and, from the blue, a bellboy appears opening the taxi door for you. He (mostly ‘he’) takes your luggage inside and asks you to have a seat. Then another hotel staff member approaches you with a tray in their hand on which there are cold towels for refreshing rolled neatly into round tubes decorated on top with a fresh purple orchid flower. Still another staff member comes and offers you nước sấu, a traditional Hà Nội cold drink. (In fact, the sweet-salty-and-sour drink is made from pickled sấu, the kind of fruit found in Hà Nội only.) You are served like kings and queens.

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8 Things I Love About Instant Noodle

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A scene from the film Instant Noodle by Khoa Trọng Nguyễn – Photo from ViFF website.

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Don’t get me wrong. It is not instant noodle I am talking about. It is Instant Noodle the film, directed by Khoa Trọng Nguyễn, that I want to talk about. It is one of the many feature films screened at the 6th Vietnamese International Film Festival in April 2013. Continue reading

Long, or Short? – Feeling the Films at ViFF


* From the print edition of Việt Tide (bilingual weekly magazine). Đọc bài tiếng Việt.

I came to the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) with no expectations. I saw. I was conquered. Not only was I impressed by all the efforts of the organizers and volunteers put together to host such an incredible two-week festival but I also had a great time watching the films. Continue reading