city has a tale to tell, as actress Karena Lam found out
during the shoots for her latest movie Anna & Anna.
The award-winning starlet was in Shanghai and Singapore
recently for the principal photography of her upcoming
has a melancholic feel, with its grey skies and droopy
trees,” says the 28-year-old in a mix of fluent
Mandarin and English.
The Vancouver-born actress was in Singapore to complete
the last few scenes of the Aubrey Lam-directed movie,
which is scheduled for a Singapore release later in
August this year. Moviexclusive.com had the chance to
catch up with her during a wrap party held at breezy
Fullerton One recently.
With zest and enthusiasm, Lam has this to say of our
little island: “In contrast to the huge farms
in Shanghai, Singapore gives me a very cosmopolitan
feeling with its bright blue skies and building architecture.”
In the movie, she plays two very different characters
(looking exactly the same as each other) living in Shanghai
and Singapore. The romance thriller explores how we
make choices and the impact different decisions have
on our lives. It also stars Mainland Chinese actor Lu
Yi (Jasmine Women, Seven Swords).
The movie proved to be a challenge for Lam, as she had
to be immensely disciplined in how she played out the
two different characters.
the past, I could act with my immediate feelings. Now,
because of special effects like chroma key and green
screen techniques, everything scene has to be taken
at least three times.
that requires a lot of precision and accuracy,”
reveals the petite actress.
is something I’ve never done in my career.”
Lam is also full of praise for her director Aubrey,
who is only helming her third movie after Twelve Nights
(2000) starring Eason Chan and Cecilia Cheung and Hidden
Track (2003) starring Shawn Yue and Po Po.
may only be Aubrey’s third movie, but she is talented
and gives me a lot of freedom in expressing the role.
I’m also grateful for how she trusts me to personify
such complex roles.”
The movie also stars Taiwanese newcomer Tender Huang,
who plays the man situated in Singapore. When asked
to compare Huang and Lu, Lam bursts into laughter:”It’s
unfair to compare the two of them because I only spent
four days filming with Tender while I spent almost a
month in Shanghai with Lu Yi.”
Huang, who has appeared in several commercials and MTVs,
is humble when he discusses about his performance in
only give myself about 60 marks. There is definitely
a lot for improvement,” says the strapping 28-year-old,
who also appeared in Leste Chen’s horror flick
The Heirloom (2005).
He adds in his perfect Mandarin: “Thankfully,
Karena is on the set to guide me along, and that definitely
helped me feel more comfortable.”
So what does the good-looker think about our Lion City?
Without hesitation, he says: “The moment I touched
down, I knew this was a city of feelings. People I see
on the streets here are very affectionate. They greet
you with a nod or smile, not like the busy strangers
who pass you by in Taiwan.”
Now, that is probably another tale to be told about
& Anna opens in cinemas here August 2007.