June 2005 (Singapore, Goodwood Park Hotel) -
Budget: Estimated $400,000
Locations: Mainly 4
story will take place in a span of 4 days.
Coincidentally, Royston Tan’s latest film is filled with the number
“4”. It has been a year since Tan’s controversial
film, “15” emerged on the big screen. Now the talented young
director has embarked on his second full-length feature, “4:30”.
Jointly funded by Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the Singapore
Film Commission and Eric Khoo’s Zhao Wei Films. The film stars
up and coming Korea actor Kim Young Jun and 12 year old Xiao Li Yuan,
a familiar face on several well-known television dramas such as “A
Child’s Hope” and Jack Neo’s “Home Run”.
What makes this script so outstanding is the abandon of dialogue usage.
Kim and Xiao have to use eye contact and body languages to express themselves
as they share only one dialogue throughout the film. A daring approach
you might say. Kim who are used to appearing in comical sitcoms and
variety shows back in his native land describes through his interpreter
that “4:30” is a dark, brooding film and his character is
a lonely soul who smokes a lot. He added that because of “4:30”,
he has to pick up intensive smoking and he has no wish to continue with
it after shooting ends. Royston even chipped in that Kim has to first
endure a scene that requires him to smoke continuously for 8 minutes
in one take, drawing much laughter from the cozy crowd of media present
at Goodwood Park hotel on 22 June.
down-to-earth director reveals that by casting a Korean actor in “4:30”
is a way of saying thank you to the people of Pusan who have all along
been very supportive of his works. When asked when the film will premiere?
Producer James Toh from Zhao Wei Films commented that the first cut
should be ready by September and the film is tentatively scheduled to
premiere at NHK Asian Film Festival in the later part of the year.
NHK only selects four films under it’s bi-annual Asian Film Festival,
it’s a great honour and achievement for a Singapore-made film
to be supported by them. Notably participants of past years include
Siddiq Barmak for “Osama” and Fruit Chan “Little Cheung”.
post-production works to be done in Thailand by the team from “Last
Life In The Universe”, “4:30” which tackles the cross-cultural
relationships between a lone tenant and a boy and directed/written by
“Asian Hero” (dubbed aptly by Time magazine) Royston Tan,
is the next film from our very own Merlion City to watch out for. So
is “4” Royston’s lucky number? We should jot it down
and ask him when we meet him for the film’s premiere.
by Linus T.
Photos & Layout by: Leosen Teo
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