Vietnamese film is a fairly small market due to the massive numbers of American films that are imported into the country. Most of the ones that are made are never actually viewed by an audience, but are made solely for the purpose of winning awards. These films are more often than not are state funded and never see the light of day. Vietnamese films often do not do as well as other films in film festivals due to lack of creativity or artistic qualities. One of the possible solutions would be to get younger directors into film making, the only existing barrier, as usual, is funding.
In one of my previous posts I reviewed the movie “The Raid: Redemption” and its commentary upon the Indonesian drug policies. There was a sequel in the works for quite a while and just recently the trailer has been released:
This film, is looking to draw significantly more money from the American Theater audience than did its predecessor, which gained massive popularity from online viewings and disc copies. Once this sequel gets a release date the numbers will be very indicative of the existing audience for these types of Asian styled “kung-fu” films. The audience has been growing over the years, as these foreign productions have begun to increase in quality.
There was once a time where film technology was only available to those who received funding from the movie producers, and those who didn’t just were not able to make films. As technology has progressed and, in doing so, gotten cheaper, the means of film production has followed suit. Nowadays anyone with a camera can film and use their computer to edit, and realize their film making dreams online. A trend that is beginning to emerge is using this readily available technology to make feature length films, as the South Korean film maker Min Byung-wu did with his film “Cats and Dogs” (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/south-korean-feature-film-shot-660708). In doing this, and this film attaining a theatrical release, he has opened the doors to an entirely unexplored avenue of film production, and potentially allowing for those without the big budget to produce their cinematic visions as well.
There has been a very common trend amongst movie production companies of producing remakes of movies. This trend was originally pretty limited to older movies, but now the limitations have expanded. These remakes now encompass that of foreign films. One of the more recent films to undergo this remake treatment is the South Korean film “Oldboy” (2003). This is a film (based upon an anime) where the main character is imprisoned for 15 years with no apparent reason is set free and seeks vengeance. This film was just recently remade by the director Spike Lee. It seems that within this remake culture we now reside in, that original and creative material is built upon and modernized in order to better connect with whichever audience is being targeted, which in this case, is the American movie goers.
Oldboy remake trailer: