New TV series focuses on family values

January 03, 2023 - 18:03
Produced by the Việt Nam Feature Film Centre (VFC) under Việt Nam Television, the film shows a family living in a suburban area of Hà Nội.


A scene in the new TV series Dưới Bóng Cây Hạnh Phúc (Under the Tree of Happiness) directed by Vũ Trường Khoa. The film focuses on family values. Photo courtesy of VFC

HÀ NỘI — A new TV series will hone in on the lives of a family living in Hà Nội. Dưới Bóng Cây Hạnh Phúc (Under the Tree of Happiness), directed by Vũ Trường Khoa, will be aired on VTV1 Channel from January 2023.

Produced by the Việt Nam Feature Film Centre (VFC) under Việt Nam Television, the film shows a family living in a suburban area of Hà Nội.

Its main character, Son, played by Kim Oanh, is a young woman who is busy taking care of her husband, children and in-law family. Son is inherently straightforward, kind, sincere and helpful to people.

However, her over-caring for others accidentally causes trouble for everyone. Being criticised, Son feels hurt and estranged even though she is living for everyone. She even risks running away from home to see "what this family would be like without her''.

However, through many events, Son understands that her husband, father-in-law and her husband's brothers may not know how to say thank you, but because of her, they can do everything.

As for Son's in-law family, they also understand that the family's happiness is everyone’s responsibility when the storm has passed. All are standing under the shade of this happy tree, so together, they must cultivate and nourish it for its growth.

The film also stars veteran actor Bùi Như Lai who plays Tố, the elder brother of Son’s husband. A reputed name in stage art, Lai currently works as a director at Hà Nội-based Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) and a lecturer in theatre, film and television acting at the University of Theatre and Cinema.


The film stars Meritorious Artist Bùi Như Lai, a famous director of stage art. — Photo courtesy of VFC

For the first time participating in a TV series project, artist Lai shared his feeling: "The first week, I was extremely inhibited and uncomfortable. I have stopped acting for the past 15 years but switched to directing. Working under the director and with other film crew made me feel uneasy. But after a week, I got used to the job and felt more comfortable working with the film crew and cooperating with other actors."

“This is an extremely valuable experience in my career journey,” he said.

Lai said he agreed to join this film project after receiving the invitation from director Vũ Trường Khoa, who’s famous for Vietnamese blockbuster Sống Chung Với Mẹ Chồng (Living with Mother-in-law).

“Khoa was successful with a TV series about family issues. He left a good reputation among audiences and colleagues. That’s why I decided to join this project. The other reason is I want to experience the feeling of working with young artists and trying modern technology in shooting TV series,” he remarked.

Under the Tree of Happiness is expected to entertain TV viewers with new elements when folk singing and cultural activities of the northern region are integrated into the film.

"I want to convey my special feelings to the audience when encountering traditional cultural values around us in life,” director Khoa said.

VFC Deputy Director Lê Mạnh said that he hoped the film would be loved by the audience, thanks to ordinary stories told through the perspective of the experienced director.

The film will be screened from Monday to Friday on VTV1. VNS