SONG LANG2020-07-01T16:57:19-06:00
SONG LANG
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Directed by: Leon Le
Runtime: 101 min
Year: 2018
Country: Vietnam
Rated: Not Rated
Language: Vietnamese
Subtitles: English
Film Type: Dramatic
Format: Streaming
Restrictions: Available only in the US
Cast: Kim Chi, Isaac, & Vu T. Le Thi

Set in 1980s Saigon, well before the U.S. embargo on Vietnam was lifted in 1994, Song Lang depicts a gritty underworld whose only source of brightness comes from the gorgeous stage productions of a local opera troupe. A hunky, brooding debt collector forms an unlikely friendship with the charismatic lead actor of the struggling company, and their friendship, to their surprise, awakens feelings in both men.

A song lang is a percussion instrument used to control tempo and phrasing in Vietnamese modern folk opera. In the Vietnamese language, it also means “two men.”