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On Location: "1318", 19 Teo Hong Road ~ The Medicine Hall Set, 28 Feb 2006

In the quiet mid-afternoon, on 28th Feb, off Neil Road at Chinatown, there was this flurry of activities going on at this seemingly ordinary traditional medical hall. Not anything unusual except with the on-going press conference for the movie debut collaboration of the famous Canto-pop legend Alan Tam and popular singer, Hacken Lee, with FM 93.3’s Denise Chew as the host. Excitedly, this is the real shooting location for this entertaining comedy, “1318” .

Produced by established Hong Kong filmmaker Clifton Ko Chi Sum, this is a worthy-to-note collaboration for Mediacorp RainTree Pictures, Spring Time Cinema and Impact Entertainment.

Kicking-start the event, CEO of Mediacorp RainTree Pictures, Daniel Yun, felt that this movie is an exceptional workpiece to showcase the different wonderful colours of culture with its cross-straits production team and cast. And it is the one movie that is timely acceptable by and nonetheless, suitable for the gradually mature cinema market.

At our anticipation and in brisk speed, the cast, consisting of HongKong Leung Wing Chung, beautiful Hu Jing from China and our very own Mediacorp artistes Ng Hui, wacky Patricia Mok and Abigail Chay, were introduced. And all were dressed as their movie characters. Unsurprisingly, stealing the limelight was Alan Tam. He had a fake, prominent belly and was bespectacled, resembles like an old uncle. With all smiles and friendliness, he hoped that this movie would be accepted by the masses, not only Chinese, but reaching to the rest too. He candidly admitted that he had gained at least 20 pounds for his role and as part of his sacrifice; he had to fight off his skin allergies once after rushing for a straight 13 hour shooting with his thick, prosetic make-up.

Our local Jeff Wang, came in last apologetically after rushing straight from another of his shooting location. Like the rest of the cast, he too was certainly honored to work with respected Alan Tam and overseas artistes.

It was, is and will be a wonderful experience and valuable exposure for the whole cast.

"1318" will be filmed in three countries: China (Guilin), Hong Kong and Singapore. Singapore is the last leg of the production. It will be released locally by Shaw organization and targetted to hit theatres on 8 June 2006. Keep a lookout for it when it debuts on the big screen!


Report: Alicia Tee | Photos: Richard Lim Jr | Layout: Linus Tee

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