Joe Huang interviews Vietnamese filmmaker Thien Do about his film FUNNY MONEY at the 2014 Asian Film Festival of Dallas in Dallas, Texas.
ABOUT THE FILM
The stars of SAIGON ELECTRIC Vân Trang and Khuong Ngoc return to AFFD in this hilarious comedy. Director Thien Do’s latest feature is a social satire set in modern-day Vietnam. Saigon businessman Lucky Loc makes high-end fake “ghost money” that is meant for dearly departed relatives to use in the afterlife. His good fortune comes to a sudden halt when he pays with “funny money” to an unsuspecting saleswoman, Quyen. Believing it to be his lucky charm, he’s convinced that giving away the bill caused his misfortune. At the same time, Quyen’s fortune plummets and she blames the cursed “funny money” for it. When Lucky tries to retrieve the bill and Quyen holds it for ransom, Lucky must do his best to survive in this increasingly materialistic world.