Viet films shown (free) at OC Film Fiesta

Porter Lynn as Tam, in "Touch"

The Orange County Film Fiesta, part of the Santa Ana two-weeks’ long festivities, will be hosting a Vietnamese Cinema Night this Saturday, preceded by a wine reception at VAALA Center also in Santa Ana.

The films shown are: “Touch” by Minh Duc Nguyen, a boy-meets-girl love story taking place in a nail salon; preceded by two shorts, “Fading Light” by Thien Do, and “Dandiggity: Corner Shop Poet,” by Viet Nam Nguyen.

The wine reception is at 4pm-5:30pm, VAALA, 1600 N. Broadway, Santa Ana.

The screening is at 6pm, the Yost Theatre, 307 N. Spurgeon, Santa Ana.

Both events are free.

Touch was shown at this year’s Vietnamese International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award for a feature film.

Both Fading Light (Vietnamese title “Theo Hướng Đèn Mà Đi“) and Dandiggity were also shown at ViFF, where Fading Light won the Audience Choice Award for a short film.

“I really look forward to showing my movie Touch to the Latino community in Santa Ana and getting their feedback,” Minh told the Bolsavik.

“In my opinions, there’s a lot of similarities between the Latino and Vietnamese-American communities,” he said, “and historically in America, we have always been neighbors. So I think it’s important, as well as fun, for our two communities to have cultural exchanges in some of the things that we are passionate about such as food, music, art, and movies.”

The story of “Touch” takes place at a salon named “VIP Nail.” Manicurist Tam (Porter Lynn) has a new customer: Brendan (John Ruby), a mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails, and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse: “Your hands are filthy!”

Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day, where Tam also offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist.

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14 Responses to Viet films shown (free) at OC Film Fiesta

  1. HONKY says:


  2. Polly Kracher says:

    Did you all watch the Henry Kissinger interview broadcasted yesterday on the National Geographic channel? His exact words were “the fall of Vietnam was unnecessary…” We (United States) “did it to ourselves”, and the South Vietnamese had nothing to do with the fall of Saigon or Vietnam. The VCs sent entire army to Saigon, and the South Vietnamese troops held them back for three days.

  3. Bo May says:

    “Little knowledge is a dangerous thing”.

  4. henry kissingerberg says:

    henry kissinger is a right wing new con zionist jew.

  5. Bo May says:

    kissinger make his living on false promises and telling people what they want to hear, it’s funny to know some crackers did not know it yet and they still to his words like the godspel from above.

  6. Bo May says:

    kissinger make his living on false promises and telling people what they want to hear, it’s funny to know some crackers did not know it yet and they still cite his words like the godspel from above.

  7. Polly Kracker says:

    If Henry Kissinger is lying, then it is true that the Viets sold their country out and fled like coward according to BM…btw D.M.M. BM!

  8. Jung Kim says:

    Polly Kracker is lying…. Kracker still needs our Viets to sign his pay check.

  9. MN says:

    Some people claim they are so intellectual and elite. If they are so intelligent, why can’t they simply overwhelm us with ideas, and leave the cussing out? They don’t know how to express ideas, so the swearing is the best they can come up with. They’re so cheese and crackers!

  10. Polly Kracker says:

    Then there’s JK-the infinite ding dong. Try reading the entire thread, rather than the one line above. B(o) M(ai) said that H(enry) K(issinger) lies to further his personal gain. Does HK lie all the time, most, or some? If a liar lies about his admission of guilt, what would be his gain? To show the mighty power he once held or possibly still holds today? To amend what was done in the past?

    The man is really old now. The average viewer would only construe such an interview as some sort of death-bed confession but on the record. There are snippets of video clips where HK instructs the interviewer what they can/cannot show. HK even edits his video recording to present his best.

    BM’s contribution to my mentioning of the video is very typical of Viets-putting one’s personal emotion into anything and everything. Rather than stating one’s thinking on the topic, Viets would rather attack the person. Imaging this raw emotion as part of the decision making process-recipe for disaster. Hence, anything Viet (without adoption of modern ideas and concepts) will mostly be backward and ignorant, leading to a downward spiral.

  11. Octoman says:

    I do hope you all are letting non-Viets blogging on your behalf. For all you non-native speakers, mentioning someone’s religion or race is anti everything, especially when it is completely out of context, especially Jewish people. Don’t follow that gerbil loving jerk-off and go around being racist and set a bad example for all Viets. Look at the mess he and the other racist have done to their own blog BS site, let alone having difficulty producing his wife’s legal document. “Jew” is a derogatory expression in any case.

  12. Jung Kim says:

    Polly Kracker the extremely confused, has difficult time understanding what he is babbling about himself… this idiot’s negative mind is always floating far off the chart from this planet .

  13. Jung Kim says:

    Hmmm…. what is the meaning of being called a “Jew” in today’s society?

    It probably means…….. penny pinching, cheap and selfish , wealthy but still greedy . not good for the community person.

    Yeah, it sure has negative connotation.

  14. Jung Kim says:

    It’s much better to be called a ” Viet” than a “Jew”.

    Our Viets posses many good qualities over all.

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