Premiering this week, “Go-Go Sisters” (known in the Vietnamese market as Tháng Năm Rực Rỡ) has been making waves in Vietnamese theaters, receiving critical acclaim and having 90% of the seats reserved in early screenings, which is unheard of for a Vietnamese movie.
Based on “Sunny”, a Korean romantic comedy, “Go-Go Sisters” is about a group of seven girlfriends reuniting after 25 years apart. The storyline parallels the main characters as young, rebellious students in 1970’s South Vietnam and as mature women in a post-unification, modern Vietnam.
In a market saturated with remakes, what sets this movie apart is the masterful adaptation by director Nguyen Quang Dung who made the story more relatable for Vietnamese audiences. Dung is known as the director of Lady Assassins and the award-winning film, Kiss of the Death. Under Dung’s direction, the themes of rebellious youth in Vietnam War, the subsequent separation of friends and families, and eventual reunion and healing appeal to audience both young and old. The soundtrack contains modern covers of classic songs from the 1970’s era, as well as new songs written for the movie and a homage to Fred Astaire’s “Singin’ in the Rain”.
Go-Go Sisters is the first theatrical production of CJHK, the joint venture between Korea’s CJ E&M and Vietnam’s HKFilm. “The high quality of Go-Go Sisters validates our investment vision that a union between Korea and Vietnam’s top production companies will result in quality entertainment that our audience deserves,” noted Louie Nguyen, HKFilm Board member and an executive producer of Go-Go Sisters.