Linh Nga

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Linh Nga
Born (1982-01-03) January 3, 1982 (age 37)
ResidenceCalifornia, U.S.
Other namesLina Linh Nga
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Actress
  • Producer
  • Sound designer
  • News-anchor
Years active1987–present
Johnny K.P.
(m. 2007; div. 2011)

Linh Nga (/lɪn nɑː/ LIN NAH; born 3 January 1982), also known as Lina Linh Nga, is an American-Vietnamese film director, film producer, actress,[1] and screenwriter. She is the founder of 9669 Films. Linh Nga's 2019 documentary "Inside This Peace" won Award Of Merit at the Impact DOCS Awards, and earned Best Feature Documentary at the California Women's Film Festival. Her 2003 film "Xuoi Nguoc Duong Tran" won TV Best Series at the Vietnamese International Film Festival.[2] [3]

Biography and career[edit]

Linh Nga was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, on January 3, 1982, to Quang Duy Nguyen, a composer, and Thuy Bich Thi Le, an opera singer.[4][5][6] When she was nine years old, her father left her mother. As a result, the family moved frequently.[7]

Nga began her career on stage at an early age. She often sang and performed at friends' and family's functions and was part of a local song and dance troupe. In 1990, she earned her first award for "Nam Dinh City's Best Young Voice". Two years later, she joined the Club of Love (Cau lac bo tinh thuong), a registered charity group formed by Tuong Vi. She began her professional dancing career at the age of ten.[8] In 1992, she began attending the Vietnam Academy of Dance (Truong Cao Dang mua Viet Nam),[citation needed] where she achieved artistic and academic honors upon graduation.

Nga was discovered at the age of thirteen by a newspaper photographer. Following this, Linh decided to pursue a career as a model.[9]

In 1999, Nga graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Dance with a BA degree. Later that year, she was introduced to Giang Son, a composer for the Five Lines Band (Năm Dòng Kẻ).[10] Son invited her to provide vocals for the band. In March 2000, Nga left the Five Lines Band to pursue her career in film directing. She made her film debut with a small supporting role in the 1999 romance drama Khoang cach (The Distance).[11]

In 2000, Nga began studying film directing at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema.[citation needed] She wrote, directed, and starred in the television series, Xuoi nguoc duong tran, in 2002.[12] This earned a National Television Award for Best Television Series of the year. In 2006, Linh Nga graduated. During this time, she also worked for a Vietnamese television station[13] as an actress.[14] Upon graduation, Nga went abroad and successfully applied to Chapman University in California, pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in film production and sound design.[15][16]

In May 2014, Nga graduated from Chapman University. That same year, she founded 9669 Films.[17] In November 2017, 9669 Films released the action comedy short What's the good of being good? (2017 film).

In January 2019, Nga won Best Feature Documentary at the California Women's Film Festival 2019 and earned Award Of Merit at the Impact DOCS Awards.[18] [19] The film title is "Inside this peace", about a forgotten victim of Agent Orange in Vietnam who is struggling to live.[20] [21]

She has also worked as a screenwriter.[22][23]

Business ventures in Vietnam[edit]

In 2003, Nga helped found the Linh Nga Communication and Trading Company Lmt with her brother Linh Duy. The film company closed in 2010. Linh Nga also founded restaurants in Hanoi.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Nga reportedly had a romantic relationship with Thuyet Tran, known as Thuyet Buon Vua, in 2000.[25] The pair planned to marry in March 2002 but called off the engagement. A week later Thuyet was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison.[26] In 2007 she married Johnny K.P.; they were divorced in 2011.[27][28] She has two daughters.[27]


