That is, if they picked “House in the Alley” for a date movie.
Dan rented a house in District 3, and during the course of trying to find the right film treatment, discovered something about the house in the alley which he had rented (French villa).
I shared a Chamber of Commerce dinner with Dan not too long ago. We discussed films such as Joyeux Noel (WWI cease-fire for soldiers to celebrate Christmas. Opposite sides crawled out of their fox holes to fraternize on this snowy holiday in peace and brotherhood. No animosity, just humanity).
Dan’s knowledge and passion for movies clearly showed even then.
Or else, why would a Venture Capitalist decided to “risk”” a chunk of change to produce something that is scarry to him, financially!
I wish him all the success.
Superstition is alive and well, everywhere, but more predominantly in Vietnam, still an agricultural society (the long-breasted ghost tale..)
Now, even ghosts move to the city, and occupy the alley.
I live in the Alley (see Moon Alley). After three-months here, I can pass as native and not banana (yellow outside, white inside).
My survival instincts long dormant start to kick in when I feel danger or threat.
You gotta to be on your guard, but not to the point of “throwing the baby out with the bath water”.
Dan and his crew (even him got lonely and called me on New Year‘s day) just have to exercise their imagination and creativity.
But, the impact I suspect will be greater for Viet Kieu overseas, since it will carry an underlying theme of nostalgia (missing even the ghosts one had left behind).
I guess, the worst case scenario for Dan is to break even, with interests paid in Underworld dollars.
They burned a lot of those last week, I heard, even I-pads, for the dead to “live” (no punt intended) in digital and 3-D.
One can hardly be lonely, not when living in a Vietnam’s alley.