December 7, 2017, 7:00 PM

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Alumni Screening Series invites you and a guest to a special screening of

Saigon Bodyguards

Directed by Ken Ochiai '06
Written by Michael Thai '07
Story by Ken Ochiai & Michael Thai
Produced by Niv Fichman and Kim Ly
Edited by Jack Price '07

Followed by a Q&A with Ken Ochiai and Michael Thai

7:00 PM on Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Nominated for the 2017 Golden Kite Award (Vietnamese Oscar) for BEST PICTURE

About Saigon Bodyguards

Two bodyguards (a straight-shooter and a loose cannon) are assigned to babysit a wealthy student returning home for his father’s funeral. Set to inherit one of Vietnam’s richest companies, the young man is mysteriously kidnapped. To buy time and cover their asses, the two bodyguards enlist the help of a country bumpkin to pose as their client. But will they be able to fool everyone and save the real son before his company falls into the hands of an unscrupulous rival at the upcoming board meeting?

Runtime: 112 minutes. Not rated. Vietnamese with English subtitles.

About the Guests

KEN OCHIAI '06 (Director, Alumnus)

Ken Ochiai made his first film at age 12. Immediately following his high school graduation, he left his hometown of Tokyo, Japan, to pursue his dream of becoming a film director in the United States. To date, Ochiai has directed 3 theatrical features, and over 30 short films, commercials, and music videos. His first feature film, “Tiger Mask” (based on a legendary Japanese comic book series), was released in the fall of 2013 in several Asian countries. His second feature film, “Uzumasa Limelight,” was released in 2014. It won the Chevel Noir (Best Picture) and for Best Actor at the Fantasia International Film Festival, the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, two audience awards at the New York Asian Film Festival, and Camera Japan in Holland. He was honored with the title of New American Filmmaker at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and received the Young Alumni Award from the USC Asian Pacific AlumniAssociation in recognition of his achievements in filmmaking. His latest film, “Saigon Bodyguards” was released in Vietnam in 2016 and beat “Rogue One” in the first week and became the 4th biggest movie of the year.

MICHAEL THAI '07 (Writer, Alumnus)

Michael Thai is an award-winning writer and filmmaker working in the US and Asia. Born in Germany and raised in Orange County, Michael received his bachelor’s degree in film production from USC and has lived and traveled extensively in China and Vietnam. His work has been recognized by the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, CineStory Foundation, TrackingB and ScreenCraft. Saigon Bodyguards is his first theatrical feature, and he is currently developing various projects for American and Asian markets.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout 2017. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.

Check-in & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at with the subject line: "Accommodations Request -- SAIGON BODYGUARDS."


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.

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Contact Information

Name: Matt Meier