Bỗng Dưng Muốn Khóc
English Title: Suddenly I Want to Cry
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Finally! After all these years watching Chinese dramas and Korean, crying head over heels, only to look back and wish that one day Vietnamese dramas will be just as good … FINALLY the time has come for a screen writer, a director that can produce such a hit and this drama, “Bỗng Dưng Muốn Khóc” has really hit the mark for me. Check it out.
The screen writer who is also the director, Vu Ngoc Dang, has written fairytale-liked about a rich boy named Nam and an orphaned girl named Truc. Nam was born to the life of luxury, the typical playboy, later turned good after meeting Truc who lives in an abandoned house, cannot read, and make her living by selling old books on the street. Nam came to live in Truc’s house after being banished by his parents who interestingly enough claims that they are not his real parents and abandon him to teach him a lesson. Personally, this is the weakest part of the story line. The parents, after being so disappointed with Nam’s horrific lifestyle, which they help create, handed him over to Truc to teach their son for them (*cough* uhhh …) . They asked Truc to take care of Nam, teach him some life skills and in turn they will give Truc money to open her own book store. Now, if you are an avid drama addict like me, you know that obviously Nam will eventually fall in love with Truc in the process, found out of this deal, gets mad at her, and then regret his decision and go back to find her. End of story.
What makes this drama different from all the other Vietnamese dramas?
Tang Thanh Ha plays the role of Truc beautifully. I think she is perfect in the roles of strong women who strive for the best among all the adversities. She is also beautiful in her own right, always wearing the white ao dai to sell books in the street. Her portrayal of Truc was good, even though she still needs to work on showing her crying faces or sad faces.
Nam is played by Luong Manh Hai, who, I must admit, I did not like at the beginning. He is scrawny, still looks like he is in high school and was definitely outshined by Tang Thanh Ha in this movie. He did an okay job and I think he grows on you after a while. I think he match up well with Tang Thanh Ha. However, I would choose an actor who has a more “manly”, strong-willed look. Luong Manh Hai will be a better fit for the guy who loves the girl and was never chosen.
The best besides Ha, are the many actors and actresses who play the sidekicks. Noticable mention here is Hiếu Hiền, who plays the street vendor madly in love with Truc and amuses the audience with his singing, silly comments, and readings of “Dế Mèn Phiêu Lưu Ký.” I just love this character and he cracks me up all the time. There are also the “bad guys” who consists of Model Vân Anh who plays the gold-digger ex-girlfriend of Nam and picks on the couple after seeing Nam poor. There’s also two members of the band A#, Chí Thiện and Minh Tuấn who did a great job playing the sidekicks. These two definite has potentials in other roles, but they will need lots more experience on screen.
The drama is set in Phu My Hung, which is known for its Western-style houses and streets. There are not a lot of screen time for the slums of Ho Chi Minh city or the dirty streets. All the streets featured are in the center of the city, which I think is fine because through these dramas, Vietnam should be seen as a place someone would like to visit. You don’t find a lot of Korean dramas showing the “dirty” side of their country. The script is great and consistent with the director’s style, who also directs and wrote “Nhung Co Gai Chan Dai ” (Long-legged Girls) and “Beautiful By Every Centimeter” etc…
I definitely recommend this dramas for all Vietnamese and dramas-addicts.
Enjoy this couple? Check out their new feature film to be released 2009: