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Filmart: mm2 slate includes new Jack Neo action comedy 'Killer Not Stupid' (exclusive)

Project is Neo’s first film set outside Singapore and Malaysia.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment presents an extended slate of 24 regional films at Filmart, including a trio of new titles co-produced with Turner Asia Pacific.

Taking the spotlight is Killer Not Stupid, Jack Neo’s first film set outside Singapore and Malaysia. Filming began last week in Taiwan’s Taichung City, which is the main location of the action comedy starring popular Taiwanese actors Jay Shih and Amber An. Neo is Singapore’s most commercially successful director, well known for his I Not Stupid and Ah Boys To Men franchises.
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Singapore’s Jack Neo Sets ‘Killer’ in Taiwan

Singapore’s Jack Neo Sets ‘Killer’ in Taiwan
Jack Neo, far and away Singapore’s most commercially successful film director, is to shoot his upcoming “Killer Not Stupid” in Taiwan. The action comedy is backed by Turner Asia Pacific and the MM2 Asia mini studio.

Killer Not Stupid tells the story of two men who decide to end their careers as assassins with a final mission. Along the way, they meet an old classmate a Filipino drug lord daughter and others en route to Taichung, Taiwan.

The cast is headed by Jay Shih and Amber An, in their first on-screen collaboration. Others include Lin Nadou Lin Mei-hsiu, Xin Long, Hong Kong’s Apple Chan, and Malaysia’s Gadrick Chin. Working from a script by Neo, the movie will commence filming in Taichung in mid-March and is expected to wrap in end April 2018.

“Killer Not Stupid” is presented by mm2 Entertainment, and Neo’s J Team Productions, in association with Turner Asia Pacific,
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Atf: Jack Neo’s ‘Liang Xi Mei’ Heads MM2’s 2018 Slate

Prolific Southeast Asian production company, MM2 Entertainment has revealed several titles that will be part of its 2018 slate. The company’s chief executive Chang Long Jong announced the titles along with several of the talents involved at Singapore’s Asia TV Forum on Wednesday.

Headlining the slate is “Liang Xi Mei,” starring, co-written and directed by local superstar Jack Neo that will release in the 2018 Chinese New Year Holiday frame. Neo’s “Ah Boys To Men 4” is currently enjoying a successful theatrical run, and there are plans were to shoot and release the next part over the 2018 Cny holiday frame. Neo’s decision to take a temporary hiatus from the franchise resulted in a gap in the holiday release calendar that “Liang Xi Mei” will plug. Liang Xi Mei, as played by Jack Neo in drag, is a hugely popular Singaporean comedy character that used to appear on the Comedy Night variety show.

Another iconic
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Language and Censorship Stir Singapore Filmmakers

The title of the panel discussion at the Singapore International Film Festival on Saturday was innocuous enough – Singapore cinema: Then and Now – but the filmmaker panelists chose to speak about subjects close to their hearts, especially the use of the Hokkien dialect of the Chinese language and censorship.

The panelists included Ghazi Alqudcy, whose debut feature “Temporary Visa,” shot entirely in Bosnia Herzegovina is currently in post; Wesley Leon Aroozoo whose first feature documentary “I Want To Go Home” premiered at Busan and is also playing at Sgiff; and filmmaking couple Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen, who are now based in Taiwan.

“Money No Enough” (1998), written by and starring Singaporean superstar Jack Neo was a seminal film for these filmmakers. “Money No Enough” was a game changer in terms of language and representation,” said Woo. For the first time, audiences, including the filmmaker panelists could hear Hokkien and Singlish on screen. “It was mind blowing.
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Singapore’s Cinematic Ship Sails On Familiar Course

Singapore’s Cinematic Ship Sails On Familiar Course
After a stellar 2016, when two Singaporean films had their world premiere in Cannes, Boo Junfeng’s “Apprentice” and K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird,” 2017 has been a strong follow-up year.

