|Voice of a
generation: Trinh Cong Son impressed audiences both with
his poetic music and magnetic personality. ó VNS File
pays tribute to war-singer Son
A movie on
the life and works of the famous anti-war musician Trinh Cong Son
will hit the screens by the end of this year.
private studio, Tan Huu Nghi, has commissioned Meritorious Artist,
the director Le Dan, to do the project and he plans to begin
shooting this July.
will also write the screenplay for Trinh Cong Son-Song va Yeu
(Trinh Cong Son-Life and Love), knew Son since the days they were
in the Sai Gon studentsí anti-war movement in the 1970s.
collected documents from various sources. You could say I lived
with Son for three years, especially the last half year when I
begin to write the screenplay," Dan said. He meant listening
to Sonís music and soaking it up.
will be about the life of the musician who reacted to the war with
several pacifist songs like Ca Khuc Da Vang (Yellow-skinned Peopleís
Songs), Ta Phai Thay Mat Troi (We Must See the Sunlight) and Kinh
Viet Nam (Vietnamese Prayer).
Son was born
in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac and grew up in Hue.
He trained to become a teacher before beginning to write love
songs in the late 50s.
died three years ago, music remained an integral part of his life
and the two-episode film will feature 50-60 of his favourite
that the life and works of Son were so rich that he doesnít need
to fictionalise the film to make it interesting.
He went to
France last February to meet a Japanese student Yoshi Michiko who
did a masterís degree thesis on "Anti-War Songs of Trinh
admirers in Japan where he was awarded a prize in 1969. However,
details about the Golden Disc prize given to him are sketchy
though Dan hoped to gather them during a visit to Japan in May
hoped to co-operate with Japanese and French partners with a few
scenes to be shot in the two countries. The rest of the 180-minute
film will be shot mostly in Sai Gon, Hue, Quy Nhon and Lam Dong.
budget of a few billion dong, the film is set for release
in foreign countries where Son is loved by many overseas
wanted the filmís post-production to be done abroad to ensure
to have found an actor with an uncanny resemblance to the late
musician to play the part.
Son, who passed away after a prolonged illness in HCM City, was
awarded the 2004 World Peace Music Award. ó VNS