24/25 Aug: Saigon Electric

Vietnam 2009. 1hr 46mins

  • Friday 24 August 2012, 5.00pm
  • Saturday 25 August 2012, 7.00pm

Traditional values and urban teen rebellion collide in this electrifying hip-hop dance movie from Vietnam.

Saigon Electric follows Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, as she arrives to the big city of Saigon in hopes of being admitted to the national dance academy, where she meets the rebellious Kim, A hip hop from a local crew.

Mai joins the crew as they begin training for an international streetdance competition. Will Mai find the courage to audition again for the national dance academy? Will Mai’s new friend Kim run off to Europe with her rich boyfriend or will she return to her hip hop family? Will the crew find a way to keep their community centre and find victory at the big competition? Saigon Electric is a movie that looks at young people growing up in modern day Vietnam, and their power to dream.

Saigon Electric combines the universal appeal of Step Up and Streetdance with a uniquely Vietnamese voice.

“Eye-popping, vibrant.” NEXT PROJECTION

“This is a product for a young Vietnam, something for this burgeoning young generation to call their own and identify with.” TWITCH

“It is probably the least pretentious movie I’ve seen of the film festival.” HONOLULU PULSE