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The film stars and was produced by Veronica Ngo (Star Wars – the Last Jedi) and tells the story of a former gangster fighting to retrieve her daughter from the clutches of child traffickers.
The Le-Van Kiet-directed production showcases the unique skills of Vietnam’s national martial art known as vovinam and became the country’s biggest-ever box office earner with a collect of $8.6 million (200 billion dong) from its domestic release.
Produced by Studio 68, it was also distributed across 600 cinemas in the U.S. by Well Go USA Entertainment, adding $600,000 to its coffers, while it also picked up a streaming deal with Netflix.
Vietnam has been submitting films to the Oscars since 1993 when Tr?n Anh Hùng’s The Scent of Green Papaya picked up a nomination. That film remains the only Vietnamese production to make the shortlist in the foreign — or now international — category.
The 92nd Academy Awards are set to take place Feb. 9, 2020.
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