Vietnamese singer Trúc Nhân is best-known for his hit song Bốn Chữ Lắm. Bốn Chữ Lắm is a nice, family-friendly song to introduce others to Vpop, however, it is Trúc's latest mind-trip of a MV that I want to talk about. It may not be the best introductory Vpop MV, but it certainly is worth talking about. Since today is April Fools' Day, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about Thật Bất Ngờ -- a song that will certainly have you saying WTF. In my Vpop 2015 Year In Review post, I may have prematurely listed MLee's I Can Do MV as the weirdest Vpop MV and Phan Mạnh Quỳnh's Vợ Người Ta as the best troll MV because Thật Bất Ngờ may have them both beat in the weirdness and trolling department.
I have watched Thật Bất Ngờ multiple times now, and I am still completely at a loss. WTF!? What exactly in going on here? Am I just not Vietnamese enough to understand what is going on? I don't know. All I know is Thật Bất Ngờ is about a guy selling newspapers. The MV takes place in a traditional Vietnamese neighborhood. In Vietnam, neighborhoods are very close-knit communities. Everyone knows everyone. The sights and sounds of the MV aren't that completely out of norm for a Vietnamese neighborhood. You will often find small mom-and-pop style businesses ran out of every home on a typical busy Vietnamese street. You can pretty much find a motorbike repairman, barber, tailor, and food vendor on nearly every street. Old people and children roaming the streets? That too is pretty normal in Vietnam. Seeing a pant-less child in the streets in America would be pretty startling; but if you were in Vietnam, that's just a normal day. You think Vietnamese children wear diapers? Nah, nobody has the money to mess with that nonsense.
When you look at it from a Vietnamese perspective, Thật Bất Ngờ isn't all that abnormal. Still, I would say that it's a very troll video. It's basically a satirical depiction (or caricature) of everyday life in Vietnam with a Kung Fu Hustle-esque vibe and a little bit of Charlie Chaplin sprinkled in for good measure.