"Quiet American' director returns to Vietnam

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Renowned film director Phillip Noyce arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday to launch the Vietnamese edition of his authorized biography "Backroads to Hollywood."

Since 1995, he has made four trips to Vietnam, a country he was connected with by "fate," as he told Thanh Nien.

"Backroads to Hollywood," written by Ingo Petzke, records the story of Noyce, one of Australia's most prolific and respected filmmakers, in the period of 2000-2004.

Besides introducing the book, Noyce will also attend other activities such as conferences and talk shows to share his movie-making experiences.

He said the Vietnamese film industry has much potential thanks to the country's long-standing culture and many modern issues it is facing. The most important problem with the industry, however, is finding investments for filmmaking.

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"This is what I will discuss with local directors and producers," he told Thanh Nien.

"I want to contribute more to the Vietnamese movie industry," he said.

Dead Calm, The Bone Collector, Catch a Fire, The Quiet American and Salt are among the movies that contribute to making the name Phillip Noyce familiar with a Vietnamese audience.

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