01/09/2021 12:19 GMT+7 print

The director who creates unique stories

The Vietnamese film “Father and Son” directed by Luong Dinh Dung has won the Best Asian Film Award at Iran's 2018 Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF), beating out thousands of submissions. According to Luong Dinh Dung, that is the most effective and fastest way to promote culture, people and an entire nation to friends around the world.

There are a few people who know that the well-known director was not a good child in the past. With his mother’s love and tolerance, though, he became a good man. According to Dung, his mother inspired him a lot about art. When he was 12, he did a homework which was to describe a rabbit by writing a poem. His teacher gave him mark 1 because she thought Dung copied the poem. Dung was then encouraged by his mother when she said “She misunderstands you so your poem must have been very nice”.

“I was afraid and obsessed with the story on which the movie is based for a long time”, Dung recalled of a story which inspired him to make “Father and son”. When Dung was 6, on the way to Tuyen Quang with his father, they witnessed an 18-year-old boy using a bamboo carrying pole to beat his own father. Dung’s father went to stop the beating and asked the father why he did not call the police. The father said his son beat him just because he was drunk and he thought the son would go back to being normal when he was sober.

"Father and son" was born with a desire to arouse the humanity in someone who forgets it because of their busy life. A father's love or a mother's love is a great and very sacred thing. "In the film, details of the dream of flying on an airplane is also a dream that I had which was to take my mother on an airplane but she passed away before I could do it”, Dung said. Director Mike Newell who directed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", "Prince of Persia", "Four Weddings and a Funeral", commented: "Luong Dinh Dung is the creator of beautiful images and different stories".

 
Director Luong Dinh Dung.


Director Luong Dinh Dung received the "Best Asian Film" award at the 36th Iran International Film Festival. 


Director Luong Dinh Dung takes pictures with child actors in the movie "Father and son". 


Director Luong Dinh Dung and the actors of 
"578: Bullets of a mad man”.
 

"The quality of Luong Dinh Dung" is also strongly expressed through his films. 

This is the reason why Dung decided to film "578: Bullets of a mad man” even though the film’s topic is controversial and many people tried to prevent it from being made. Through the film, Dung wanted to convey a strong message to the community that it is important to prevent child sexual abuse.

Dung made a film about pedophilia showing the anger of a father, the pain of the victim and the psychological damage that sometimes last permanently. With the message “Bộ phim của chúng ta - Tiếng nói của chúng ta” (Make Our Film - Raise Our Voice), Dung hopes "578: Bullets of a mad man” will be the voice of the whole community.



"Father and son" was born with a desire to arouse the humanity in someone who forgets it because of their busy life. 


"Father and son" filming location.



The filming location of "578: Bullets of a mad man". 


“578: Bullets of a mad man” was filmed in Trang An (Ninh Binh). 


578: Bullets of a mad man” gives the audience a visual satisfaction with the majestic natural scenery of the country.


"578: Bullets of a mad man” was filmed in Moc Chau (Son La). 


With the message “Bộ phim của chúng ta - Tiếng nói của chúng ta” (Make Our Film - Raise Our Voice), Dung hopes "578: Bullets of a mad man” will be the voice of the whole community.


The martial arts action part in the movie "578: Bullets of a mad man" is handled by a team of Korean action film experts, led by Director Oh Sea Young, who participated in many Korean and Hollywood blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Ultron (Avengers: Empire of Ultron) and Snowpiercer (Ice Train).

"The quality of Luong Dinh Dung" is also strongly expressed through his films. That is why, his films often make a very strong impression on people. In "Father and son", the sad images of the small human condition are balanced by a poetic and attractive frame of nature and plants. Meanwhile, "578: Bullets of a mad man” not only contains a lot of unexpected elements in the content, but also gives the audience a visual satisfaction with the majestic natural scenery of the country.

The quality of poetry and music in Luong Dinh Dung's film is also a special point. The poetry in "Father and son" is evaluated clearly compared to many other Vietnamese films. Many people even said there are frames in the film that can be considered a poem.
Story: Thao Vy        Photos: Tran Ngoc Son        Translated by Hong Hanh