Filling the 581-seat theatre to the brim and requiring an extra dozen chairs, the audience at Saigon Performing Arts Center in Fountain Valley on Thursday gave the film Fool for Love (in Vietnamese: “Để Mai Tính”) a huge success of a U.S. premiere, providing its distributors with hope that the theatrical release this weekend will also be successful.
The romantic comedy, written and starring Dustin Nguyen (of 21 Jump Street fame) opens across the country today September 10.
Distributed in the U.S. by Wave Releasing, Fool For Love is directed by Charlie Nguyen, the director of The Rebel (Dòng Máu Anh Hùng), also starring Dustin Nguyen.
When The Rebel opened in Vietnam in 2007, it broke the country’s box office record. When Fool for Love came out earlier this year, it broke Vietnam’s box office record of its time too.
Fool for Love was shot in Saigon, Nha Trang and Ha Noi. The film follows the travails of earnest ballroom clerk Dung (Dustin Nguyen) as he falls in love and quits his job at a five-star hotel to pursue the affections of a beautiful lounge singer, Mai (Kathy Uyen). In his quest to track down the girl at a beach resort, comedy ensues as the penniless clerk is forced to shack up with a very rich businessman (Thai Hoa) looking for male companionship.
The film’s media kit promises that it will “leave() you laughing out loud while tugging your heart strings in one man’s pursuit of true love.”
Kathy Uyen, a Vietnamese-American from OC, previously starred in a string of Victor Vu-helmed movies, one of which (Passport to Love – Chuyện Tình Xa Xứ) won her the equivalent of a Vietnamese Oscar.
Wave Releasing is a distribution company dedicated to promoting works by Vietnamese-American filmmakers. Among its founders is Timothy Linh Bui, the director of the refugee film Green Dragon, and also of a cool little human-rights-for-Myanmar PSA spot starring Tila Tequila.
Fool for Love is shown at these theaters starting September 10:
Orange County (California): Edwards Westminster 10; Regal Garden Grove 16.
Dallas (Texas- Garland) : AMC Firewheel 18.
Dallas (Texas-Grand Prairie): Cinemark Movies 16.
Houston (Texas): AMC Loews Fountains 18.
San Jose (California): Camera 12 Downtown.
Atlanta (Georgia): Regal Hollywood 24 @ 1-85.
Virginia, Washington DC: Regal Ballston Commons in Falls Church.