A vivid portrayal from the point of view of a young Vietnamese widow of the legacy of the Vietnam war. It was released internationally under the name “The Love Doesn’t Come Back.” —CNN
Đặng Nhật Minh was born into a family of scholars and patriots in the ancient imperial capital of Hue in 1938.
His father, professor and wartime martyr Đặng Văn Ngữ, was a well-known doctor who was honored with the Hồ Chí Minh Award for his great medical contributions. Last year, Minh was also bestowed the same award for his contributions to the arts.
Minh translated Russian films before starting as a documentary filmmaker in 1965. He has also worked as a journalist, writer and served as the general secretary of the Vietnamese Cinema Association for 10 years from 1989.
He has won three Gold Lotus and four Silver Lotus awards for his films at the Vietnam Film Festival and many other prizes at other national film festivals.
He was the first Vietnamese director to win the prestigious Nikkei Asia prize for Culture in 1999.
Minh also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the Asian film industry at the fifth Gwangju… read more
Taking a break from Schlocktoberfest and all of its gory and absurd proceedings, we have this lush an beautiful melodrama from 1980s Vietnam. Set right after the end of the war, the film follows Duyen, a young mother who has just received the news of her husband's death a year prior. Devastated, she cannot bring herself to tell her young son or father-in-law so instead asks the local schoolteacher and poet Khang to write letters pretending to be her dead husband. But it is not long before the two are enveloped in a romance that can only end tragically. Director Dang Nhat Minh shot the film in the style of a mid-century melodrama, replete with luminous black and white photography, a crackling soundtrack, shaky tracking shots, and the old-school aspect ratio. But these techniques are more than just a gimmick, they lend the film a timeless, magical feeling. This is an emotionally joyous and heart-wrenching film. It is shot with an emotional honesty and passion that is hard to find. And Minh is a man who clearly loves the cinema. This film bursts with cinematic energy, there are moments that just gave me goose-pimples all over. An absolutely lovely, yet sadly underrated and underseen masterpiece.