Singapore’s favourite director, Jack Neo announced his first overseas project, Killer Not Stupid in Taipei, Taiwan today. Together with acting talents from various countries including Jay Shih (是元介), Amber An (安心亞), Lin Nadou (納豆), Lin Mei-hsiu (林美 秀), Apple Chan (陈芷尤) , Gadrick Chin(陈俊权) and Xin Long (辛龍), Jack Neo is geared to bring his comedy style to a new level with this action-comedy film!
Jack Neo scripted and directed numerous box office hits such as Money No Enough, I Not Stupid, and the Ah Boys to Men series. He has also made the impossible possible in Singapore’s film industry. Currently, 9 out of the Top 10 Highest Grossing Singapore Films in Singapore are all Jack Neo’s films. With a population of only 5.6 million in Singapore, the consolidated box office collection of Jack Neo’s films has crossed a remarkable figure of a 1.9 billion NTD (SGD 85.7 million)! His film I Not Stupid also started the Singlish trend in Taiwan during its release.
Jack Neo said, “This is my first movie collaboration in Taiwan and I would like to thank mm2 Asia, mm2 Entertainment Taiwan, Turner Asia Pacific and the Singapore Film Commission. I would also like to thank the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei and the Taichung City government for their kind support to this film. This would be a good opportunity for our media talents in Taiwan and Singapore to interact, exchange ideas and learn from each other.”
mm2 Asia Ltd.’s CEO, Mr Chang Long Jong, said, “Taiwan is one of the key territories we are expanding into and we are delighted that Jack has chosen to film in Taiwan for the first time. We hope that Killer Not Stupid will be a successful foray into Taiwan and North Asia like all of Jack’s films in Singapore and Malaysia.” mm2 Entertainment Co., Ltd (Taiwan)’s General Manager, Mr Chen Chi Yuan said, “This will be an iconic collaboration between our Taiwan and Singapore media industry. Everyone will be looking forward to this exciting moment.”
Turner Asia Pacific’s Vice President, Networks - General Entertainment, Ms Marianne Lee expressed their honour to be involved in Killer Not Stupid, “We are very excited about the upcoming launch of Killer Not Stupid, the second movie in Turner’s co-production partnership with mm2. Any film that involves well-known names from around the region - including of course Jack Neo, one of Singapore’s most successful directors - undoubtedly broadens its appeal. It is a particularly attractive project for Turner given the number of its entertainment brands across Asia Pacific and I can’t wait to see it!”
90% of Killer Not Stupid will be set and filmed in Taichung City. Jack Neo hopes that more people will be able to witness the beauty of Taichung through this film. Moreover, his film Money No Enough 2, has been screening at Taichung’s Wonderful Cinema for more than 8 years. To thank everyone in Taichung for their support, he strongly expressed his desire to film in Taichung because he “wishes to seize this opportunity to know more about Taichung residents and take inspiration from them to add sentimental elements to the film.”
The main leading actor and actress for Killer Not Stupid are Jay Shih and Amber An, in their first on-screen collaboration. Both of them will be seen in many action scenes, Jay claimed that, “Guys should not let the ladies sustain any injuries and I will do whatever it takes to protect everyone’s Goddess (Amber An)”. Amber has no worries, as she hopes that Nadou will protect her in times of danger. “I will not hesitate to push Nadou in front of me when there’s danger lurking as I’m not afraid of his well-being” she said jokingly. Both are thrilled to be working together with Jack Neo for the first time.
A talented ensemble of supporting actors has been assembled for Killer Not Stupid. Nadou plays an intelligent killer who uses his advanced technology skills to help his best friend (played by Jay Shih) in times of danger. Veteran Lin Mei-hsiu ‘s character is the protagonist in the film. She makes good use of her auntie appearance to conceal her true identity as a killer to hunt down the main leads, together with her subordinate Xin Long, but both often make a fool out of themselves along the journey. Jack Neo believes that this protagonist duo will bring more amazing surprises to the film. Other than these Taiwan actors, Jack has also cast his protégés, Hong Kong’s Apple Chan whose sweet looks hide her impressive Muay Thai and MMA skills, and Malaysia’s Gadrick Chin known for his natural comedic looks and strong comedic presence.
Killer Not Stupid tells the story of Hornet and Mark who decide to end their careers as assassins with a final mission. Along the way, they meet their old classmate Sha Bao, the wanted Philippines’s drug lord daughter Talia and her friend Ira in Taichung. Things get complicated as Hornet and Mark discover that their own enemies are pursuing all of them. Fights and action ramp up as they begin their hilarious and adventurous trip in Taiwan! The movie will commence filming Page 2
in Taichung in mid March and estimated to wrap in end April 2018. Killer Not Stupid is presented by mm2 Entertainment Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd.) and J Team Productions, in association with Turner Asia Pacific, produced by mm2 Entertainment Co., Ltd (Taiwan), and supported by the Singapore Film Commission.