honours famous poet Han Mac Tu’s life with biographical series
dark, dark world
Mac Tu (1912-1940) was born in the central province of Quang
Binh’s Dong Hoi district into a poor Christian family.
famous primarily for his romantic tomes and poems about life, Tu
was one of the founders of truong tho loan or tho dien
(crazy poetry), a dark world of words expressing horrible images
and the sounds of a soul suffering from endless pain.
1936, he contracted leprosy and was treated in the Quy Hoa
Hospital where he died. — VNS
HCM CITY — Poetry-lovers
can now have a close look at the romantic and creative life of famous poet Han
Mac Tu in a short television series produced by the HCM City Television Film
The six-episode series
titled Han Mac Tu features the "golden" ten-year period of the
distinguished poet’s life from age 18 to his death at 28 from leprosy. Apart
from his excellent poetic works, Han Mac Tu is well-known for his various
lovers, all of whom were said to be as beautiful and romantic as his verses.
"I made this film,
first of all, for myself," said the film’s director Tran My Ha. Ha was so
interested in the poet that he learnt most of his poems by heart.
As well as the famous
muse, other famous patriotic writers like Phan Boi Chau, Bich Khe, Quach Tan,
Che Lan Vien and Yen Lan appear in the series.
Not to mention of course,
are the beauties that were an integral part of the poet’s life. Women
portraying Kim Cuc (named in the film Thu Cuc), Mong Cam (Mong Huyen) and Mai
Dinh (Mai Duong) will also have parts.
The film, according to Ha,
is not simply an illustration of the poet’s life. It also deals with the
relevant issues of all youth, like friendship, love and life. That’s why this
is the film "for the young generation," Ha said.
Han Mac Tu appears in the
film as a young intellectual patriot, who intended to go to France to study.
Because of his
relationship with patriot Phan Boi Chau, at that time playing key roles in
various patriot movements like Dong Du (Go East - a programme that sent
hundreds of youth to Japan to study politics, economics and military science)
and associations like Duy Tan Hoi (The Renovation Society), the French
ruling government did not permit Han Mac Tu to study in France.
The poet, whose real name
is Nguyen Trong Tri, worked instead in Sai Gon as a journalist. Through his
articles, Tri expressed his profound understanding of the intense issues of
"I would like to
create a new angle for people to understand Han Mac Tu and his works," said
Ha. "He was a very young man who possessed an early awareness of national
In the film, Han Mac Tu is
a man with a strong character and determined will, hidden inside a sensitive and
Le Van Anh, a junior piano
student at the Ha Noi Music Conservatory, was cast as the historical poet.
Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 is used as the soundtrack to help express the young
man’s emotions, and Anh says he relies on these emotions rather than action to
portray the historical figure.
Tong Gia Cat, a
18-year-old secondary student from Hue, plays Thu Cuc, model Tang Thanh Ha plays
Mong Huyen and experienced film star Nguyet Anh plays Mai Duong.
"Making a series
about a poet is rather difficult," said Ha, "and expressing poetic
language in a television series is even more challenging. That’s why we are
wondering whether audiences will share our feelings about the project."
The series began on
January 2 and will be shown every Sunday morning at 9am on HTV7’s Literature
and Arts Magazine programme. — VNS