Local youths need more TV series about the journey into adulthood 

August, 21/2022 - 08:52
More films about young people on the journey into adulthood and career need to be created, along with current TV series on family and love.
'Lối Nhỏ Vào Đời' (Little Way to Life) is one of the latest youth-themed series. Photo nld.com.vn

More films about young people on the journey into adulthood and career need to be created, along with current TV series on family and love.

The latest youth-themed series on television is Lối Nhỏ Vào Đời (Little Way to Life), directed by Nguyễn Đức Hiếu and Lê Đỗ Ngọc Linh. The final episode of the series aired on VTV1 recently.

The series describes Dũng’s life (played by Tạ Hoàng Long), who is a high school student and lacking the attention of his father Hoàng (played by Phan Anh).

The story of 60-year-old Thành (played by Bùi Bài Bình), who works as a motorbike taxi driver and tries to warm up his relationships with his son and daughter-in-law, is depicted in the plot as well.

'Itaewon Class' from South Korea has gained global popularity since its premiere. Photo thanhnien.vn

The series has attracted a large audience and received many comments from movie sites and forums, especially on the unique perspectives on the generation gap and the journey into adulthood of the main characters.

However, similar to some other TV series, Lối Nhỏ Vào Đời did not have a well-rounded ending, with several knots not being untied effectively.

Director Vũ Minh Trí’s Lối Về Miền Hoa (The Way to the Flower Land) TV series is another typical example.

This series describes stories of Lợi (played by Trọng Lân) and his friends Linh Béo (played by Lâm Đức Anh) and Bão (played by Mạnh Quân) growing up in a flower-growing village on the outskirts of a town.

Lợi makes a living by trading flowers between the village and local shops in the town.

Lối Về Miền Hoa effectively interweaves humour with the story of young people's start-ups and their journey into adulthood.

“I like this movie and hope to see more movies on similar topics”, a critic said.

“Each episode is very interesting even though the content is simple, not too dramatic with tragic situations like some recent TV series,” he added.

Last year, the series 11 Tháng 5 Ngày (11 Months 5 Days), directed by Nguyễn Đức Hiếu and Lê Đỗ Ngọc Linh, received praise from the audience as well.

Character Tuệ Nghi (played by Khả Ngân) is relatable to many young viewers and the good acting skills of the actors also brought a lot of emotions to the viewers.

More films about young people on the journey into adulthood and career need to be created like '11 Tháng 5 Ngày' (11 Months 5 Days). Photo nld.com.vn

Potential

The topic of the journey into adulthood has been less embraced because producers consider love tragedies, mother- and daughter-in-law conflicts and adultery more attractive to the audience's tastes.

It is more challenging to create similar dramas for young people without overwhelming necessary positive messages.

“Since young actors do not have a prominent name in acting enough to impress the audience, producers have to find a cast of veteran actors to support. In some cases, the spotlight is on the veteran cast with better acting skills,” screenwriter Kim Ngọc said.

That being said, films about young people are now beginning to show a lot of potential because films that exploit family tragedies and family emotional conflicts are losing their heat.

Countries with a developed TV drama market in the region such as South Korea, in fact, have produced multiple successful series about the youth such as Itaewon Class, The Chronicles of Youth and Start-up and have gained global popularity.

They are light to watch, yet boldly highlight the challenges facing young people in their journey into adulthood.

"The potential of this genre is huge as after years of doing similar topics, producers will eventually return to young audiences. It is a great challenge and films about young people must be exploited with novelty and originality,” screenwriter Đông Hoa said. VNS

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