Vietnamese International Film Festival Opens Tonight in OC

Hip Hop in Ho Chi Minh
Hip Hop in Ho Chi Minh

The acclaimed Vietnamese International Film Festival--an eight-day showcase of short and feature films--launches tonight in Irvine with Stephane Gauger's impressive Saigon Electric, a drama about hip-hop dancers and present-day youth culture in Vietnam.

You can see Gauger's opening night film for $20 at the Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine, near UC Irvine. 

It's the biennial festival's fifth showing and it could be the best yet with more films than ever, according to festival co-director, Ysa Le.

The most controversial film to air (7:30 p.m. on April 17) is likely Bi, Don't Be Afraid, which has sparked controversy in Vietnam for its full-frontal nudity, sex, voyeurism, masturbation and mature themes involving three generations of a family in Hanoi. 

In Bi, Don't Be Afraid, a female teacher is hot for a student
In Bi, Don't Be Afraid, a female teacher is hot for a student

​Go HERE to see the festival's entire schedule.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly 

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