A TV show featuring underprivileged teens and painstakingly shot action scenes will air from July 10 as educational summer entertainment for local youth.
The 32-episode-series called Vuon doi (Grove of life) focuses on a teenager who lives in a slum by railway tracks and is jailed for murdering his stepfather. It follows him as he tries to make a new life for himself.
He joins a martial arts club headed by a police officer. The club has many other neglected youth. He gets addicted to drugs and his former gangster team forces him to get involved in illegal drug trading.
Quoc Thinh, who shot to fame as a stuntman, makes his directorial debut, and also choreographs the action scenes.
The producer, Nam Saigon Film Production, has spent VND5 billion (US$ 250,000) in making the series without any sponsorship or advertisement to keep the film's educational content from being diluted by commercial demands.