The year kicked off with confirmation that Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye” had been selected to premiere at Sundance in the World Cinema – Dramatic segment. There it was nominated for the Grand Jury prize and took home the Screenwriting Award. It went on to win the Big Screen Award at Rotterdam and the Golden Eye prize at Zurich.

The film also secured U.S. distribution via Kino Lorber and in addition had a commercial release at home in Singapore. Unsurprisingly, “Pop Aye” was chosen as Singapore’s entry for the Oscar foreign-language category.

Tan is delighted with the relative gender parity in Singapore. “Singapore is attuned to the fact that girls should be able to do what they want,” says Tan. “But yes, female
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Filmart: Singapore-based mm2 launches busy slate

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Filmart: Singapore-based mm2 launches busy slate
Titles include fourth entry in popular local franchise Ah Boys To Men and horror comedy Vampire Cleanup Department.

Singapore-based mm2 Entertainment has unveiled its new slate of titles, including Jack Neo’s Ah Boys To Men 4 and eight other titles with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia, all scheduled for release in 2017.

The fourth instalment of the Ah Boys To Men series is about Singapore army recruits who have to juggle between work and their reservist duties. The series is Singapore’s most successful franchise with a combined local box office of more than S$22m from the first three films.

mm2’s slate also includes two Taiwan-set titles, Hsieh Chun Yi’s romantic drama Take Me To The Moon, starring Vivian Sung, and youth comedy Turn Around by DoP-turned-director Chen Tapu; two horror films, Jeffrey Chiang’s Buyer Beware and Ghost’s Net by Hong Kong directors Wong Kwok Keung, Wong Kwok Fai and [link
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Singapore Festival Director Yuni Hadi: ‘Films Tell Us Who We Are’

Singapore Festival Director Yuni Hadi: ‘Films Tell Us Who We Are’
Yuni Hadi, the Sgiff’s executive director, shares her annual perspective on South East Asian regional cinema and where the revived festival fits in.

How has the festival changed or evolved since last year?

Anyone running a film festival will agree it’s a challenging job to not only be at the forefront of film selection, but also in terms of organizational structuring and staying relevant. Since our return in 2014, we’ve been committed to building a strong foundation as an organization and playing that role in bringing together that film community Southeast Asia.

We have a stronger slate of talks and masterclasses this year with the introduction of Sg Originals that is focused on the development of Singapore films where we hosting Actors Unscripted with Jack Neo, a VR360 for Singapore short films, a discussion on developing screenplays in Singapore and a talk on with our local sound designers.
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Singapore's mm2 unveils trio of new titles

Singapore's mm2 unveils trio of new titles
Singapore-based mm2 Entertainment has three new titles by up-and-coming directors on its slate, as part of its initiative to nurture new talents.

Take 2, a co-production with Jack Neo’s J Team Productions, is about a bittersweet drama about ex-offenders.

It will be directed by writer-turned-director Ivan Ho, whose writing credits include Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen and Long Long Time Ago, both of which directed by Neo.

Ibu is a horror based on the folklore of the Pontianak, the most iconic female vampire in South East Asia.

M Rihan Halim will direct the new film, which will be made simultaneously in both Malay- and Mandarin-language to cater to different markets.

Ghost Net is a Hong Kong-set omnibus horror story by Wong Kwok Fai, Patrick Yau and Wong Kwok Keung.

mm2 Entertainment is a subsidiary of mm2 Asia, a publicly listed company in Singapore.

Long Long Time Ago [pictured], the latest co-production between mm2 Entertainment and J Team
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Singapore's Encore moves into production with 'Young & Fabulous'

Exclusive: Singapore distributor Encore Films is making its first foray into production with the debut of Young & Fabulous at Hong Kong Filmart.

Billed as Singapore’s first cosplay film, the $1.5m feature is a coming-of-age story about a group of teenage friends. The cast is headed by Joshua Tan of Ah Boys To Men fame and YouTube star and singer Joyce Chu in her acting debut.

It is directed by veteran TV producer and director Michael Woo, who previously co-directed One More Chance with Jack Neo. The original score is composed by Taiwan’s JerryC, known for his hit theme song for Taiwan blockbuster Our Times.

