Rising Taiwanese star Mo Tzu Yi is heading the cast of Singaporean director Wee Li Lin’s (pictured) romantic comedy Forever, which started shooting in Singapore this week.
Mo‘s latest film, Snowfall In Taipei, recently premiered in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival, while A Place of One’s Own, a Taiwanese production directed by Lou Yi-an, won three awards at the Taipei Film Festival in July.
Backed by the Singapore Film Commission (SFC), Forever revolves around a seemingly talented wedding video consultant who turns out to be a pathological stalker.
“I was commissioned to do a video on romance a few years ago, but the client who was intelligent, attractive and successful, turned out to be anti-romance after her ex-fiance jilted her,” says Wee.
Wee then became interested in developing a character who promotes weddings through videos, but then begins to stalk the man who doesn’t love her back. Rounding out the cast are Singapore’s award-winning theatre actress Joanna Dong and newcomer Sarah Ng.
Forever was awarded funding from the SFC’s New Feature Film Fund last year. Other backers include Wee’s production company Bobbing Buoy Films and Singapore post-production house Iceberg Design.
Former Screen International South East Asia correspondent Silvia Wong co-wrote and is producing the project, in addition to handling international sales. Golden Village has Singapore theatrical distribution rights and is expected to release the film in the second half of 2010.
Wee’s feature debut Gone Shopping was in competition for the Asian New Talent Awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2008.