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Bay Rong -- Trinh, a mercenary, must complete a series of organized crime jobs for her boss in order to win the release of her kidnapped daughter. She hires several mercenaries to help, including Quan, who she becomes attracted to.

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9 December 2009 (Vietnam) See more »
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Trinh, a mercenary, must complete a series of organized crime jobs for her boss in order to win the release of her kidnapped daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Clash (Bay Rong)
 (From JustPressPlay. 10 August 2011, 2:20 AM, PDT)

New On DVD: Clash (Aka Bay Rong)
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 8 August 2011, 9:00 AM, PDT)

Two Clips From the Vietnamese Actioner Clash
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 28 July 2011, 8:01 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Johnny Nguyen ... Quan (as Johnny Tri Nguyen)

Thanh Van Ngo ... Trinh (as Ngo Thanh Van)
Hoang Phuc Nguyen ... Hac Long
Lam Minh Thang ... Cang
Hieu Hien ... Phong
Truong The Vinh ... Tuan
Nguyen Hau ... A.Thoong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alain Bruxelles ... Frenchman #1
François de la Torre ... Frenchman #5
Jérôme ... Frenchman #7
Dave Victor MacMillan ... Drunk (Ballroom Scene) (as David Victor MacMillan)
Thomas Michel Meyer ... Frenchman #6
David Minetti ... Frenchman #2
Rémi Recher ... Frenchman #3
Yann Williot ... Frenchman #4
Rich Long Nguyen ... Hac Long's Henchman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Thanh Son Le  (as Le Thanh Son)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thanh Son Le  (as Le Thanh Son)
Johnny Nguyen  (as Johnny Tri Nguyen)

Produced by
Ryan Hoang Hubris .... executive producer
Jenni Trang Le .... co-producer
Thanh Van Ngo .... producer
Johnny Nguyen .... producer (as Johnny Tri Nguyen)
Rich Long Nguyen .... executive producer
Thanh Truc 'Tawny' Nguyen .... executive producer
Jimmy Pham .... producer
Alex Vo .... executive producer
Carson Vo .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Wong 
 
Cinematography by
Dominic Pereira 
 
Film Editing by
Ham Tran 
 
Casting by
Nguyen Thy 
 
Production Design by
Quy Tung La 
 
Costume Design by
Tran Trung Linh 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jenni Trang Le .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tran Trung Linh .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
 
Stunts
Johnny Nguyen .... action director (as Johnny Tri Nguyen)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thuy Huynh .... digital imaging technician: red camera
Tran Trung Linh .... stills photographer
Tonaci Tran .... camera operator
Tonaci Tran .... steadicam operator
 
Music Department
Nicole Garcia .... orchestra contractor
Ryan Rowles .... orchestrator
Vincent A. Villanueva .... music clearance
 

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Also Known As:
"Clash" - International (English title) (festival title)
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Rated R for violence and martial arts action, brief sexuality and language
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90 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Clash, 27 September 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I suppose one of the best ways to plunge into the cinema of another country, is for action junkies like myself to see what they have to offer for the genre. I haven't seen a Vietnamese film before Clash, so it's anyone's guess how it would have turned out, though there were plenty of positive reviews for other Vietnamese action flicks such as The Rebel, which also starred leading man Johnny Nguyen, a veteran in his part of the world, who also served as the writer of this film. It shouldn't be that bad, right?

For the most parts, the film was mighty entertaining, telling the story of a female mercenary code named Phoenix (the stunningly beautiful Thanh Van Ngo) who had assembled a rag-tag group of peers to go on missions, one of whom happens to be Johnny Nguyen's Quan with whom she shares a relationship with. Her objective through these dangerous missions is to ultimately save her daughter from the clutches of her evil employer. So much for mother's love, since Phoenix was a one time prostitute who got taken off the streets to do her employer's dirty work, complete with a quick montage of her training.

That's as far as the story goes, with enough twists and turns and double crossings to keep the audience engaged in pretty much a flimsy plot, designed only to keep our characters floating from fight sequence to fight sequence, which is truly the draw of the film, influenced in many ways by Hollywood and Hong Kong action cinema from yesterdays. I have to admit even if there were shades of other films in this, at least this effort had made it through to production with an international crew assisting to spruce up production values, where in Singapore we're still lacking in playing catch up.

Killer moves got designed for Phoenix such as her thigh wraparound the enemy's neck or upper body before giving it a final fatal twist, but to get there, the fight choreography for most of the characters can get a little bit dull and repetitive. Everything will start off with the firing of auto or semi automatic weapons, and when the finite rounds get expended, everyone will turn into Jackie Chan - come to think of it most of Jackie's earlier action films were similarly designed - and relies on the punches and kicks to dispatch opponents. And it does get repetitive as mentioned with the usual punch-punch-kick combo moves that one's enemies could predict with every extended fight.

But thanks to some of the Mixed Martial Arts sequence, Clash at least attempted some variation, and without the use of wires and CG, the fights all look authentic and as our anti- heroes pit their skills against others they get into a battle with. However the finale was a bit of a cop out, which I suspect could have been influenced by test audiences to give it a more positive spin perhaps, since a plot element of a chunky inventory appears magically when in the first place it called for a more tragic and emotional convergence which had to give way.

Still, Clash offers quite a lot especially for action junkies wishing to keep tabs on what's on offer in our neighbour's cinema, and from what I have seen here with its charismatic leads who are not only good lookers but are able to handle their battles with aplomb, we may be in for more treats if more films improve upon what's available now, and could become major contenders for action films that can draw a worldwide audience.

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