Young & Fabulous is mainly financed by Encore and also backed by Golden Village Pictures, Singapore Film Commission and Simf Management. Singapore release is set for May 26.

Encore started off as a distributor in Singapore 13 years ago and has since expanded its distribution business to countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong
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Atf: mm2 Strikes Deals With Hitmaker Jack Neo, Fox Int’l Channels

Atf: mm2 Strikes Deals With Hitmaker Jack Neo, Fox Int’l Channels
Singapore – Singapore-based production house mm2 Entertainment revealed multiple projects at the ongoing Asia TV Forum & Market.

In association with local superstar Jack Neo’s JTeam productions, the company will co-produce the fourth instalment of the popular “Ah Boys To Men” franchise.

The movies look at different disciplines within Singapore’s National Service, a compulsory two-year full time military service for citizens and permanent residents. Neo said that his team hasn’t decided which discipline the fourth film would tackle and that permits take time because of the checks involved due to the franchise’s military theme.

Neo said that the film would cast newcomers. “It is good to get more new faces. It is good for the industry,” he said.

The plan is to release the film in 2017, timed to coincide with the National Service’s 50th anniversary.

Also due in 2017 is another JTeam-mm2 collaboration set for the Chinese New Year holiday frame.
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Oscar Foreign-Language Contenders Jostle for Academy’s Attention

While the number of countries sending films for the foreign-language race has dropped to 81 from last year’s record of 83, there are still plenty of goodies to choose from. Most films are from returning nations, only Peru is a newcomer, and there are a few returning helmers, too. But there are also 27 debut directors with a goodly number of women in the group.

Afghanistan

Utopia

Director: Hassan Nazer

Production company: Afghanfilm

Albania

Bota

Directors: Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci

Production company: Partner Media Investment

Algeria

“Twilight of Shadows”

Director: Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina

Argentina

“The Clan”

Director: Pablo Trapero

U.S. distrib: 20th Century Fox

Australia

“Arrows of the Thunder Dragon”

Director: Greg Sneddon

Intl. sales: Wide Management

Austria

Goodnight Mommy

Directors: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

U.S. distrib: Radius/TWC

Bangladesh

“Jalal’s Story”

Director:

Abu Shahed Emon

Production company: Impress Tele Films

Belgium

“The Brand New Testament”

Director: Jaco Van Dormael

Intl.
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Oscars: 81 titles confirmed for Best Foreign-Language Film

Oscars: 81 titles confirmed for Best Foreign-Language Film
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Paraguay is the only first-time entrant.

The figure is down on last year, when a record 83 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Polish feature Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 14, 2016.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb 28, 2016, televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan Utopia, Hassan Nazer

Albania Bota, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci

Algeria Twilight of Shadows, Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina

Argentina The Clan, Pablo Trapero

Australia Arrows of the Thunder, Dragon Greg Sneddon

Austria Goodnight Mommy, Veronika Franz, [link
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Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar

Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar, among them Felix and Meira, Under Milk Wood, Labyrinth of Lies and Sunstroke (click through for full list).

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Paraguay is the only first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director.

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors.

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director.

Argentina: “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director.

Australia: “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director.

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho
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Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar

Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar, among them Felix and Meira, Under Milk Wood, Labyrinth of Lies and Sunstroke (click through for full list).

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Paraguay is the only first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director.

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors.

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director.

Argentina: “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director.

Australia: “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director.

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho
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Oz film vies for foreign language Oscar

Writer-director-producer Greg Sneddon.s Bhutan-set drama Arrows of the Thunder Dragon is Australia.s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar.

Set in the 1970s, the story follows brother and sister Kuenphen and Jamyang who live in a remote Bhutanese village where they learn traditional archery from their old warrior grandfather.

Their mother's sudden sickness gives Kuenphen the opportunity to explore the world outside the village while Jamyang must stay home to weave, cook and get married- a fate she is not willing to accept without a fight.

