6 August 2008,
2pm at the Salon, National Museum
A year ago, Royston Tan’s musical drama "881"
amassed a massive $3.5 million at the local box office.
Now the producers behind Royston’s latest venture
"12 Lotus" hope to raise the bar higher.
a production budget of $1.5 million, "12 Lotus"
reunites Qi Yi Wu and Mindee Ong in an age-worn tale
of love and betrayal, against a backdrop of poignant
hokkien songs produced and composed by renowned musicians
Eric Ng and Xiaohan.
the cast this time round is veteran Medicorp actor Huang
Yiliang who plays the abusive father of Lian Hua (Mindee’s
character). Huang who is notoriously known for playing
estranged, loud characters on the TV screen can’t
be more impressed by Royston’s directing skills.
Yi Wu who in recent times has ventured onto the big
screen with "Home Song Stories" and "The
Leap Years" seem to possess more ‘star’
appeal than before. Working with Royston for the second
time, Qi plays two totally different characters. Donning
some flashy, bizarre looking costumes (as shown below)
and being a handicap in Hokkien, he has to sing and
dance with Mindee and ‘getai’ veteran Liu
Ling Ling onscreen.
for the petite looking Mindee, she finds her role in
"12 Lotus" far more challenging than the one
in “881”. A sexual assault scene in the
movie might contribute to that factor.
Lotus" has yet to be shown to the media at press
time but the kind organizer did edit two impressive
sequences for the media to preview. Will "12 Lotus"
surpass "881" at the box-office? We may have
to wait till 14 August when the movie opens. The official
soundtrack however will be release on 8th August. The
soundtrack for "881" shifted at least 200,
000 copies and what will be the number this time?
past movies include "15", "4:30",
"881" and now "12 Lotus". It’s
all about numbers for Royston and also the investors
who we are sure will be sticking their noses at the
cash registers very closely.
the music and drama on 14th August 2008 when 12 Lotus
opens in our cinemas islandwide.