LÊ Bình Giang (1990, Vietnam) was educated in Film at the University of Ho Chi Minh, but he wasn’t allowed to graduate because the script for his film KFC was considered too violent by the Council of Examiners. Lê didn’t give up on his project and tried to find sponsors. He won the Film of the Future Award at the Vietnamese Autumn Meeting 2013, which helped him get started. After making several short films he finally made KFC (2016), his feature film debut, three years later.

Here are his 13 favorite Vietnamese films, in random order

1. Bi, Don’t Be Afraid (Dang Di Phan, 2010)

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2. Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (Dang Di Phan, 2015)

3. The Rebel (Charlie Nguyen, 2007)

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4. Touch  (Minh Duc Nguyen, 2011)

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5. Living in Fear (Bui Thac Chuyen, 2005)

6. When the Tenth Month Comes (Dang Nhat Minh, 1984)

7. Truong Ba’s Soul in Butcher’s Body (Quang Dung Nguyen, 2006)

8. Cyclo (Anh Hung Tran, 1995)

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9. The Scent of Green Papaya (Anh Hung Tran, 1993)

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10. Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Diep Hoang Nguyen, 2014)

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11. The Buffalo Boy (Minh Nguyen-Vo, 2004)

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12. Owl and the Sparrow (Stephane Gauger, 2007)

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13. The Abandoned Field: Free Fire Zone (Hong Sen Nguyen, 1979)

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