vc filmfest 2007: closing night

Well, we made it. The week has flown by, and it's been a blast. Tonight, VC Filmfest 2007 goes out with a bang with its Closing Night presentation of Charlie Nguyen's action thriller The Rebel, starring Johnny Tri Nguyen, Ngo Thanh Van, and Dustin Nguyen, screening at the Aratani/Japan American Theatre in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo:
Action, adventure, romance, and just a touch of black magic are mixed in with a healthy dose of nationalism in this period piece set in 1920s Saigon as a government agent (Johnny Tri Nguyen) and the daughter of a rebel peasant (Ngo Thanh Van, SAIGON LOVE STORY) flee the clutches of a malevolent turncoat (Dustin Nguyen) thirsty for power.
I'll admit I know next to nothing about this film. In fact, I had never heard of it before they announced it last month as the festival's Closing Night film. But I'm told by those in the know that it's pretty frickin' awesome. I hear tickets are sold out, but there's always a rush line for those who dedicated enough to wait it out (you have a decent chance). The evening's festivities also includes VC's awards presentations, including Grand Jury Awards for Best Feature-Length Narrative and Documentary Film, the Audience Award, and the Golden Reel Awards and the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award—presented to outstanding achievement in short films. It's going to be another fun night... until next year.

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