LENGTH: 98 MIN
Directed by Vietnamese-American filmmaker Thien Do, “Funny Money” (Tiên Chùa), is a romantic comedy and satire about capitalism in Vietnam. The humor references Vietnamese culture subjects such as torn money, hell notes, superstition, and other cultural contexts.
Lucky Loc has worked his way into respectable society as the owner of a company producing high-end ceremonial gifts to be burned as offerings to the dead. When his luck takes a sudden nosedive, he is convinced it is due to the torn money note which he slipped at a flower shop to salesgirl Quyen, knowing local businesses don’t accept damaged money. Believing that the same torn bill is his lucky charm, he scrambles to retrieve it from her while she believes it to be bad luck which caused a string of unlucky events in her life. In trying to retrieve his funny money, Loc pursues Quyen, both romantically and with the ulterior motive of regaining his lucky charm. Set in Vietnam, “Funny Money” is a social satire about a man trying to survive the increasingly materialistic world with his soul and sanity intact, or at least partially intact.
CAST & DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR: Thien Do