It’s been a while for Thuy Nga to produce a decent video. Paris By Night 75 (Journey to the Far East) is much more enjoyable than the last several DVDs. Thuy Nga’s cast and crew have done their homework and their hard work is paid off as they lead viewers on the journey to the far east. Each performance is carefully studied and researched to bring out the aesthetic qualities of the various cultures.
The best performance on the video goes to Bao Han’s “Theo Em Xuong Pho.” The Taiko drummers add tremendous energy to the cut while Bao Han and the two hot dancers rock their slim bodies to the beat. The Japanese inspired customs are elegant and the colors match the dazzling motion effects in the background. Because I was deeply drawn into the over all performance, the translated lyrics did not bothered me. Even though I have no idea what he raps about, the “Vietnamese Eminem” flows nicely to the beat. Bao Han is a creative performer and she deserves the praise for her quality work.
While Bao Han gives the most energetic performance, Nhu Quynh delivers the most emotional presentation on the video. Her “Chi Di Tim Em” is convincing and her tears are believable as she searches for her little brother in the flood. The visual effects in the background increase the dramatic experience greatly.
Beside the great choreography scenes (thanks to the innovation Shanda Sawyer), Paris By Night 75 features some outstanding solo performances including: Y Lan’s “Khoc Cho Roi Le Nhoa,” Luu Bich’s “Dang Cay,” and Bang Kieu’s “Mua Tren Ngay Thang Do.” I actually enjoy Bang Kieu’s singing for the first time. His voice does not sound too feminine and he has the strength to carry on the high notes skillfully.
Whether the viewers like it or not, sexiness quality is part of Thuy Nga entertainment. Hey! I don’t mind. Nhu Loan is so damn hot. Her great body definitely boosts up her confidence; therefore, she moves naturally and shakes what she paid for on “Yeu Nhau Duoi Nang Mai.” As for Ho Le Thu, her “whoreliness” is not shocking me anymore. She is also very comfortable with her body and she has a great figure so why not rock it? As for Luong Tung Quang, he must be obsessed with the leather-skirt pants. He looks ridiculously gay to me but who am I to judge when it comes to the guy?
Beside the usual performers, Thuy Nga present the viewers some great surprises. The special appearance of Adam Ho, a fifteen years old rocker, shocks the stage. His ability to write, sing, and play guitar at such an early age is motivating and he has great potential to become a rock star. With the exceptional presence of Hoai Linh, the Thuy Nga’s sit-com has been bought to life. Hoai Linh is hilarious and his chemistry with Chi Tai is just perfect. Speaking of chemistry, the duo between Khanh Ha and Lam Nhat Tien on Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” is a striking collaboration. Khanh Ha starts off with a slow verse than Lam Nhat Tien kicks in with a more upbeat verse to show a transition between old and modern style. Even though Lam Nhat Tien could not match up with Khanh Ha’s skillful technique, he is the closest and the only male singer in Thuy Nga who could sing English flawlessly.
From my previous reviews on Thuy Nga products, I was accused of being biased toward Thuy Nga production because of my negative point of view. I have nothing against Thuy Nga or any other productions. From a viewer standpoint, I just jot down whatever worthy or trashy. As you can see from this written up, I give Thuy Nga prop when they deserve it. My hope is for Thuy Nga to continue setting the trend and move forward to bring oversea Vietnamese entertaining DVDs; however, I doubt that they can match this video in the next three or four releases.