The self-financed film was shot on location in the Himalayan mountains with a cast of local highland village people and a Bhutanese crew including DoP Leki Dorji, none of whom had worked on a feature. Jill Bilock is the editor.

"I'm thrilled to bits," Sneddon tell If. A former Buddhist monk, he got the idea for the film while on a pilgrimage to the country.
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81 Countries In Competition In Foreign Language Film Category For 88th Academy Awards

Son Of Saul

The Academy has announced that eighty-one countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Oscars.

The Holocaust drama, Son Of Saul, won the Grand Prix at Cannes in May.

Paraguay is a first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director;

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors;

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director;

Argentina, “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Australia, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director;

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho Kulikar, director;

Canada, “Félix and Meira,” Maxime Giroux, director;

Chile, “The Club,” Pablo Larraín, director;

China,
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81 Countries Vie for Foreign-Language Oscar

81 Countries Vie for Foreign-Language Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 88th Academy Awards. Paraguay is a first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director;

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors;

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director;

Argentina, “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Australia, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director;

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho Kulikar, director;

Canada, “Félix and Meira,” Maxime Giroux, director;

Chile, “The Club,” Pablo Larraín, director;

China, “Go Away Mr. Tumor,” Han Yan, director;

Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra,
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‘7 Letters’ Helps Celebrate Singapore’s 50th Anniversary

‘7 Letters’ Helps Celebrate Singapore’s 50th Anniversary
A year ago, news that seven Singaporean directors were to collaborate on “7 Letters,” an omnibus film celebrating a half century of independence for the island nation, was met with incredulity, and not a little skepticism from filmmakers and the public alike.

“Everyone was expecting it to be a very rah-rah National Day Parade-type film,” says Tan Pin Pin, one of the seven directors invited to contribute to “7 Letters.” “I was shocked at how introspective it ended up being, how all of us grappled with what it means to be separate, what it means to be together.”

Indeed, the film, made with the support of Singapore’s Media Development Authority, has proven a surprise domestic hit. The premiere in July was scheduled to be followed by a short, three-day screening at the historic and recently refurbished Capitol Theatre.

When tickets were snapped up within three hours of their release, authorities immediately organized additional screenings,
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Film Review: ‘7 Letters’

Film Review: ‘7 Letters’
You can’t be homesick unless you’re away from home. An anthology of shorts made by seven internationally known Singaporean helmers in response to the Lion City’s Golden Jubilee, “7 Letters” explores national identity and the concept of home, often from the vantage point of an outsider. Far from being flag-waving government mouthpieces, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Royston Tan, K. Rajogopal, Tan Pin Pin, Kelvin Tong and Boo Junfeng reveal facets of their society through voices that are by turns argumentative, contemplative, passionate and ironic. The highly cinematic project has garnered excellent reviews and should have long festival legs.

Supported by the Singapore Film Commission and produced by Royston Tan, the picture finds almost all its contributors celebrating their society’s multilingual, multi-ethnic fabric, but they are also uniformly nostalgic about disappearing traditions, landmarks and community values. An out-of-service train station, an old Malay song, a campy horror film,
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Singapore Celebrates 50 Years of Filmmaking as Biz Builds on Local Talent

Even if 2015 is tinged by the recent death of the country’s founder and former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore will put on a happy face for its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year. Events, programs and initiatives are included under the “SG50” branding, and there will also be anniversary-themed movies and TV shows, a second edition of the Singapore Media Festival and a student film in Cannes’ Cinefondation Atelier: Kirsten Tan’s “Popeye.”

“This is a special year for Singapore as we mark 50 years of independence,” says Angeline Poh, assistant chief executive officer (industry group) at Singapore’s Media Development Authority. “We are also pleased that Kirsten Tan’s ‘Popeye’ was nominated at the Cinefondation Atelier, as she is one of Singapore’s rising filmmaking talents.

She follows in the footsteps of other Singaporean filmmakers like Anthony Chen, Eric Khoo and Boo Junfeng, who have all made their
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