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Song Lang (2018)

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An unlikely bond forms between an underground debt collector and a cai luong "Vietnamese opera" performer against the backdrop of Saigon in the 90s.

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Leon Le
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kim Chi Kim Chi ... Cigarette Lady
Isaac Isaac ... Linh Phung
Vu T. Le Thi Vu T. Le Thi ... The Mother
Phuong Minh Phuong Minh ... Auntie Nga
Huynh Ngoc Huynh Ngoc ... Ms. Le
Bao Chau Nguyen Bao Chau Nguyen ... Lu Bo / Trieu Da
Lien Binh Phat Lien Binh Phat ... Dung 'Thunderbolt'
Kim Phuong Kim Phuong ... The Boss
Huu Quoc Huu Quoc ... Khanh Linh
Tu Quyen Tu Quyen ... Thuy Van
Hoang Sang Hoang Sang ... Teacher
Hong Sap Hong Sap ... Wardrobe
Kim Long Thach Kim Long Thach ... The Father
Tu Thanh Tu Thanh ... Lan
Phuoc Tinh Phuoc Tinh ... Hien
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It's 1980s in Saigon. Linh Phung is a star of a traveling Cai-luong (traditional folk opera) troupe deep in debt to a local loan shark. Dung "thunderbolt" is the enforcer come to collect. After an unlikely bond forms between the two, Linh Phung learns how a lived life is necessary for art and Dung follows art back to a life worth living.

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When art meets life.

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Vietnam

Language:

Vietnamese

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (Vietnam) See more »

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Vietnam

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Créa TV See more »
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3:2
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Touching, somewhat melodramatic with beautiful music
29 June 2019 | by oaksongSee all my reviews

The heart of this story is the cai-luong theatrical style which is a Vietnamese style of folk opera very similar to Chinese opera in the 12 tone scale. The singer/actors have gone to great lengths to provide a perfect as possible recreation of the sound and story of the opera. The surrounding story is also operatic in nature, with two young men who have similar backgrounds but have taken different paths meeting and getting to know each other through coincidental meetings with each helping the other in some fashion. Linh, the singer, believes in time travel which is the core of the surrounding story as each character revisits particular moments in the path that shaped their future direction.


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