Entertainment19 January 2023
Netflix today released the first looks for A Tourist's Guide To Love, the first international production to film in Vietnam since the pandemic. Set to premiere globally on April 27, the romance film features an international cast including producer and star Rachael Leigh Cook, Vietnamese-American actor Scott Ly, as well as popular local actors Meritorious Artist Lê Thiện and rising talent Quinn Trúc Trần.
A Tourist’s Guide To Love follows a travel executive (Rachel Leigh Cook) who, after an unexpected breakup, decides to accept an assignment to go undercover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. Along the way, she finds adventure and romance with her Vietnamese expat tour guide (Scott Ly) when they decide to reroute the bus in order to explore life and love off the beaten path.
The first look images showcase many exquisite locales in Vietnam to a global audience. These include the sparkling Thu Bồn river in Hội An, the ancient and majestic Mỹ Sơn sanctuary, the bustling Bến Thành market, and a peaceful village in the Hà Giang countryside.
“Vietnam is insanely beautiful, and the landscape is so incredibly diverse, and that's why I think it's so important that we set the movie in so many different places," says Cook. "The topography varies so greatly and it's such an asset to the movie and to everyone who is able to see it.”
The first look collection also teases the rich and vibrant Vietnamese culture reflected in the romance film. In a festive Tết celebration, Cook dons a traditional ‘áo dài’, while Meritorious Artist Lê Thiện welcomes international guests into her cozy village home, dancing joyfully and filling the room with warmth and festive cheer.
Sharing her inspiration behind the script, Vietnamese-American writer Eirene Tran Donohue said: “It was really important to me to tell a story about life in Vietnam now. One that was full of joy and love and celebration. I wanted to change the conversation about Vietnam, to highlight it as a modern thriving country whose stories are worthy of being told.”
DIRECTOR: Steven K. Tsuchida
WRITTEN BY: Eirene Tran Donohue
PRODUCED BY: Rachael Leigh Cook, Joel S. Rice for Muse Entertainment
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: Jim Head for Head First Productions and Lydia Storie for Muse Entertainment and Steven K. Tsuchida
LINE PRODUCER: Irene Trinh for CreaTV
CO-PRODUCER: Galen Fletcher for Radius Squared Media Group
VIETNAMESE CONSULTING PRODUCER: Dustin Nguyen
CAST: Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Ly, Missi Pyle, Ben Feldman, Glynn Sweet, Alexa Povah, Jacqueline Correa, Nondumiso Tembe, Andrew Barth Feldman, Morgan Dudley, Quinn Trúc Trần, Nsưt Lê Thiện