Shooting on a joint film project between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) has begun in Da Lat, the Central Highland province of Lam Dong.
|RoK actor Han Jae-suk and Vietnamese actress Kim Tuyen play the leading roles in Paradise. (Photo: courtesy of the production crew)
The film, entitled Thien Duong (Paradise) and co-produced by Vietnamese IVonk Pictures and Korean Cion Pictures, tells of the romance between an artist and a video jockey (VJ). The two characters get acquainted with each other through email and find they have a lot in common.
Artist Quang Kha’s wife is a heart surgeon and they have a little boy. He loves his wife dearly, however their happy life ends when the wife dies in an accident. Artist Kha cannot forget his wife and sinks into misery. The artist then strikes up a new relationship with the VJ.
The script was penned by Nguyen Hoang Hanh Nhan and Tu Thu over three years. The movie is co-directed by Park Hee-jun and Hanh Nhan.
"I’m very glad to carry out this project which I have nurtured for three years," Hanh Nhan said at a press conference held recently in HCM City. "It is the biggest project for IVonk Pictures this year. I hope the co-operation between Vietnamese and Korean crews will bring success for the movie in both countries," said Nhan.
The scenes in Paradise are shot in Da Lat and HCM City where the two main characters reside. Korean actor Han Jae-suk and Vietnamese actress Kim Tuyen will play the two roles while the ill-fated wife will be played by businesswoman-turned-actress Ly Nha Ky.
A-list star Han is popular not only in the Republic of Korea but also in many other Asian countries, including Vietnam. RoK television series and movies such as Model and Glass Shoes are popular among Vietnamese viewers. He has starred alongside popular actresses Lin Xinru from China and Cecilia Cheung from Hong Kong.
"We have to try our best because of the language barrier," said Han. "We can understand each other through gestures and expressions. All of us made great effort in our work and I promise to work hard for a perfect movie.”
The movie crew are Vietnamese and Korean including director of photography Choi Dug-gyu; designer Tran Trung Linh and veteran actress Hong Van. Post-production will be done in Thailand and the Republic of Korea.
The film will be released in May 2019, in both Vietnam and the RoK.