Here’s a sneak peek at a film currently in production called Saigon Electric. It’s billed as Vietnam’s first hip hop movie and set for mid-December release. From writer-director Stephane Gauger (OWL & THE SPARROW), this teaser was put together after only one week of shooting. The movie is shooting in Saigon through June! For more updates, visit the website here.
Saigon Electric synopsis
Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the outskirts of Saigon arrives to the big city and forms an unlikely friendship with Kim, a rebellious street dancer who introduces her to the underground scene of hip hop crews in modern-day Vietnam.
Thoughts from director Stephane Gauger
In my wish of telling universal stories with a global outlook and a distinctly Vietnamese point of view, the seeds of “Saigon Electric” were planted. Continuing the themes of my first narrative feature “Owl and the Sparrow”, my hope is to create a visceral landscape of the hustle and bustle in modernized Vietnam. More than half of Vietnam’s current population is under the age of eighteen, born after the American War. As the doors of the West have opened up to the nation and consumerism weaves its way into the value system, youth culture is seeping onto the streets of Vietnam. Hip-hop, graffiti artists, and punk rock are alive. My wish is to give these teenagers a voice and present to an international audience a fresh new look at the dreams and struggles of Asian youth.
Saigon Electric Teaser