“Passport To Love”, a film by Victor Vu, will be screened at the Vietnam Center on Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Vietnam Center, 1159 University Avenue W., St. Paul, MN 55104. Free admission, snacks and drinks. The film, rated PG-13, is distributed by Infocus Media Group USA and Wonderboy Entertainment in Vietnam. The screening is presented by Everest Productions and pkconnector. The evening will offer some surprises and rumor has it to expect a visit from some very special guests.
Following the screening there will be a preview of the new movie called “Clash (Bay Rong),” an action-thriller and the highest grossing film of Vietnam in 2009. It will enjoy a local screening on March 11, 2011 at a theater to be announced.
“This is a great opportunity to view and make comments about the movies and how we can improve Asian presence in the film/entertainment industry,” said Liz Phan, event volunteer.
Passport To Love is a romantic comedy set in modern day Saigon, Vietnam and Orange County USA.
The film stars Binh Minh as Khang, a charming and handsome playboy and Huy Khanh as Hieu, a hardworking friend who dreams of becoming the next Bill Gates. The two student manage to land the opportunity of a lifetime to study in California and bring the prized degree from an American university back to Vietnam.
Once in the United States, however, Khang soon finds his life spiraling into chaos as he falls for Tiffany, portrayed by Kathy Uyen, a young, single mother who also happens to be the police officer who books him after some trouble.
Meanwhile, Hieu, falls for Jennifer, an American Vietnamese beauty pageant winner, played by Ngoc Diep. It would be wonderful if he weren’t already engaged to his “picture perfect” fiancé Thao back home, portrayed by Tang Bao Quyen.
When Hieu returns home with news that his mother is ill, Jennifer is devastated and follows him back to Vietnam in secret.
Khang remains in America and his pursuit of love in a strange land puts him a world of riddles and indecision.
It’s an all-star cast with Binh Minh as an award winning model and one of the most popular male leading actors in Vietnam. He was recently cast in a Korean-Vietnamese horror film production of TEN (Muoi), and is a cast regular on the TV series Co Gai Xau Xi, based on the American show, Ugly Betty.
Kathy Uyen co-starred with Harrison Ford and Sean Penn in Crossing Over, and also appeared in King of Hollywood and Spirits ‘Oan Hon’.
Huy Khanh was the 2007 Most Promising Actor in Vietnam, and became popular on TV with roles on Love Chess and A Challenging Love.
Ngoc Diep is an actress, model and journalist. She is a former Vietnam Western Region beauty pageant winner, which goes along well with her character Jennifer, a Vietnamese American beauty queen.
Tang Bao Quyen is a singer and actor and rose to fame on Vietnamese TV on the series, White Waves.
Supporting cast members include Kim Xuan as Mrs. Kim. In the early 1990s she won a series of three Best Supporting Actress awards from the Vietnam Association of Film. It was followed by two Golden Award for Best Theatrical Actress in 1998, for both the stage and film.
Nguyen Van Phuc appears as Mr. Hoang. He is a veteran actor with 40 years of their and film experience. He opened his own acting academy in 2003.
The screenplay was written by Nam Hoang Nguyen, a boat lift survivor who went on to become a journalist, author and poet. and his first screenplay was “Spirits” for Victor Vu.
The film score was written by Christopher Wong. The Cinematographer is Peter Soto. The producers include Binh Duy Le, Irene Trinh, and executive producer Trung Duc Ngo.
Filmmaker Victor Vu was raised in Southern California and studied film production at Loyola Marymount University. As a student he won the Best Short Film ward for, “Firecracker” at the Hampton’s International Film Festival and again at the Newport Beach International Film Festival.
Vu started his career directing music videos for Vietnamese American pop stars, while learning the visual effects trade working on films such as “X-Men”, “Contact”, and “Starship Troopers.”
He decided to pursue his own creative passions and in 2002 he and executive producer partner Philip Silverman formed Strange Logic Entertainment. In 2005 as just age 24, Vu wrote, produced and directed his first full-length feature, “First Morning” through Illuminare Entertainment. It won Best Feature at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
His second feature, “Spirits (Oan Hon)” was a Vietnamese horror film that received critical acclaim from American and Asian reviews. He went on to create “Mysterious World”, a Vietnamese anthology series of supernatural tales modeled after Rod Serling’s “The Twiglight Zone.”
His other current projects include “The Informer”, an action-drama set in South Vietnam, and “Underground”, a supernatural thriller.
Find out more about the film and watch a trailer for Passport To Love at www.infocusmediagroup.com/PassportToLove and Clash at www.clashthemovie.com. For information on the screening contact Liz Phan at 763-923-4870 and/or [email protected].