The biggest film in Vietnam this year Fool for Love (Để Mai tính) stars Dustin Nguyen– yes, that’s the same Dustin Nguyen of 21 Jumpstreet fame— and Kathy Uyen. One of the most successful comedies in Vietnam’s history, it is directed by Charlie Nguyen, a Vietnamese American film producer, director, screenwriter and martial arts action director.
The success of this film can partly be attributed to the collaborative nature of the filmmakers, drawing from talent from both inside and outside of Vietnam. Though the crew was primarily Vietnamese, experts in their specialties from all over the world introduced new technical skills and film technologies. The growing Vietnam-based film industry could provide opportunities for more Vietnamese and Vietnamese American talent in the future.
For now, you can enjoy Fool for Love in selected U.S. cities.
SYNOPSIS: Fool for Love (De Mai Tinh) follows the travails of earnest bathroom clerk Dung (played by Dustin Nguyen) as he falls in love and quits his job at a five-star hotel to pursue the affections of a beautiful lounge singer, Mai (played by Kathy Uyen). The problem is, she’s already being chased by a wealthy real estate tycoon whose willingness to employ her depends on her willingness to date him. Comedy ensues as the penniless clerk, in order to finance his pursuit of love, is forced to shack up with a very rich but very gay businessman named Hoi (in a hilarious performance by Thai Hoa) looking for male companionship. Through it all, boy and girl are both tested as they find themselves in the same predicament – having to choose between true love and financial security. Faced with unexpected choices, will love prevail in the end?
Fool for Love is slated for release on September 10th in the following U.S. cities: