Dancers set Kong’s Vietnam premiere ceremony on fire, literally


Updated : 03/10/2017 09:41 GMT + 7

A ten-meter tall model of the cinematic beast King Kong caught fire on Thursday at the Ho Chi Minh City premiere of ‘Kong: Skull Island’.

The ceremony was held in front of the SC Vivo City shopping mall in District 7, where government officials, U.S. diplomats, celebrities, and representatives from Warner Bros. Pictures gathered to celebrate the opening of the first Hollywood blockbuster to be shot mainly in Vietnam.

Towering of the ceremony’s stage was a ten-meter tall model of King Kong, the enormous fictional ape-like beast whose name was given to the film’s title.

At around 7:10 pm, when the event’s emcee was delivering a monologue following a lively performance from fire dancers in tribal costume, smoke and flames began to rise from the left hand of the Kong model.

Within seconds the flames sprang out of control and disorder spread amongst the audience, forcing the MC to stop mid-speech.

Within five minutes the entire foam model was consumed by a raging fire and attendees were evacuated from the scene.

Footage of the on-stage fire at the film premiere ceremony of ‘Kong: Skull Island’ in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City March 9, 2017. Source: YouTube

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Fortunately, the only casualty from the ordeal was the giant Kong model, whose ashes littered the SC Vivo City parking lot, surrounded by its enormous metal frame and damaged stage equipment

According to organizers, the fire started when one of the fire dancers, after retreating backstage, accidentally set hay and foam decorating the stage on fire with his still-burning torch.

Within minutes the flames were out of control, forcing the premiere ceremony to be cut short and guests to be directed into the cinema to enjoy the opening screening of the movie in Vietnam.

According to its producers, up to 70 percent of the runtime of ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was filmed in the Vietnamese provinces of Quang Binh, Quanh Ninh and Ninh Binh.

The blockbuster will be screened in cinemas nationwide today, March 10, the same date as its world premiere.

Cháy mô hình King Kong tại lễ ra mắt phim Kong

The skeleton of the giant model of King Kong after the fire had been put out. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Cháy mô hình King Kong tại lễ ra mắt phim Kong

The giant model of King Kong at the film premiere ceremony of ‘Kong: Skull Island’ in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City March 9, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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