The Requin | Le-Van Kiet Interview [Exclusive]

The Requin directed by Le-Van Kiet

Director Le-Van Kiet didn’t want to just make another shark movie with The Requin. He saw a survival movie with complex characters striving to live after a natural disaster jeopardized their lives.

The film stars Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) and James Tupper (Big Little Lies) in an emotional survival story of a couple swept out to sea.

Here is the official synopsis for The Requin:

There’s terror in paradise when Jaelyn (Alicia Silverstone) and Kyle (James Tupper) arrive at a remote seaside villa in Vietnam for a romantic getaway. A torrential storm descends, reducing the villa to little more than a raft and sweeping the young couple out to sea. Suddenly, another danger appears a school of great white sharks. With her injured husband watching helplessly, Jaelyn must battle the deadly predators alone in this tense thriller that rides an unrelenting wave of fear.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director and writer Le-Van Kiet in his American project with The Requin. We discussed how he wanted to make a different kind of film and whether a villa bungalow can float out to sea. Also, we went in-depth about filming in a water tank with the actors and keeping everyone safe under COVID-19 protocols.

In 2006, Le-Van Kiet made his directorial debut with Dust of Life, a coming-of-age drama from an episode of his personal life about the exodus of Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s and 1980s. He followed it with the horror film House in the Alley in 2012 and 2014’s Gentle was based on a short story from Fyodor Dostoevsky. His martial arts film Furie was the Vietnamese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film also broke the record for high-grossing Vietnamese film in history.

The Requin is in select theaters, On Demand, and available digitally today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Le-Van Kiet below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Saban Films

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