With Charlie Nguyen’s The Rebel lending a face and renewed movement in Vietnam action cinema following the successes of Tony Jaa, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan in the decade prior, martial arts fans found themselves a new hero or two with Johnny Tri Nguyen and Veronica Ngo. The two burgeoning stars would reunite several years later for Le Thanh Son’s crime thriller, Clash (or Bẫy rồng), starring the two in a story of a mercenary who gathers a ragtag team to perform a series of dangerous tasks in order to reunite with the daughter she’s been restrained from by her boss, played by Hoang Phuc Nguyen.
Johnny Tri Nguyen
Actor and action star Johnny Tri Nguyen (Da 5 Bloods) is still working in movies, though – and in my view – he’s less prolific than he should be at this stage long since landing hard and heavy fourteen years ago with a lead role in Charlie Nguyen’s The Rebel, and following suit with Thai thriller Power Kids, and Le Thanh Son’s Clash; I know for me the most fascinating turning point was when his 2013 gangster thriller, Cho Lon, got kiboshed by Vietnamese censors, only to end up leaked on the internet in its raw, unfinished form.
In a startling update for the dead-on-arrival Vietnamese martial arts gangster thriller, Bui Doi Cho Lon, Twitchfilm delivered a report this week that the film was briefly leaked online. As if the film being banned by Vietnamese censors wasn’t bad enough, director Charlie Nguyen gave a statement expressing his own sadness for how his film is being treated by online internet users.
The film’s official Facebook page has been on a serious promotional blitz since trailers started appearing online, displaying several behind the scenes photos, action photos, caricatures, behind the scenes reels and even a photoshoot for Elle Men. “Bụi đời Chợ Lớn” comes from writer/director “Truc” Charlie Nguyen and is described as an epic gangster story that takes place in a town in Saigon, depicting the lives of four main characters played by Johnny Trí Nguyễn (who is also serving as action director), Hoàng Phúc, Long Điền and Hà Hiền which all intersect in a 24-hour period. The film also stars Huỳnh Bích Phương, Hoàng Phi and Nhung Kate.
From the team that brought you Clash and The Rebel, Bụi Đời Chợ Lớn is described as an epic gangster story that takes place in a town in Saigon, regarding the events between four main characters played by Johnny Trí Nguyễn (who is also serving as action director), Hoàng Phúc, Long Điền and Hà Hiền in a 24-hour period.