After many controversies and debates that “Inferno” directed by Victor Vu is just a knockoff version of Hollywood’s “Shattered”, Golden Kite Award’s BOE has decided to drop this film from the competition.
In the face of strong allegations from the public and local media that the film “Giao Lo Dinh Menh” (Inferno) is a frame-by-frame copy of Hollywood movie “Shattered”, Dang Xuan Hai – president of Vietnam Cinema Association – together with his colleagues and some journalists have decided to eliminate the film from the competition after watching and comparing the two movies.
The film by Victor Vu has caused quite a stir and controversies among online community of Vietnamese movie lovers.
They claimed “Inferno” copied up to 70 percent of “Shattered”.
Vu did not just lift the plot and characters, but even the music.
A reader nicknamed Mike wrote on Twitchfilm: “It is very dishonest and shameful in the case of Victor Vu. He copied ‘Shattered’ to make his ‘Inferno’ and then bragged in the media that it was all his own creativity and how great he is.”
Other strong condemnations from the online community against the director include:
“It is not a remake, it is called stealing! It is blatant theft.”
“The film’s poster duplicates that of ‘Shutter Island’”!
But Vu told the media the resemblance is only accidental.
A scene captured from the "Inferno" movie
Prior to the film’s release, he said he wrote the script for it when still a student in the School of Cinema and Television. Later he admitted “the similarity [with Shattered”] is spine-chilling.”
The film had a good start until news of the plagiarism became public. People then began to keep away and the producers took it out of the theatres just after a week.
According to the BOE, since the Golden Kite Awards’ goal is to honor creative artworks, “Inferno” is unqualified to attend this year’s competition.
However, the organizers also made a rational decision when they encouraged Saiga Film, the production company of Inferno, to voluntarily withdraw the movie because of possible damaging consequences that could arise from copyright violations, which could badly impact the Vietnam Cinema’s reputation.
As a result, the number of feature films competing in this year’s competition is reduced to ten, including Canh Dong Bat Tan (Floating Lives), Co Dau Dai Chien (War of Brides), Thien Su 99 (Angle 99), Tay Son Hao Kiet (Tay Son Heroes), Vuot Qua Ben Thuong Hai (Across Shanghai), Khat Vong Thang Long (Thang Long Aspiration), Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long), Vu Dieu Dam Me (Dance of Passion), Hoa Dao (Peach Blossoms) and Nhin Ra Bien Ca (Looking To The Sea).
A free screening of the movies will be scheduled at Fafilm cinema, Tan Son Nhat Cinema and Thang Long A cinema in Ho Chi Minh City from March 10-13 and at the Vietnam Film Institute, National Cinema Center and the Central Scientific and Documentary Film Studio in Hanoi from March 12 to 14.
The awards ceremony will be held at HCMC-based Hoa Binh Theater on March 13 and broadcast live on VTV2 and VTV4 channels.
The Golden Kite Awards, which first started in 2003, is an annual event organized by Vietnam Cinema Association for feature, video and television films produced in the preceding year. The organizing board presents the Golden, Silver and Bronze Kite Awards for the best films.