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New film studio opens in HCM City

HCM CITY — The CJ E&M Việt Nam, a subsidiary of Korean-based CJ E&M Corporation, and HKFilm of HCM City have opened a joint-venture film studio working in both production and distribution.

The CJ HK Entertainment will focus on making films and TV series this year and in 2018.

“We will develop our company to be one of the country’s leading film studios, and produce five feature films per year, accounting for around 30 per cent of the country’s film production,” said a CJ HK Entertainment representative.

CJ HK Entertainment will release two films Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ (Brilliant Months and Years) and Người Bất Tử (Immortality) in late December.

Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ by talented director Nguyễn Quang Dũng is a Vietnamese version of a Korean blockbuster, called Sunny. It is about urban women, their loves and work.

A scene in Những Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ (Brilliant Months and Years), a film by director Nguyễn Quang Dũng of HCM City, produced by CJ HK Entertainment.
A scene in Những Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ (Brilliant Months and Years), a film by director Nguyễn Quang Dũng of HCM City, produced by CJ HK Entertainment.

The film features movie stars Hồng Ánh and Mỹ Duyên, winners of the Golden Kite prizes for Best Actress presented by the Việt Nam Cinematography Association.

Young actresses Hoàng Anh, Hoàng Yến Chibi and Khổng Tú Quỳnh are also included.

Người Bất Tử is the 10th production of Vietnamese-American film director Victor Vũ, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in the US.

The film portrays the life of An, a young woman living in a small village in northern Việt Nam.

It stars Đinh Ngọc Diệp and Quách Ngọc Ngoan, both of whom have performed in several winning-prize films and TV series.

French actor Francois Negret was invited to play a leading role in the film.

The film includes beautiful scenes of landscapes in Quảng Bình and Quảng Ninh provinces.

Both films, Những Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ and Người Bất Tử, are in post-production.