Em Chưa 18 (aka Jailbait) has been breaking Vietnamese box office records since its release in April. It has now become the highest-grossing Vietnamese movie ever surpassing the 2015 Vietnamese hit film Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh. Moreover, it is in the top 3 of Vietnamese box office earners with the likes of American blockbuster films Kong: Skull Island and Fast & Furious 8. Like the title suggests, Em Chưa 18 is about some playboy accidentally hooking up with a girl who hasn't turned 18 yet; and apparently, hilarity ensues afterwards.

There's something about a rom-com centered around a middle-aged man going out with a high schooler that doesn't really appeal to me. But since Em Chưa 18 is the hotness in Vietnam right now, I feel like I have to talk about it. The movie is slaying it at the box office, and the OST songs are blowing up on the music charts like ABBA was in the 1970's.


I guess sign language is the new hip thing to do in Vpop choreography right now. We had team Bảo Thy using sign language in their The Remix - I Need Love performance. Here, Only C signs his way through Yêu Là "Tha Thu". Since I don't know sign language, I can't really judge his signing. If it was legit, then I think that's pretty cool that he took the time to learn sign language and put it in this video. Only C has a knack for making hit Vietnamese love songs, so I'm not all that surprised that this song from Em Chưa 18 has become super popular reaching that ABBA Gold level of popularity with over 30 million YouTube views.1


Here, Only C calls on his boy Lou Hoàng to join Will from 365DaBand and Em Chưa 18 main protagonist Kaity Nguyễn in an OST song for the film. This song may as well be talking about Will and Kaity Nguyễn as actors. ♫ This is my first time! My first time! ♫ Will, who plays a key character in the film, is still pretty new to this acting thing. Other than his supporting role in Tấm Cám: Chuyện Chưa Kể, I don't believe he has acted in anything else. Kaity Nguyễn is definitely a new comer and is actually only 17 years old like in the movie. Before this, she was just known as an internet "hot girl" and beauty blogger. Vietnamese YouTube beauty blogger to superstardom? That's what I call a classic Michelle Phan struggle sandwiches to lobster and shrimp story. ♫ You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life... ♫


In this OST song, a large portion of the cast from Em Chưa 18 gets together to sing You And I. The casting director absolutely knew who the target audience was going to be in this movie. Em Chưa 18 features some new and very green (meaning inexperienced) actors. Yet, a lot of the faces in Em Chưa 18 would be familiar to the younger millennials, or the 9X and above generation as the Vietnamese would say.2 I already mentioned Will and Kaity. Other examples include Củ Tỏi, who is a popular YouTuber and all-around internet troll, and Châu Bùi, a famous internet "hot girl" and winner of the We Choice Awards 2016 New Face award. Also, there's Kim Anh from SYTYCD Season 3. That girl gets around. I see her everywhere. She's in all sorts of Vpop MVs, and I often see her dancing up a storm on The Remix. She has pretty much danced with, on, or around every Vpop artist in the game at this point. ♫ See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen... ♫


Will finally makes his triumphant return to the Vpop music scene with Nơi Ta Chờ Em after a long hiatus since the disbandment of 365DaBand. Nơi Ta Chờ Em is an OST song for Em Chưa 18. In this MV, Will gets cozy with Em Chưa 18 co-star Kaity. Following in the footsteps of fellow 365DaBand member S.T, Will seems to be mixing business with pleasure these days. He took the S.T approach of picking up hot grills at his place of work, and I'm not talking about the kind that needs to be assembled. S.T started dating Ninh Dương Lan Ngọc while filming Tấm Cám....At this point, it's pretty much an open secret that Will and Kaity are dating. Neither one of them have officially confirmed the rumor that they are a couple, but it's pretty f*cking obvious to anyone with half a brain what's going on here. It's either Will and Kaity are jebaiting everyone by pretending to be a couple on the DL without actually being one to stir up press for the movie; or Will is actually getting jailbaited by a 17-year-old, but he can't actually come out and say, "Hey, everybody! Look at me. I'm dating a 17-year-old." ♫ Young and sweet, only seventeen... ♫


Notes

  1. ABBA Gold is one of the all time best-selling albums worldwide with over 30 million units sold.

  2. The Vietnamese often use 8X to designate someone was born in the 1980's and 9X to mean someone was born in the 1990's.