Thursday April 14, 2016
8:00pm - 9:50pm | 115 min
Produced in Vietnam | 2016
Language: Vietnamese (with English subtitles)
Bitcoin Heist is a fast-paced, action-packed, tech-based feature film that focuses on the new cryptocurrency known as bitcoin.
In order to catch Interpol’s most wanted hacker who calls himself “The Ghost,” special agent DaDa (Kate Nhung) assembles a team of expert criminals to carry out the ultimate heist. The lineup includes: Jack Magique (Petey Majik Nguyen), a street magician and master pickpocket; Luhan (Jayvee Mai The Hiep) and Linh (Lam Thanh My), a father and daughter grifter duo; Vi (Suboi), a League of Legends champion, manga fan, and expert hacker; and Phuc (Thanh Pham), a skinny accountant who works for The Ghost. Phuc has agreed to work with the police in exchange for protection against his notorious employer, a Korean-German tech industrialist playboy (with ties to the mafia) named Thomas Nam (Teo Yoo).
There is more than meets the eye, however, in the world of The Ghost, since any smart criminal knows that “there is no honor among thieves.” Award winning director Ham Tran’s (Journey from the Fall) new flick from Vietnam is groundbreaking, in that it is filled with great special effects and advanced technology. With a mixture of “Mission Impossible” and “Ocean’s 11,” Ham Tran’s Bitcoin Heist is packed with daring stunts and unpredictable plot twists that transform this heist-film into a high-stakes rollercoaster enterprise.
By David Goetz
In attendance: Anderson Le (Producer) and Suboi (Actress)
Presented by Wells Fargo
Born in Vietnam, Ham Tran immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1982. Tran received his MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television. His short films “The Prescription” and “Pomegranate” were both finalists for the Student Academy Awards, and his thesis film “The Anniversary” was on the Top Ten for the 2004 Academy Award for the Best Live Action Short Film. Tran’s first full-length feature, Journey from the Fall, premiered at Sundance in 2006 and was released theatrically in 2007. Tran would eventually return to Vietnam to direct the romantic hit comedy How to Fight in Six Inch Heels (2013) and the supernatural family drama Hollow (2014). He is currently prepping for his latest film, an adaptation of the Thai romantic comedy, ATM.