Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- 2 Cool 2 be 4gotten 2016

- The Mark of the Bell Witch 2020

- The Ventures: Stars on Guitars 2020

- Incision 2020

- Two Twisted Tales 2021

- Beasts Clawing at Straws 2020

- Return to Splatter Farm 2020

- Burst City 1982

- Without a Body 2017

- Love in Dangerous Times 2020

- The Retreat 2020

- Acquainted 2018

- The 5th Dimension 2012

- Beast Mode 2020

- Cup of Cheer 2020

- Keeping Rosy 2014

- The Devils Heist 2020

- Killing Time 2019

- My Summer as a Goth 2018

- The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw 2020

- Curse of the Black Shuck 2020

- It's Just a Game 2018

- Daughters of Darkness 1971

- Rumble Strip 2019

- A Bennett Song Holiday 2020

- Break Even 2020

- Greatland 2020

- Goodnight, Halloween 2020

- Playhouse 2020

- Into Light 2020

- The Other Soul to Evie 2020

- Fugue 2018

- Opus of an Angel 2017

- All Joking Aside 2020

- Painter 2020

- The Last Starfighter 1984

- Acute Misfortune 2018

- Welcome to the Circle 2020

- Fingers 2019

- Sleepless Beauty 2020

- Lost in Sleep 2020

- Complacent 2012

- Dream Round 2020

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Song Lang

Vietnam 2018
produced by
Veronica Ngo (= Ngo Thanh Van), Irene Trinh, Pham Thanh Hai (executive), Nguyen Nu Nhu Khue (executive), Nguyen Thu Thuy (executive), Vo Thi Hong Van (executive), Pham Phuong Dung (executive), Amy Tran Nitao (executive)
directed by Leon Le
starring Isaac, Lien Binh Phat, Minh Phuong, Tu Quyen, Huynh Ngoc Lan, Le Thi, Thach Kim Long, Cat Vy, Bao Xuyen, Nguyen Bao Chau, Nguyen Thi Kieu Trinh (as Kieu Trinh), Huu Quoc, Thanh Tu, Phuoc Tinh, Ron Vuong, Xuan Truong, Kim Phuong, Doan Minh Tuan, Hoang Sang, Hong Sap, Kim Chi
written by Leon Le, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, music by Ton That An

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Saigon, the 1980s: Dung (Lien Binh Phat) is a debt collector for crime queen bee Auntie Nga (Minh Phuong), and he's one of the toughest in the business and mighty proud of it. Phung (Isaac) is a performer with a Vietnamese opera troupe who has only recently been promoted to leading man status - for his youthful good looks mostly as his peers tell him his singing and acting lack real emotion one can only achieve from experiences he just hadn't yet had. Their passes cross when Dung comes to collect money from the theatre Phung is about to have his premiere at, and when the owner can't pay, he threatens to burn the costumes and can only just be talked out of it. However, something about the theatre clicks with Dung as his father has been an opera performer himself, and the same night he comes back just to watch the premiere - and when he then meets Phung backstage, the meeting is nothing short of awkward. However, Phung pays his debt to Auntie Nga the next day, and his and Dung's paths cross again later when he's beaten into unconsciousness by a gang of thugs before Dung can interfere and repay the thugs in kind, then drag Phung back to his place to wait for him to come to again. And when Phung does, the situation quickly gets awkward again, until Dung can convince him he means no harm. And since Phung seems to have lost his keys in the schuffle earlier, Dung even offers him a place to crash. And over the night, the men grow closer and closer to one another, also when Phung learns more and more about Dung's caring side. And Phung also leaves his mark on Dung, to an extent that he wants to give up his debt collector. It really seems that this might develop into more than a friendship even - but sometimes, fate deals a cruel hand ...

 

A very nice melodrama that blends elements of gangster thriller, social drama, character study, love story, journey to self discovery and Vietnamese opera, and the outcome is something very unique, a compelling film that wears its heart on its sleeve but always manages to avoid the trappings of pure kitsch by always putting storytelling above grand but empty emotions, while packing everything into a cinematically accomplished whole that hits all the right notes, making this a joy to watch.

 

... and if this has at all gotten you interesting, you can catch the movie at Laemmle Virtual Cinema until November 12th 2020: https://www.laemmle.com/film/song-lang

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Song Lang
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Song Lang here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Song Lang at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD