Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (2007)


Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (2007)
Muoi (original title)

"Muoi" charts the path of a Korean writer who travels to Vietnam in search of stories for her second novel. There she learns about a mystery centered around a century-old vengeful spirit.
South Korea
IMDb   5.9 /10
TheMovieDb    5.7 /10
FilmAffinity   5.2 /10
Director Tae-kyeong Kim
Writer Zizak
Writer Tae-kyeong Kim
Release Date2007-07-26
Runtime1h 33mins
GenreDrama, History, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards2 nominations.
CompanyBilly Pictures, CJ Entertainment, Donuts Media
CountrySouth Korea, Vietnam
LanguageVietnamese, Korean
Anh Thu
Anh Thu
Anh Hong
Anh Hong
So-hee Hong
So-hee Hong
Yong-tae Kim
Yong-tae Kim
Dong-yeob Ko
Dong-yeob Ko
Seong-Eon Lim
Seong-Eon Lim
Binh Minh
Binh Minh
Hye-ji Oh
Hye-ji Oh

Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait

Mười: The Legend of a Portrait is a 2007 horror film starring Jo An, Cha Ye-ryun and Anh Thu. It became the first horror film in Vietnam, after the Fall of Saigon and also, the first rated film in Vietnam.


Yun-hee, a South Korean writer, is under pressure by her editor to produce something of interest for her next book. She hasn’t had a book published in three years and is all too cognizant of this fact. Things look up when her old friend Seo-yeon calls from Vietnam. Seo-Yeon informs Yun-hee about a local Vietnamese folklore centered around a girl named “Mười” and her haunted portrait. It just so happens that in Yun-hee’s prior novel, she wrote a semi-autobiographical tale concerning her friends titled “Secrets & Lies”. In the book Seo-Yeon was portrayed in the most horrible manner, but Yun-hee is sure that Seo-Yeon hasn’t read the book as she has been living in Vietnam for years. Yun-hee eagerly flies to Vietnam to learn more about Muoi.

Vietnamese reaction

Muoi is considered the first horror film production to be made in Vietnam. Despite high public expectation, the picture also received bad reactions.

Upon examination, it received a disapproval from Vietnamese Bureau of Cinema for "unsuitable contents," which led to a delay in Vietnamese release. Because of this, it became the second horror film to be released in Vietnam, while another in the genre, Ngoi nha ma am/Suoi oan hon (Haunted House/Ghosted Stream), came out in August.

Finally, Muoi was released on December 24, 2007 with the first rating in Vietnamese film history: an under-16 ban for disturbing violence and horror image. Though stuck with this restriction, Muoi also had to suffer from scene cuts requested by the bureau. These include Muoi's right leg breakage, a monk's body falling, and So-hee's death.


At 2008's 7th Golden Kite Awards (the local equivalent of the Oscars), Phuoc Sang Films chose to send Muoi to the examining judge; afterwards, controversy arose because it was not considered a "real Vietnamese film" (most of the film was shot by Koreans). However, the film still received accolades for Best Cinematography and Best Sounds.


  • Jo An ... Yoon-hee
  • Cha Ye-ryun ... Seo-yeon
  • Anh Thu ... Muoi
  • Hong Anh ... Hong
  • Hong So-hee ... Eun-jung
  • Lim Seong-eon
  • Ly Nha Ky ... young girl