Film as an effective channel to promote Vietnamese culture to the public in Korea

As the first activity of Viet Nam Days in Korea 2022, Viet Nam – Korea Film Exchange successfully opened on the evening of December 2nd at CGV Myeongdong Station Cinelibrary (Seoul). In two days of screening from December 3rd to 4th, Viet Nam Cinema Department selected outstanding movies from Viet Nam to introduce the beauty of Vietnamese people and culture to the public in Korea.

The opening ceremony honored to have to the participation of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Republic of Korea Nguyen Vu Tung, Chairman of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Vice President at CJ Cheiljedang Corp Hee Kyung Jo Min, General Director of CGV Vietnam Ko Jea Soo, Deputy Head of Viet Nam Cinema Department (Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism) Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.

Deputy Head of Viet Nam Cinema Department Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Vietnamese Ambassador to Republic of Korea Nguyen Vu Tung, Vice President at CJ Cheiljedang Corp Hee Kyung Jo Min

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The two well-known films displayed at the opening ceremony were Superstar Teacher (produced by CJ Entertainment Vietnam in 2019) and the nine-minute cartoon Spring Roll Dream, directed by Mai Vu, which won the Lights On Women prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2022. 

In the next two screening days (December 3rd to 4th), audiences had a chance to enjoy exceptional feature films and short films produced by private film production companies, many of which won prestigious awards at the Viet Nam Film Festival and Golden Kite Awards. 

 

Some notable cinematic works at the film screening were: Jailbait (produced by Chanh Phuong Studio in 2017, won the Golden Lotus Award at the 20th Vietnam Film Festival), The Girl from Yesterday (produced by CJ Entertainment Vietnam in 2017), Stay Awake, Be Ready (produced by CJ Entertainment Vietnam in 2018), Blessed Land (produced by CJ Entertainment Vietnam in 2018), Live in Cloud-Cuckoo Land (produced by CJ Entertainment Vietnam in 2019). 

In addition to Vietnamese films, Viet Nam Cinema Department  also selected to screen two Korean short films, including Pitch Black by Lee Jun-sup and Honor Guard by Lee Sang-min. Both films were produced by CJ Entertainment and introduced at CJ Short Film Week 2022 in Viet Nam. 

Viet Nam – Korea Film Exchange is a significant activity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations establishment between Viet Nam and Korea. The program provided the public in Korea and Vietnamese communities with the opportunity to enjoy typical Vietnamese films, which vividly introduced and promoted Vietnamese culture to international friends. 

Following Viet Nam Film Week in Korea was held in 2017 and 2018, Viet Nam – Korea Film Exchange is the third time that the Viet Nam Cinema Department cooperated with the Korean Film Council to organize exchange and cooperation activities in areas such as culture and cinema. The program has received positive responses from the public in Korea, international audiences, and friends.  

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Republic of Korea Nguyen Vu Tung shared that “The program is a valuable occasion to bring Vietnamese culture closer to Korean friends through films. I believe that after the program, Vietnamese films and culture will become more familiar to the public in Korea.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Republic of Korea spoke at the opening ceremony

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Following the Viet Nam – Korea Film Exchange, “Viet Nam Days in Korea 2022” took place with other fascinating activities such as the Viet Nam Cultural Space and the Viet Nam – Korea Art Show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations establishment between Viet Nam and Korea.