Female director films romantic comedy about Saigon in the 60s hinh anh 1Actresses in a scene in Co Ba Sai Gon (Miss Sai Gon), a new film directed by female director Ngo Thanh Van. (Photo: VAAstudio)
HCM City (VNA) - Movie star, director and producer Ngo Thanh Van is working on a new film, Co Ba Sai Gon (Miss Sai Gon), after more than four months of filming a project in Hollywood.

Van and her studio, VAA, will complete post-production in July and release the film later this year.

The 90-minute romantic comedy is about Vietnamese women living in Sai Gon (now HCM City) in the 1960s. It features the culture and lifestyle of Saigonese.

The history of ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) will also be featured.

Van asked veteran actresses Diem My, Thuy Huong and People’s Artist Hong Van, three of the industry’s sexiest stars of all time voted by readers of HCM City Cinematography Magazine, to play the film’s leading roles.

She also invited young star Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, winner of the 2011 Golden Lotus Awards for best actress, presented by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, to work with her.

The film includes 3D effects with soundtracks by popular singers and pop bands.

“My film, Co Ba Sai Gon, is a romantic song by Vietnamese women who have triumphed in life and love,” said the 39-year-old Van.

Van, known as Veronica Ngo in English, has completed her latest project in Hollywood.

She spent four months in Los Angeles last year to shoot scenes for Bright, a production directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis, both of whom worked in blockbusters such as End of Watch in 2012, Furry in 2014 and Suicide Squad last year. 

The 90 million USD film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace. 

The film is about a policeman, played by Smith, and a humanoid creature called Orc, played by Edgerton, who work together to protect a magic chopstick from evil influences.

Van competed against many Asian candidates for the role, a killer named Tien.

Distributed by Netflix, the film will be in cinemas later this year. 

Bright is the second Hollywood film in which Van has appeared.

In 2015, she played a supporting role in a sequel to the 2000 Hollywood blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend.

The film was directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Michelle Yeoh, who performed in Ang Lee’s 2000 edition Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Donnie Yen.  

Van learned kung fu with experienced martial arts artists before filming her scenes in New Zealand and China.

“I have improved my skills by working with my foreign colleagues. I will bring all I have learned in Hollywood to develop my career in a professional way,” said Van.-VNA