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Suddenly I Wanna Cry (2008)

Bong Dung Muon Khoc

Vietnamese Title: Bong Dung Muon Khoc
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Starring: Tang Thanh Ha, Luong Manh Hai, Thanh Thuy, Nguyen Van Hung, Hieu Hien
Screenwriter: Vu Ngoc Dang
Director: Vu Ngoc Dang
Episodes: 35

Life is unexpected. There are events that suddenly occur, and because of them our life is forever changed. The surprises that life brought for us, good or bad, bewildered us. In that moment of bewilderment, we suddenly started to cry...

This is a story about two people whose life begins to take a drastic change after an encounter one faithful night. Bao Nam is a 21 year-old and good-looking guy. His favorite past times include partying, spending his parents' money, and more partying. One night while Bao Nam was drunk he got into trouble with a local gang and was rescued by Truc. Truc is an 18 year-old, generous, and strong-willed girl who makes a living by selling used book on the street. Truc loves to be surround by books even though she is illiterate. Her dream is to save enough money so that she can open a small bookstore. Later, she was given a chance to realize her dream when Bao Nam's parents asked to make a deal with her--to teach their son how to become a decent and responsible human being in exchange for money to open a small bookstore...
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Rating: A (Excellent)
Rewatch Factor: High
Comment: This is the second drama that was written and directed by Vu Ngoc Dang, the first one being "Tuyet Nhiet Doi" or "Tropical Snow". Like the first one, this one also focus around an old premise in Asian dramas, poor girl meets rich guy. Despite the overused premise, the drama itself is highly entertaining to watch, and this is all attributed to the great script writing and directing of Vu Ngoc Dang. I appreciated that this drama has content that can easily enjoy by people of any age, and that there is a lot of substances behind all the glam. It speaks a lot when my dad who hasn't show much interest in watching drama became glued to the the television screen when watching this drama. It all thanks to the many well thought-out comedic moments that were written in every episode, which make it seems like less of a drama and more of a sitcom. I also appreciated the fact that this drama is keeping an honest portrayal in featuring many facets of life in the current Viet Nam; not trying to include something that is unrelated or unrealistic to the Vietnamese culture for the sake of trend. Last but not least, I appreciated that the female protagonist in this drama like in "Tuyet Nhiet Doi" while poor is not your typical damsel-in-distress, and that she doesn't simply wait for "prince charming" to rescue her, she instead rescued him first.

The cast selection was also excellent in this drama. Every actors and actresses seems to play an important role and has significant contributions to the success of this drama, especially the two leads. I saw tremendous improvements in Tang Thanh Ha's acting ability from the drama "Huong Phu Sa" to this. I knew she has big star potentials when I was watching "Huong Phu Sa", and I believed that her acting ability will improve with time and practice. She didn't disappointed me. In this drama, I can see that she is able to act with more ease and naturalness. There is not one moment while I was watching that I separated out Tang Thanh Ha and her character that she played. As far as I know, they are one. The same goes for Luong Manh Hai, he is very charismatic onscreen and his acting became more natural and less forced.

All in all, this is a wonderful drama for any age. If you're a fan of Vu Ngoc Dang, Tang Thanh Ha, or Luong Manh Hai then you definitely don't want to pass this drama by. Like the title of this drama, you will suddenly find yourself in tears while watching this drama, whether it is due to overwhelming happiness or sadness.


Bong Dung Muon Khoc (Suddenly I Wanna Cry)


Tuyet Mien Nhiet Doi (Tropical Snow) Fan MV 2

Artist: Nguyen Hong Nhung
Song: Em Se Nho Mai
Creator: chibimikki

Composer: Duc Tri and Bang Kieu
English Title: I Will Always Remember
Translated by: Mikki

It only took one passionate glance from you
To convince me that it was the shining star in the sky
Falling in this heart with endless love
I hope that shining star will always rest here

I won't forget this moment
And your eyes that never part
A touch of warm lips have glided pass here
Making the world seems to stop suddenly

These moments will always remains within me
Like the glowing stars when night came
You have made me warm again
Despite that there are still coldness within my heart
Please always stay close to me

And I will always remember every heartfelt moments
When you embraced love in your heart
Embracing the ray of light from the cold and bitter days
Giving much warmth to this life

Like a thousand droplets of spring rain
Enriching the young bud of love
Come here with me
So I can always embrace and have you in my life


Tuyet Mien Nhiet Doi (Tropical Snow) Fan MV

Artist: Thuy Tien
Song: Giac Mo Tuyet Trang
Creator: chibimikki


Tropical Snow (2006)

Tropical Snow

Vietnamese Title: Tuyet Nhiet Doi, Tuyet Mien Nhiet Doi
Genre: Drama, Romance
Starring: Anh Thu, Manh Hai, Thanh Hang, Duy Tan, Duc Nghia, Thanh Hoai, Ngoc Quyen
Screenwriter: Vu Ngoc Dang
Director: Vu Ngoc Dang
Episodes: 30

Hang, 19-years-old, is a girl who lives one of the slums in Sai Gon. Although poor, she possesses a bright and strong personality and a caring heart. Because of that, she has left a memorable impression on Hai. His encounter with her left him in many situations full of laughter and tears causing his everyday life to go haywire. Being close to her, Hai learns more about her life and her personality. Since Hang possesses beauty, Hai introduces her into the modeling agency. However, things aren't perfect as they seem and as they begin to become closer to each other, neither of them could predict the troubles lying ahead.
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Rating: A- (Great)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: Tropical Snow is Vietnamese drama with a story very similar to a Cinderella fairy tale. With every fairy tale comes the romance as well as the villain, and Tropical Snow has both elements. I think this is a great drama that's enjoyable for everyone. There are some parts that I do find unbelievable but then again, even the title, Tropical Snow, suggests that. Everyone knows that a place with a tropical climate will never have snow, pretty much like how a girl from the slums in Sai Gon is not likely to become Cinderella. But in this drama presents the impossible making us think that it could be possible. There are flaws in this drama, especially a few episodes before the ending. A few episodes before ending is where I thought it gotten a little draggy and annoying. I admit, I used the fast forward button when watching the last few episodes. Other than that, this drama is a great fairy-tale-like drama. Sure, there are some parts that are romantic and mushy, but hey, it's a fairy tale after all.