The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese movie "Em Chưa 18" (Jailbait) was screened at the 42nd Polish Film Festival, which runs in Gdynia city from September 18 to 23.
The film screening was followed by a gathering of Vietnamese and Polish filmmakers and Vietnamese expatriates in the country. Directed by Le Thanh Son with support from Vietnamese enterprises in Poland, Jailbait earned record revenue of 150 billion VND (6.6 million USD) following 16 days of nationwide screening, becoming one of the highest-grossing Vietnamese movies to date.
A scene in Em chua 18.
With revenue of VND150 billion, Jailbait surpassed Em Là Ba Noi Cua Anh (Sweet 20), the most watched Vietnamese movie that set the Vietnamese box office record in 2015 by earning VNĐ101 billion ($4.8 million) in revenue. Besides this, the music video of Yeu La Tha Thu (Love is Forgiving), a song from Jailbait, also got 24 million views on YouTube.
A romantic comedy, Jailbait is a love triangle involving high school student Linh Dan, her boyfriend Tony and a Sai Gon playboy Hoang. Linh Dan is in a relationship with Tony, a handsome sportsman who is every girl’s dream, including Yen. Trouble begins when Linh Dan spots Tony kissing Yen at a school party and decides to make him feel jealous and hurt for cheating and losing a girl like her.
She dresses up sexily to woo Hoang, has a one-night stand with him and then blackmails him into pretending to be her boyfriend under the threat that otherwise she would make public their sex video, which will get him into trouble as she is under 18.
The movie stars new actors Kieu Minh Tuan (Hoang), Tony (Will from 365 music band), Chau Bui (Yen) and Keity Nguyen (Linh Dan), who is 18 years old and moved to the US when she was 10. She is known for her online beauty videos and has no previous acting experience.
In addition, other Vietnamese works introduced at the event were “Phien cho vung cao” (weekend market in mountainous region) and “Mui Ne, vung bien thuc” (Mui Ne, a sleepless sea). They are documentaries produced to promote Vietnamese tourism.
On the sidelines of the film festival, Ngo Phuong Lan, Director of the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, had a working session with the Polish Filmmakers Association on collaboration of Vietnamese and Polish film producers. The signing of the pact is expected to take place during the upcoming 20th Vietnam Film Festival in Da Nang from November 24 to 28.