The Tailor (Cô Ba Sài Gòn)

The Tailor, Cô Ba Sài Gòn

Courtesy of Vietnam Media Corporation


Directed by Tran Buu Loc and Kay Nguyen. Vietnam 2017. Vietnamese with English subtitles. 92 min.

Highlighting the glamorous culture and lifestyle of Vietnamese women in 1960s Saigon, The Tailor tells the story of a young, arrogant girl named Nhu Y. The daughter of a famed áo dài tailor whose family has been in the same business for nine generations, Nhu Y prefers instead to design Western-style outfits. After trying on a beautiful áo dài made from fabric passed down from her ancestor, Nhu Y travels to the future and meets herself a few decades later. Witnessing the tragedy of her family’s trade after turning her back on the craft, Nhu Y learns to value the traditional Vietnamese garment.

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