Vietnamese action movie Furie wins critical acclaim for slick direction and other aspects; Hollywood’s set to take note.
Furie had a special premiere for film critics before its official debut in the U.S on March 1. Furie named Hai Phuong in Vietnamese.
Critic Cary Darling says in the Houston Chronicle that Furie is the most interesting action movie since Indonesian movie The Raid 2: Berendal. He gives the movie a 4 out of 5 rating.
He praises the film’s action scenes, particularly highlighting the talent of cascadeur Kefi Abrikh, part of famous Hollywood films like Lucy and Jason Bourne.
Directed by Le Van Kiet, Furie tells the story of a woman from the Mekong Delta whose daughter has been kidnapped. The fighting fit mother embarks on a journey to find her daughter against all odds and all the bad guys.
The film stars Ngo Thanh Van, also known as Veronica Ngo, an A-list Vietnamese actress and produced the movie.
What is the critic saying?
The critic says he expects a bright future for this Asian action movie with female protagonists, and that the film’s director Le Van Kiet and main protagonist, actress, producer Ngo Thanh Van are set to get noticed in Hollywood.
Darling writes that Furie has surpassed Peppermint, an action movie with a $25 million budget. “The next time Jennifer Garner wants to do an action movie like the flavorless Peppermint, she could take a few lessons from Veronica Ngo, the explosively charismatic star of the head-cracking, bone-breaking Vietnamese martial-arts slam-o-rama ‘Furie’,” he says.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film review website, Darling is an officially approved “top critic.”
Film critic Douglas Davidson says in the Elements of Madness that the film has been given a “personal and intimate” feel director Le Van Kiet, who has also mixed emotional and action scenes very well.
Davidson also rates the film 4 out of 5.
Douglas compares Furie to John Wick (2014), the famous action film starring Keanu Reeves. He praises the director’s ability to keep the film development smooth and make the fighting movements clear.
“The way Kiet films the scenes, you’d almost never know that each of the central characters has a stunt person” Davidson writes.
The film has also received positive comments for costumes, make-up and choice of locations.
Van and Well Go USA Entertainment have signed an agreement for showing the movie in the U.S.
Van is no stranger to Hollywood. She has acted in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Netflix to screen action film Furie
Released in Vietnamese cinemas in February, the action film has become Vietnam’s highest grossing film of all time. It also collected $600,000 in two weeks after its release in the U.S.
Netflix is one of the top online movie streaming platforms in the world. Users pay every month to watch the movies available on the system.
Vietnamese action film Furie shown online movie streaming platform Netflix on May 22.
Before Furie, two Vietnamese movies Trung So (Jackpot) and Chung Cu Ma (Hush) have been shown on this platform. Ngo Thanh Van, Furie’s producer and lead actress. Ngo Thanh Van has played a role in two films produced by Netflix, Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger 2 and Bright.
Action flick Furie to premiere in China
Vietnamese action flick and blockbuster “Hai Phuong” (Furie) will be released in Chinese cinemas on September 20.
Furie producer Ngo Thanh Van said it took 7 months for the blockbuster to be cleared for nationwide screening by Chinese censors. Van is both the producer and leading actor in the movie.
Van’s company and its partner Arclight Film have reached an agreement with Huaxin Film Distribution to release Furie in China, one of the most challenging markets for international movies, since the government has a quota system designed to restrict the number of foreign films screened in the country.
Action flick Furie to compete at Oscars 2020
Blockbuster “Hai Phuong” (Furie) will represent Vietnam at the 2020 Oscars, competing in the Best International Feature Film award category.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has chosen Furie to compete at Hollywood’s 92nd Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will shortlist 10 finalists by the end of this year and the 5 nominees will be announced in January 2020.