Synopsis by Matthew Tobey
The first film from writer/director Do Minh Tuan, Vua Bai Rac is a whimsical romantic comedy set in a Vietnamese garbage dump. Vo Hoai Nam stars as Trong, a gruff trash dealer with little regard for the feelings of his employees. Nguyen Bich Ngoc is Thuy, a beautiful young florist who has put a price on her virginity in order to afford treatment for her dying mother. When Trong meets Thuy, he falls in love and begins to see the world and his dump in a different light. As their romance blossoms, Trong learns to care for the trash collectors that work for him, and he encourages them to express themselves by building art from the refuse. Also starring Cuong Tuc and Tran Hanh, Vua Bai Rac had its U.S. premiere at the 2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The title of the film translates to King of the Garbage Dumps or Foul King, though it should not be confused with the 2002 Korean film The Foul King.