Film fest to fete Vietnam-South Korea friendship

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  South Korean actress Cha Ye Ryeon is welcomed by Vietnamese fans as she arrives at the Tan Son Nhat airport on October 17. Photo: T.N

The first Vietnam - Korea Film Festival held October 18 to 24 in Ho Chi Minh City will celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

The film festival, featuring ten outstanding Korean movies under the theme "Connecting Souls," will have South Korean actress Cha Ye Ryeon and Vietnamese actor Johnny Tri Nguyen as its ambassadors.

The actress is known for her main role in "Muoi," a horror movie, a co-production of Vietnamese and Korean filmmakers, as well as many other films and TV series. Tri Nguyen shot to fame as a professional stuntman in Hollywood before returning to Vietnam and becoming a popular action star.

On October 18, the festival opened with the premiere of "Masquerade", a Korean blockbuster this year starring famous actor Lee Byung Hun. The film's director Choo Chang Min is also attending the festival as a special guest.

The film festival will be held in Hanoi in December 6-8.

Several sports and cultural activities apart from the film festival will celebrate the friendship, including a golf tournament, a Vietnam-Korea chamber music concert on November 17, a K-pop gala on November 24, Walking Day on December 1, photography and calligraphy exhibition from December 2-6 and the final round of a Korean eloquence contest on December 8.

Korean hand Super Junior will provide a grand finale with "Asian Super Showcase in Vietnam" on December 21.

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