The Vietnamese romantic drama Cô Gái Đến Từ Hôm Qua, aka The Girl from Yesterday, recently premiered in Vietnamese movie theaters. Like the highly successful Vietnamese book-to-movie adaptation Tôi Thấy Hoa Vàng Trên Cỏ Xanh (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), Cô Gái Đến Từ Hôm Qua is another big screen adaptation of a Vietnamese novel geared toward young adults written by Vietnamese writer Nguyễn Nhật Ánh. Additionally, Cô Gái Đến Từ Hôm Qua is also connected to another recent Vietnamese box office record breaker. Phan Gia Nhật Linh, who directed the 2015 hit rom-com Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh, headed the production of Cô Gái Đến Từ Hôm Qua. Also joining Phan Gia Nhật Linh from Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh is popular actress/singer Miu Lê.
If you like nostalgic Vpop songs, then Tình Thơ by Ngọc Linh featuring Miu Lê might be for you. Ah, the good old days...back when school yard bullying was innocent and pure...back when cyber bullying didn't exist...Wait a minute! Did that kid just get his testicles demolished? WTF? Is this what Vietnamese kids do for fun? I know Japanese/Korean kids like to commit sexual assault by shoving their index fingers up people's butt holes, but isn't subjecting someone's nether regions to blunt force trauma -- à la Elijah Wood in the beginning of the teenage horror film The Faculty -- going too far? Having a gang of hoodlums spread your legs wide open and then ramming your nuts into a stationary structure seems very (mentally and physically) traumatic. I rather be cyber bullied any day of the week if this is the type of roughhousing that takes place in Vietnam. Tình Thơ? The only "love poetry" I would be interested in this case is poetic justice for my bruised scrotum.
People say that you shouldn't listen to Vpop. They say that you shouldn't put all your hopes and dreams, your belief, your feelings, your love into Vpop. Because in the end, you will just end up all alone and depressed. Replace "Vpop" with "love," and you get Người Ta Nói by Trúc Nhân. FeelsBadMan. I guess love is pain. ♫ What is love? Oh, baby don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. No more. ♫ Never has there been a more poetic song. If love is so great, then why does it feel more like crippling depression from time to time?
If you're feeling down in the dumps from the previous MV and your love life is DOA (like the Friends' theme song), then take a seat and sing a song. According to Trúc Nhân in Ngồi Hát Đỡ Buồn, this will make you feel less sad. Here, singer Trúc Nhân is once again doing what he does best -- being a 4th wall breaking troll like the Marvel anti-hero Deadpool. If his music wasn't so darn good, I would be tempted to "Elijah Wood" Trúc for being such a troll. And since Hoàng Yến Chibi is such a good cockblocker here, I'm pretty sure that being friends with her would prevent your groin area from getting Elijah Wood-ed.
Speaking of wooded areas, singer Vũ Cát Tường apparently likes to hangout in the woods reminiscing about the past. Don't mind the random piano and bookcase just sitting out in the middle of no where like it's a part of nature. To me, that's not even the most nonsensical thing in this MV for the title song Cô Gái Ngày Hôm Qua (not to be confused with Em Của Ngày Hôm Qua by M-TP). It's when Ngô Kiến Huy sprayed ink onto Miu Lê's dress like he was playing Splatoon. Why did he do that? That seemed like an asshole thing to do. Ink on a white áo dài? F*ck man! You're almost better off trying to scrub protein stains off a dress than dealing with that sh*t. If anyone deserves to be Elijah Wood-ed into a tree, it's Ngô Kiến Huy's character right here. What a dick!
I don't usually watch teenage rom-drams, so I probably won't ever see this movie. Therefore, I can't give this movie a Siskel and Ebert thumbs up or down. You can probably bet that it has a better love story than Twilight though. I did, however, spend the time to listen to the full OST and can say that it's worth a listen. Surprisingly, there wasn't a Jun Phạm song to be found on it. I'd figured Jun Phạm would be featured in the OST somewhere since he does star in the movie. I thought the general rule of thumb was that every time a 365DaBand member starred in a movie, they had to release a song for the OST. I guess I was wrong. The full OST can be found here. FYI, it features a Miu Lê version of Cô Gái Ngày Hôm Qua.