Film studios are hoping that the release of new movies for the Christmas and New Year holidays will attract young audiences during one of the most profitable seasons of the year.

The 100-minute comedy De Hoi Tinh (Hoi's Life) is expected to be a hit and a step forward for the season.

Its producers, Galaxy Studio (Thien Ngan), CJ Entertainment, Chanh Phuong Film and Early Rise Media Group, hired Vietnamese-American director Charlie Nguyen, and invited comedian Thai Hoa and fashion model-actress Diem My, one of the industry's young stars.

The film is about Hoi, played by Hoa, a gay man who faces challenges in finding his true love.

Hoa's previous films, Long Ruoi and Teo Em, both set box-office records last season.

While Long Ruoi (Mr Long) earned more than 42 billion VND (2 million USD) in ticket sales, Teo Em (Teo's Younger Borther) helped its producer bring home nearly 60 billion VND (nearly 3 million USD).

"De Hoi Tinh is my third film that I play a gay man. I don't want my fans feel bored watching me, so I worked with the film's director to bring something new to my role," he said.

Hoa is called "the king of the box office" by more than 32,000 fans, who follow his fan page.

Other comedies during the holiday include Sieu Nhan X (Superman X) and Trung So (Win the Jackpot), both produced by HK Film and Dreamscape.

Nguyen Quang Dung's Sieu Nhan X features kung-fu scenes starring pop stars Phuong Thanh and Ngo Kien Huy.

Dustin Nguyen's Trung So used Vietnamese-American comedian Chi Tai to attract fans. Both promise lively sound and light effects.

Le Van Kiet's Rung Xac Song (The Lost Tour) is a horror film about a group of young people haunted by ghosts in a jungle.

The production stars Hollywood special effects specialist Cat Paschen and actor Juke Jones.

After watching, young audiences will learn about bravery, honour, and responsibility, according to the film's producer and director Kiet.

Rung Xac Song releases in cinemas a week before the New Year while other films will screen early next month.-VNA