This is the first international film to be licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism for shooting in Vietnam during the Tet holiday and spring of 2022, following the country’s successful containment of the Covid-19 pandemic. The cast consists of experienced Vietnamese and international actors.
|A scene on the Hoai River, Hoi An in the movie “A Tourist’s Guide to Love” (Photo: Netflix).
The movie has expertly recreated the beauty of natural landscapes along with the vibrant life of Vietnamese people and culture through six main locations: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, My Son, and Ha Giang.
“A Tourist’s Guide to Love” – a film directed by Steven K. Tsuchida and produced by Dustin Nguyen – was released globally on April 21. Written by Eirene Donohue, a Vietnamese-American, the script was inspired by her own travels when she returned to discover her roots. The production unit’s representative has expressed their expectations of the film, hoping it will accurately portray the rich and vibrant culture of Vietnam.
Talking about “A Tourist’s Guide to Love”, Eirene Tran Donohue said that, even though she was born and raised in the United States, she always has a special place in her heart for Vietnam, the homeland of her mother. As such, the movie can be seen as a love letter to the country.
“In the US, many people still associate Vietnam only with war images, but there is so much more to this beautiful country,” said the screenwriter. “From stunning landscapes and beaches to vibrant cities like Ha Noi and ancient destinations like Hoi An, Vietnam is a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition.”
On the evening of April 18, the world premiere of the romantic-comedy film “A Traveler’s Love Journey” was held at the historic Hanoi Opera House. Audiences were captivated by American actress Rachel Leigh Cook’s portrayal of her character’s journey of self-discovery while exploring the beauty of Vietnam.