Chinese Directors for a Vietnamese Movie

Currently in development is a motion picture/television series based on the life of Lý Công Uẩn (aka Lý Thái Tổ), the first emperor of Vietnam’s Lý Dynasty.  The title of the film is Lý Công Uẩn: Đường tới thành Thăng Long (Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thang Long Citadel).  The producers of the movie will be the Communists in Vietnam, but for some odd, disturbing reason, the directors of the movie will be from China.  Somehow, the artistic content of the film will be entirely controlled by the Chinese Communists and not the people of Vietnam.

According to Taipei Times and Daily Vietnam News, Emperor Lý Thái Tổ will be dawning Chinese garments, reigning in a Chinese style palace, and surrounded by Chinese officials.  The film will also be shot in Zhejiang Province, China, employing numerous Chinese actors and extras.  It’s not hard to tell what is happening here, the Chinese are trying to make Lý Thái Tổ look like a Chinese person.  Not only that, but they are also trying to repaint the appearance of Vietnam, changing every aspect of the country into resembling a Chinese entity.  The Beijing government has taken full artistic control of this movie, planning to distort the history and mislead the less-informed into believing that our forefathers were descendants of the Chinese.

What I find really troubling is how the government in Hanoi is allowing this to happen.  Don’t they understand what the Chinese Communists are doing to the history of our nation?  Lý Công Uẩn is one of the most important figures in Vietnamese history, founding the Lý Dynasty, establishing the city of Thăng Long (medieval Hanoi), and leading the country into an era of great prosperity.  China is re-writing the history of our nation and desecrating the integrity of one of our proudest historical figures.  If you have been paying attention to the points I’ve been making throughout, you will know that such blatant fabrications on the Chinese end is nothing new.  This is historical distortion at its worst.  Hopefully someone smartens up and brings an end to this problem.  If not, the people of Vietnam will make it right.

3 Responses to “Chinese Directors for a Vietnamese Movie”

  1. I know that you, like myself and many patriotic Vietnamese are annoyed at the “China-fication” of this film. But, I assure you as a dedicated student of history, that the costumes shown in the film were actually quite accurate.

    What I mean is, those were the actual costumes that the Ly Dynasty wore, yes they did look Chinese, but so did Japan and Korea during the same time period! There is nothing to be angered about. It was quite realistic, and faithful to what our ancestors wore.

    Here have a look at these 2 links, they include Ancient Vietnamese fashion:

    http://lilsuika.deviantart.com/art/1-000-Years-of-Vietnamese-Clothing-300093773

    http://lilsuika.deviantart.com/art/Evolution-of-Vietnamese-Clothing-and-Ao-Dai-287945386

    However, certainly the architecture, and everything else was very Chinese, and also inaccurate, I agree. But I cannot say the same about the clothing…

  2. I am not sure my comment registered, so I’m reposting it:

    Hey, did you know that the costumes in the movie are in fact actually very accurate:

    http://lilsuika.deviantart.com/art/1-000-Years-of-Vietnamese-Clothing-300093773

    http://lilsuika.deviantart.com/art/Evolution-of-Vietnamese-Clothing-and-Ao-Dai-287945386

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