The Balcony at The Heeren Shop | Date/Time:
9 March 2006, 2pm
conjunction with the theatrical release
of FOCUS: First Cuts (FFC) film series,
a press conference was held at THE BALCONY.
On the panel of speakers were five award-winning
directors from FOCUS: First Cuts film series.
They are: Robin Lee (Taiwan), Kelvin Tong
(Singapore), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Ning
Hao (China) and Lee Kung Lok (Hong Kong).
Joining them are Kenneth Tan, MD of Golden
Village and Focus Films COO Daniel Yu.
Village the largest cinema circuit in Singapore
will be opening their ninth cinema at Harbourfront
in the middle of the year. Coincidentally
with this FFC project, there will be more
Chinese movies to be given the chance to
grace the silver screens, explained Kenneth
in his opening speech to the media present.
For the uninitiated, FFC is a successful
collaboration between Focus Films Limited
and Golden Village Pictures (GVP) to produce
and distribute the widest range of Asian
titles for the Singapore audience. Focus
is partly owned by HK Superstar Andy Lau.
All the directors were grateful to the fact
that they were granted a chance and absolute
freedom by Focus to shoot their individual
projects. A few of them liked Robin Lee
who hailed from a life science background
was delighted in directing her first film
after working several years as an assistant
grilled by the emcee to talk more on their
projects, our homegrown Kelvin Tong jokingly
insists his movie is not about love although
it's ironically entitled "Love Story".
The only lady in the group, Robin Lee prefer
to showcase a brighter and vibrant side
of Taiwan instead of the usual gloomy arthouse
productions coming out of her native land
in "The Shoe Fairy". Ho Yuhang
from our neighbouring country, Malaysia
who is directing "Rain Dogs" is
telling a story of a high school student
who has just graduated from his secondary
all the movies are shot in High Definition
(HD), the gang were asked how they feel
about shooting in this latest technology.
The most humourous of the lot, Ho laments
that it's the company 's decision so he
has no choice but to follow suit. Lee Kung
Lok prefers to let his film do the talking.
To him, a Panasonic or Sony Hi-Def videocam
doesn't make any difference to his story-telling
and most importantly, the audience won't
be interested in that either. Pretty well-said
by the man of few words.
most of the movies are already in post-productions
except for Ning Hao's Crazy Stone. He says
that all the stress and attention are now
channelled upon him to quickly complete
the film for release. With rights being
sold to Asian countries liked Japan, Malaysia
and Thailand and also scheduled to be release
here from 16 March to July 2006, the FFC
project looks set to soar! Golden Horse
Award-winning film The Shoe Fairy
will be the first of the film series, to
open here on 16 March 2006. So stay tuned,
we are in for a great treat!
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