Vietnam, Indonesia to co-produce gangster film

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A group of Indonesian film makers will arrive in Vietnam this month to scout locations for the shooting of a Vietnamese-Indonesian film project.

The group will visit Ho Chi Minh City, the southern coastal province of Ba Ria Vung Tau and Phan Thiet Town in South central Vietnam. They will be sampling possible shooting locations for the movie Ranh gioi trang den (White-Black Boundary).

Accordingly, Vietnam's Vinacinema Company and PT Jelita Ali from Indonesia will invest VND10 billion (US$480,000) to co-produce the film, which is expected to be released in both Indonesia and Vietnam on April 27 and other countries later.

The film, to be directed by Indonesian director Najantolisa, who has produced several blockbuster films in his home country, will feature actresses Nhu Thao and Thuy Diem from Vietnam, as well as Indonesia's Guntur Triyono, Roger Danuarta, Siti Dewi Rahmawati, and Pang Swee Teow from Singapore.

Vietnam's Huy Khanh and Vo Thanh Tam are still being considered for the leading role, which requires good martial arts skills.

Ranh gioi trang den is the story of Nguyen Lu, a film martial arts instructor, and his younger sister Bich Thuy, who by accident are involved in a police investigation which relates to a drug-related gang led by So Thien.

Apart from Ranh gioi trang den, Vinacinema, a Vietnamese film distributor and producer of more than 40 cinema theaters nationwide, and PT Jelita Ali are also working together on another film project called Tinh ao (Virtual Love), of which, 80 percent will be shot on location in Indonesia.

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