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Jack Neo's Latest Movie Deals With Illegal Moneylending Business

30 Jan

Tired of Hollywood films? Well, here’s a Singapore-made movie you can sit up to. MediaCorp Raintree Pictures will be premiering a comedy about the illegal moneylending business.

Jack Neo’s latest film, ‘Ah Long Pte Ltd’, is a light-hearted black comedy about the moneylending business and the triad world.

Mark Lee plays Fann Wong’s husband, who tries to turn her moneylending business into one that’s legal and free of violence.

But far from trivialising the subject of illegal moneylending, director Jack Neo has a serious message for his audience.

He said: “At the end of the day, all these people get their punishment. Along the way, these people dreamt that they can actually change the business model. They try to use another method to deal with the debtor.

“You are going to see a very funny way of dealing with debtors, you are going to see a lot of new ideas from our scriptwriter,” Neo added.

‘Ah Long Pte Ltd’ is the seventh collaboration between MediaCorp Raintree Pictures and Jack Neo.

This long-working relationship has given producers the assurance that a sensitive topic like illegal moneylending business will be well-directed.

Daniel Yun, Executive Producer of ‘Ah Long Pte Ltd’, said: “Jack has a way of making every subject matter a family entertainment. This is no exception. And the most important thing is, at the end of the story, there’s redemption and that makes it very good family entertainment.”

‘Ah Long Pte Ltd’ will debut in Singapore cinemas on 7 February and in Malaysia on 13 March. – CNA/vm

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Singapore Celebrity, Jimmy Nah, Dead At 40

4 Jan

SINGAPORE: He shot to fame in the 1980s in a Channel 8 series “Friends Next Door”, playing a character who was perennially on sick leave – one so popular with comedy fans that it became his stage-name: MC King.

More recently, the 40-year-old actor and host took to the big screen in several Jack Neo hits such as “Home Run” and “I Do, I Do”, and had just completed a new Channel 8 drama “Taste of Love”, due to debut on Jan 22.

Friends and family saw nothing amiss with Mr Jimmy Nah – who, in a blog entry on New Year’s Eve, wished for good health and the renewal of his MediaCorp contract come Feb 29 – so, his sudden death on Friday shocked everyone.

According to artiste manager, Ms Teo Lian Huay, Mr Nah had accompanied his mother to a doctor’s clinic in the morning, and had seemed all right then.

But later, back home, she found him gasping for air in his room and he was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was pronounced dead at about 1pm.

The cause of death had yet to be established as of press time: The police said he had no prior medical history and foul play was not suspected. Other reports say he was given the all-clear in a recent medical check-up.

Friends rushed to the hospital on hearing the news, including actors Huang Shinan, Rayson Tan and Carol Lin.

Mr Huang, who owns an events company, told TODAY he was shocked because he had been on the phone with Mr Nah the night before, and nothing had seemed amiss.

“He was always so full of zeal, always on the lookout for opportunities,” he said, adding that he had never heard Mr Nah complain of tiredness even after a hard day’s filming.

“He was a source of motivation and would encourage me whenever I had problems in my business.”

Ms Teo said Mr Nah’s mother called him a filial child and was the elder of two sons.

Besides acting, Mr Nah was a part-time radio deejay and an events host. Fans also remember him from the Comedy Night shows in the 1990s, which he hosted with Mr Neo and Mr Mark Lee.

News of Mr Nah’s death spread quickly, with fans flooding online forums with their condolences and bewilderment that he died so young.

Cleaner Ms Ang Hua, 59, told TODAY: “I have been watching him on television since the day he entered the industry and I really liked him. He was entertaining and funny.”

Film-maker Mr Neo wrote on his blog: “I still cannot believe he has left … I wish what I am writing now is just a script or a bad dream, and that all this never happened.”

Himself an avid blogger, Mr Nah posted photos that he took of fellow celebrities, and almost every entry ended with a short video-clip of the day’s events. His last post was on Dec 31, in which he listed his wishes for the new year.

Said Mr Huang: “We had plans to work together again, but now he is gone. Life is so unpredictable.”

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The Best In Chinese TV Drama Honoured At Star Awards 2007

16 Dec

SINGAPORE: The honours roll is out on the best and most popular in local television Chinese drama production.

The annual Star Awards was screened live on Channel 8 on Sunday evening. Cop show “Metamorphosis” was named the Best Drama Serial.

The award for Best Supporting Actress went to May Phua for her role in “Mars vs Venus”, while Darren Lim was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Kinship”.

Lim was out of the country and a representative accepted the award on his behalf from Korean TV heartthrob Kim Jeong Hoon.

The Best Newcomer award went to Pornsak, who received his award from Taiwanese pop group, 5566.

Channel U’s news anchor Tung Soo Hua was named Best News and Current Affairs Presenter for the fourth time.

In the closely-watched Best Variety Show Host category, comedian Mark Lee pipped four other veterans to clinch the honour.

Yvonne Lim was crowned Best Actress for the first time for her performance in “Metamorphosis”, while Zheng Ge Ping was named Best Actor for his role in “Like Father, Like Daughter”.

This is also Zheng’s first win in this category.

The third series of “Say It If You Dare” won the Best Variety Programme award and last year’s Star Awards 2006 was the Best Variety Special.

MediaCorp celebrates 25 years of TV drama production this year and, for the first time, the Star Awards were handed out in two separate shows.

The 25th Drama Anniversary Show was held last Sunday, December 9.

Variety show host Sharon Au, who is studying in Japan on a MediaCorp scholarship, made a surprise appearance to co-host the second instalment of this year’s Star Awards with Guo Liang and Quan Yifeng.

– CNA/so

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This Is For My Ex-Wife

11 Dec

SINGAPORE: Huang Yiliang did it again – made another controversial speech involving former wife Lin Meijiao.

At Sunday night’s Star Awards, which were held at the St James Power Station for the first time, Yiliang won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in the drama Women of Times.

When he went on stage to accept the award, he said he wanted to give the award to Meijiao. In the same speech, he also thanked his current wife. It was a speech that raised eyebrows, not least due to the little-known fact that he has remarried.

In 2003, when he won the same award, Yiliang mentioned Meijiao in his thank-you speech, comparing her to a giraffe and saying her neck had grown from yearning for an award.

Meijiao was not present at Sunday night’s show.

Backstage, Yiliang lost his cool when quizzed him about the speech.

“Meijiao is more talented than me but she doesn’t have my luck,” he said. “I’ve always wanted her to win something so I’d like to give this award to her.”

He claimed he was simply voicing the wish of his daughter with Meijiao. He has been married for three years to Lily Liu.

“When I made that speech in 2003, I only had good intentions. I regret that it’s a joke that fell flat, I shouldn’t have made it.”

Visibly annoyed, he added: “Do you know how influential the media is? If you write bad stuff about me, that’s the end of me. Please spare me. I don’t have any bad intentions.”

Meanwhile, the Best Actor and Actress Awards were won by Li Nanxing and Ivy Lee, respectively, while Hong Huifang nabbed the Best Supporting Actress Award. Bryan Wong won Best Variety Show Host, while Kelvin Tan won Most Popular Newcomer.

The top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes were: Christopher Lee, Gurmit Singh, Tay Ping Hui, Vincent Ng, Edmund Chen, Qi Yuwu, Mark Lee, Kelvin Tan, Elvin Ng and Bryan Wong.

As for the women, the top 10 were Kym Ng, Huang Biren, Xiang Yun, Rui En, Michelle Chia, Jeanette Aw, Felicia Chin, Fiona Xie, Quan Yifeng and Jesseca Liu. – TODAY

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