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Khoang cach Actor Lead Vietnam Television
1998 Ong bau ca nhac Actor 3 Episodes Vietnam Television
1999 Day neo hanh phuc Actor
Nu cuoi vang ma Actor
2000 Dom lua bien thuy Actor
2001 Xuoi nguoc duong tran Screenwriter, Actor, Director VIFF 2003 3 episodes (72 mins/episode)
2004 Tieng chuong dong Actor
Manh hon cong ly Actor 13 episodes Vietnam Television
2006 Quynh Screenwriter, Director Drama
2005 Vung cua song Actor 3 episodes Vietnam Television
Dam cuoi o thien duong Actor 5 episodes Vietnam Television
Gio thien duong Screenwriter, Director Drama
2012 Dumb Luck Actor Thúy Nga Productions
Vstar Reunion MC VFTV
2013 The Industry of Marrying Europeans Actor Thúy Nga Productions
2017 What's the good of being good? (2017 film) Screenwriter, Director, Producer Action/Comedy/Adventure
2018 Inside This Peace Screenwriter, Director, Producer Feature Documentary (60 mins)
2019 Horror Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Actor Action/Horror/Feature (120 mins)

Honours & Awards[edit]

  • Best Feature Documentary at California Women's Film Festival 2019 for Inside this Peace [31][32] [33]
  • Award Of Merit at Impact DOCS Awards 2019 for Inside this Peace[34] [35] [36]


  1. ^ "Linh Nga tro lai dien anh".
  2. ^ "Inside This Peace exposes an agent orange victims moving story".
  3. ^ "New trailer released for award-winning documentary "inside this peace"".
  4. ^ "Gap lai Linh Nga nguoi dep mot thoi cua Thuyet buon vua".
  5. ^ "Linh Nga toi da mat su hon nhien".
  6. ^ "Linh Nga -Luon hoc cach nhan nai voi ban than".
  7. ^ "Linh Nga -Ca doi chi can mot nguoi yeu minh la du".
  8. ^ "Dien vien Linh Nga - Ngay ay va bay gio".
  9. ^ "Gap lai giai nhan anh mot thoi Linh Nga Nguyen".
  10. ^ "Linh Nga va su ra doi cua Nam Dong Ke".
  11. ^ "Linh Nga - Dung day tu gam mot chiec xe tai".
  12. ^ "Xuoi Nguoc Duong Tran Movie". vnexpress.
  13. ^ "Linh Nga va Quynh". vnexpress.
  14. ^ "Linh Nga - Graduated movie". Graduated movie.
  15. ^ "Linh Nga – VietfaceTv". VietfaceTv. Vietfacetv.
  16. ^ "Linh Nga song trong cuoc doi cua nhan vat".
  17. ^ "The founder of 9669 Films". voyagela.
  18. ^ "Trailer is up for Inside this peace documentary on agent orange victim".
  19. ^ "director linh nga surprised when inside this peace receive Impact DOCS Awards golden statuette".
  20. ^ "Linh Nga won Best Feature Documentary at California Women's Film Festival 2019". english.vov. english.vov.
  21. ^ "Agent Orange film to be screened in America". english.vov. english.vov.
  22. ^ "Dien Vien Dao Dien Linh Nga". Vnexpress.
  23. ^ "Linh Nga - Giai nhan anh mot thoi". NgoiSao.VN.
  24. ^ "Linh Nga tu hao ve cac con xinh dep".
  25. ^ "Thuyet Buon Vua giai oan cho nguoi dep Linh Nga". VTCnews.
  26. ^ "Linh Nga nho lai nhung song gio kinh khung trong vu an Thuyet Buon Vua".
  27. ^ a b "Linh Nga proud of her 2 daughters".
  28. ^ "Linh Nga and her 1st short film in the United States".
  29. ^ "Lina Linh Nga and Xuoi Nguoc Duong Tran". July 24, 2017.
  30. ^ "Lina Linh Nga talk about Xuoi Nguoc Duong Tran". startalk.vnm. July 29, 2017.
  31. ^ "California Women's Film Festival Winners".
  32. ^ "Inside this Peace named best feature documentary at CWFF 2019".
  33. ^ "Inside this Peace won best feature documentary 2019 2019".
  34. ^ "Award winning inside this peace's trailer released".
  35. ^ "inside this peace documentary received golden statuette from Impact DOCS Awards 2019".
  36. ^ "inside this peace 's awards".

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