Saigon Electric

| The Royal

USA, Vietnam 2011 Rated G 98:00 Vietnamese with English subtitles Canadian Premiere

From the director of Owl and the Sparrow (Reel Asian 2007) comes a fresh new dance film with a distinctly Vietnamese flair. Featuring a cast of up-and-coming young dancers, the film is packed with awesome dance-offs and a ton of attitude.

Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, arrives in the big city of Saigon with hopes of being admitted to the national dance academy. After falling victim to her own insecurities and failing her auditions, Mai befriends a rebellious hip hop dancer named Kim and her dance crew of local street kids, Saigon Fresh.

The crew’s biggest dream is to compete internationally, and to do so they must take on the national champs, North Killaz. One night, Kim’s hard-headed pride gets her in trouble with the competition. After putting herself and the reputation of the crew at risk, she defiantly quits the team

Selfish desires and a romance with a rich boy take Kim away and strain her friendship with Mai, who takes solace with Saigon Fresh’s team captain. They grow closer as they spend time at the community centre where the dance crew trains; the captain shows Mai the meaning of hip hop while she teaches him the beauty of ribbon dancing

When the community centre is threatened by a developer threatening to tear it down. Mai and the crew must dance for their lives to battle out a victory with their rivals and to save the only home they’ve known.

– Heather Keung