Audience Award, Frameline 2019
Dir. Leon Le, Vietnam, 2018, 101 mins
“Visually stunning and suitably yearning” –THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Set in 1980s Saigon, the award-winning SONG LANG is a gritty underworld noir hiding a tender, romantic heart. At the film’s core is the unlikely bond that develops between hunky, brooding Dung (Lien Binh Phat), a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung (V-pop star Isaac), a charismatic young opera singer from a struggling Cai Luong troupe (traditional Vietnamese opera). The two meet when Dung comes to collect a debt from the opera troupe, but when their paths cross again, a friendship—and then more—develops, awakening surprising, tender feelings in both men. Their story, too, soon scales operatic heights.
With his first feature film, director Leon Le has delivered a rich drama: a smoldering relationship between two apparent opposites—equally uncompromising—set against the backdrop of a gorgeous, fading art form.
Q&A with director Leon Le to follow, moderated by David Ninh (Kino Lorber)
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