Johnny Tri Nguyen (Cradle 2 the Grave) and Veronica Ngo (House in the Alley) – the two leading stars from The Rebel and Clash – have reunited for Blade & Soul, a short film promoting the video game of the same name.
To Western audiences, Nguyen and Ngo are known for their breakout performances in The Rebel and Clash. The former film was a major hit in its native country, both financially and critically; the latter, though not as successful, was a passable follow-up and is regarded as a notable title among martial arts fans.
Since Vietnam’s controversial decision to ban Nguyen’s 2013 martial arts thriller Chinatown (the film has yet to be released anywhere), Nguyen has been starring in less violent, more light hearted projects, including supporting roles in Indian films. He’s also the host/spokesperson for a Vietnam-based MMA show.
Ngo – in addition to starring in Dustin Nguyen’s Once Upon a Time in Vietnam, as well as maintaining her singing and modeling career – has directed two films (The Lost Dragon and Tam Cam: The Untold Story) and was featured in Yuen Woo-ping’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny with Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen. She’ll continue her exposure to Western audiences when she appears in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as David Ayer’s upcoming thriller, Bright, with Will Smith.
As always, we’ll keep you you updated on their projects as we hear more. For now, check out the promotional short film for Blade & Soul below: