Movie Review - Pearls of the Far East (2011)

Pearls of the Far East, 2011

Directed by Cuong Ngo.

Starring Ngo Thanh Van, Kieu Chinh, Huy Khanh, Diem My, Truong Ngoc Anh, Kris Duangphung, Anh Hong, Richie Kul, Huy Hoang, Leon Le, Minh Ngoc Nguyen and Thai-Hoa Le.


Seven Vietnamese women at various stages of their lives seek to find love and to be loved.

Opening with the chapter titled Childhood, two children Lan (Huy Hoang) and Tho (Phuong Quynh) who explore the wonders of nature together only to have friendship severed when parents of the latter arrive to take her back to Saigon for schooling. The Message focuses on Thiet (Hong Anh) who develops second thoughts about delivering a diary and informing a mother (Diem My) that her son (Huy Khanh) has died when she is mistaken as his future bride. From a desolate landscape a romance blossoms in Blood Moon where a young couple (Ngo Thanh Van,
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Labour of Love: The Making of Pearls of the Far East

To coincide with Pearls of the Far East screening at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival, Trevor Hogg chats with filmmaker Cuong Ngo, his co-producing partners Igor Szczurko and Tom Yarith Ker, cinematographer Mikhail Petrenko, and music composers Alex Pauk and Alexina Louie...

Cuong NgoTransitioning from short films and documentaries to a feature length movie was not difficult for Cuong Ngo who served as a producer, director and editor while making Pearls of the Far East (2011). “Since it’s my debut film, one of the most difficult things is financing,” states the native of Saigon, Vietnam. “It was so difficult to raise the funds for the project. I was so lucky to have my partners Igor Szczurko, Tom Yarith Ker and Matt Guerin on my side. They keep important roles in our project. It’s them who helped me to raise enough funds for the project.” The worldwide response
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Deirdre O'Kane to star in British biopic Noble

Irish stand-up comic and actress Deirdre O'Kane (Intermission, Inside I'm Dancing) is set to star in the British biopic Noble at Destiny Films. It focuses on the life of Christina Noble, who overcame a harsh childhood in Ireland to set up a children's foundation and help street children in Vietnam and Mongolia.

The film is being directed by Stephen Bradley (Boy Eats Girl, The Tale of Sweety Barrett) from his own script and he is also producing along with Melanie Gore-Grimes and exec producer Michael J. Hunt. Production begins on Noble this week in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will shoot there for four weeks before moving to Liverpool until March.

The biopic also stars Liam Cunningham (Safe House, The Guard), Brendan Coyle (The Raven, Perrier's Bounty), Ruth Negga (Breakfast on Pluto, Twelve Years a Slave), Nhu Quynh Nguyen (Pearls of the Far East) and Sarah Greene (The Guard
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Casting: Irvine, Theron, O'Kane, Bell


Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse"), Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") and Alex Pettyfer ("Magic Mike") will test for the male lead opposite Shailene Woodley in "Divergent" at Summit Entertainment.

Neil Burger helms this adaptation of Veronica Roth's young-adult novel, the story has a futuristic setting and follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, who Woodley is set to play. [Source: Variety]

Inherent Vice

Charlize Theron and Robert Downey Jr. are said to be circling Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel "Inherent Vice." Megan Ellison is producing. [Source: Showbiz 411]


Deirdre O'Kane ("Intermission") is set to star in Stephen Bradley's British biopic "Noble" at Destiny Films. Production began this week in Vietnam.

The story follows the life of Christina Noble, an Irish woman who overcomes a harsh childhood to help street children and their families in Vietnam and Mongolia. Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham, Ruth Negga, Nhu Quynh Nguyen and Sarah Greene also star.
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