(PLO)- Actor Cong Hau and his son – young director Nhat Duy “risked their lives” when selling land to make the movie Virus hysteria, which was released to the audience on Halloween.
Virus hysteria, the debut movie of young director Nhat Duy – the son of actor Cong Hau and voice artist Bich Ngoc, is about to be released as a destiny attached to the title Virus hysteria.
The exciting commitment of the father and son Cong Hau
The movie “Virus Hysteria” was filmed in only two months, from the end of 2019 but did a lot of elaborate post-production up to eight months. Nhat Duy shared that he had to rely on three post-production crews during the COVID-19 epidemic.
“For 8-9 months, every day I saw Nhat Duy working hard to fix each frame, from early morning to late at night. Poor kid, passionate about making movies like his father when he was young. As for me, I went back and forth, counting back and forth, it took about … 8 billion dong for the movie. It costs too much but I’m happy!” – actor Cong Hau confided.
Cong Hau’s father and Nhat Duy’s son both sold land to make films. Photo: NVCC
Cong Hau humorously said that he had to sell several litters of pigs to raise money for Nhat Duy to make movies. The son laughed: “My father joked for fun. Dad sold the land, I sold the film land. Thinking back from more than two years ago until the hysteria Virus, thinking about my three children risking their lives.”
Since being a student at the School of Theater and Cinema, Nhat Duy has been immersed in zombie movies such as Alive, Train To Busan, Penisula (Korea), I am A Hero (Japan), Fear The Walking Dead (USA)… The student lost his appetite and lost sleep with the idea of incubating a zombie movie with a Vietnamese brand. Quietly, Nhat Duy worked hard to write the script and “conspiracy” to convince his three film companions. Occasionally, Nhat Duy shows films about zombies and action-packed conflicts in modern society for his father. The rain soaked for a long time, one day Nhat Duy gave the script he wrote thanks to his father’s comments, thinking that Cong Hau dismissed it…
Cong Hau is an actor in his son’s movie. Photo: DPC
Producer Cong Hau revealed that the main theme of the film is zombies, but in this horror film circuit are gentle slices, very ordinary.
The film talks about food safety, which happens somewhere in everyday life as shared by Cong Hau: “There are people who are greedy, do not think about the benefit of the community, making dirty food that causes disease. It breaks my heart to know that so many young people, only 30-40 years old, have died from cancer, partly from this cause. We want to condemn evil, to contribute a voice to make this life better and kinder.”
“Going to the set, no father and son at all”
The hysteria virus was originally titled Strange Footage. The film chooses a scene to shoot in Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc, sometimes only setting up a scene of an ethnic village that has lost nearly 600 million VND. The fixed film crew has about 100 people, at the most there are 50 young people playing the role of zombies filming the big scenes.
Every day, three masquerade nests have to get up at 5 am, shaping each zombie takes about 20 minutes, after filming a few scenes, they hear the rooster crowing again. The cost of accommodation for more than 100 people, each month Cong Hau father and son lost billions of silver.
About the hysterical virus
The film is 75 minutes long about zombie zombies, set in a highland film crew suddenly hit by a zombie epidemic, when the members get poisoning from food of unknown origin.
The film crew had an accident in the high mountains and had to use all means to go to the airport to find a way to live. In the liberation of the zombie apocalypse, people planned and trampled each other to survive at the last step. The film also condemns those who ignore business ethics, do not care about food safety for money, and cause harm to public life. From the fact that the severe impact of the COVID-19 epidemic has just happened, the filmmakers want to convey to the audience a message about the sense of health protection for the community.
Asked if the young director was shy at the first time making a movie in theaters, whether he believed in ticket sales or not, Nhat Duy smiled before he could speak, artist Cong Hau said: “I think it’s not just my father. My son makes movies that any producer does, no one predicts anything, profits and losses are at one time or another. We accept the risk. I just hope the audience supports young people who dare to experience, dare to do, dare to endure. The feature of this film is that it is not always good to invite famous actors.
I see a lot of young people who are not famous but have good acting skills. The successful hysteria virus belongs to the same crew. And in the worst case, we are also comfortable, my son and his partner have more lessons learned.”
“I want to have a unique feature of Zombie Vietnam, different from the US, Korea, Japan… even though the Zombie image has common characteristics from skin color, teeth, hair… I think, not only Vietnamese audiences, but people as well. Foreigners when choosing Virus hysteria must have something to see” – ONLY director.
Another interesting thing, Cong Hau is an actor in a son’s movie. When he was famous for the feature film Pham Cong Cuc Hoa as the treacherous General Le Bao in 1989, three years later, Nhat Duy was born. The 60-year-old artist is still witty and said: “I am old, or nostalgic. My son is too young, there are things to try to understand each other. Out on the set of Virus hysteria, there was no father and son at all. It even made me go back and forth when it was right. I acted in more than 100 movies and was still “treated” like that, child to child.