Johnny Trí Nguyễn

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Johnny Trí Nguyễn in 2007.

Johnny Trí Nguyễn (Bình Dương, 16 January 1974) is an American actor, stuntman and martial arts choreographer who is mainly active in the Vietnamese film industry. He is one of the biggest stars in Vietnam.[1][2]

Born in Vietnam, Nguyen and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 9. He competed as a martial artist on the U.S. national team, and then transitioned into a career as a stuntman in Hollywood, working on films such as Spider-Man 2 and Jarhead.[3]

Nguyen later returned to Vietnam and starred in The Rebel, a period martial arts film released in 2007 and directed by his brother Charlie Nguyen. It was a massive success in Vietnam, garnering unprecedented attention for a locally made film.[4] Nguyen followed The Rebel by starring in a steady stream of hit films, many of which were directed by his brother, including Clash in 2009, De Mai tinh in 2010, and Teo Em in 2013, all of which broke box office records at the time of release.[5][6][7] In a controversial decision, Vietnamese censors banned Nguyen's 2013 action flick Bui Doi Cho Lon for its violent content.[8]

Besides his work in Vietnamese films, Nguyen has had supporting roles in major films from Thailand (Tony Jaa's Tom-Yum-Goong) and India (7aum Arivu[9][10] and Irumbu Kuthirai).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Buổi sáng đầu năm Tuấn
2006 Hồn Trương Ba, da hàng thịt Trương Ba
2007 The Rebel (Dòng máu anh hùng) Cường at the time the highest-grossing film in Vietnamese history
2007 Sài Gòn nhật thực Trọng Hải
2008 Kiss of the Death (Nụ hôn thần chết) Thần chết Du also set new box office records
2009 Power Kids (5 Huajai Hero) Terrorist Leader
2009 Clash (film) (Bẫy rồng) Quân / Hổ
2010 vi:Để Mai tính Anh chàng đồng tính Johnny
2011 7aum Arivu Dong Lee Operation Red Task lead, Tamil film
2012 vi:Cưới ngay kẻo lỡ Hồ Sơn [11]
2012 Chuộc tội [12] Chưa có thông tin
2013 vi:Bụi đời Chợ Lớn Phong bụi [13]
2013 vi:Tèo em held the record for highest grossing Vietnamese film of all time until Vengeful Heart dethroned it in 2014 [14]
2014 Iron Horse (Irumbu Kuthirai) Don Stoney biker

References[edit]

  1. ^ SF Gate Johnny Tri Nguyen finds movie stardom in Vietnam G. Allen Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, March 6, 2011
  2. ^ SJ mercury News Decades after fleeing, Vietnamese-American filmmakers return to a changed country John Boudreau, SJ Mercury News, November 24, 2012
  3. ^ CNN Travel Celebrities' night out in Ho Chi Minh City Adam Bray, August 16, 2010
  4. ^ Vietnamese film draws record crowds VNS, March 5, 2007
  5. ^ VN Express Bẫy rồng' sắp được chiếu trên kênh Star Movies Nguyen Minh, VN Express, April 1, 2012
  6. ^ The Morton Report Where are they now? Dustin Nguyen David Everitt-Carlson, The Morton Report, June 21, 2011
  7. ^ Thanh Nien News Low-brow comedy for high profits Kim Nga, Thanh Nien News, January 7, 2014
  8. ^ The Hollywood Reporter Vietnamese censors ban local gangster film 'Chinatown' Patrick Brzeski, June 11, 2013
  9. ^ Times of India Suriya is a great actor: Johnny V Lakshmi, The Times of India, April 18, 2011
  10. ^ Variety Review: Tom-Yum-Goong Derek Alley, Variety, January 16, 2006
  11. ^ Cưới ngay kẻo lỡ gây cười kiểu hài Hong Kong., VnExpress, 17/04/2012
  12. ^ Khương Ngọc bầm giập vì "Chuộc tội" với Johnny Trí Nguyễn., Kenh.vn, 29/03/2012
  13. ^ Bụi đời Chợ Lớn sẽ xoáy sâu yếu tố tình cảm., VnExpress, 23/03/2013
  14. ^ Thái Hòa lắm lem khi làm nghề sửa xe., VnExpress, 03/12/2013