Fox to co-produce Singaporean films

Writer: Florey DM

A scene from Jack Neo's "The Lion Men".

21 Jan – Fox International Channels' (FIC) Star Chinese Movies channel will be given first run and exclusive pay-TV rights in several Singaporean territories, as FIC will be co-producing four feature films that are being produced by Singapore's very own mm2 Entertainment.

Two of the four films will be directed by one of Singapore's most commercially successful directors, Jack Neo, while another two will be helmed by Royston Tan and Randy Ang, Variety reports.

The first of the Jack Neo films is "Ah Boys To Men: Frogmen", which tells the story of a group of navy boys known as the frogmen. It is a spin-off of Neo's 2012 and 2013 "Ah Boys to Men" films.

The second film, "Long Long Time Ago", is about a boy born with a congenital disease and is set during the time of Singapore's independence.

Royston Tan's "3688" will be his first film since his 2008's "12 Lotus". It follows the life of a traffic warden, in between jobs, who has decided to enter a national song competition.

Randy Ang (black shirt) discussing a scene with Lim Kay Tong (centre) [Photo credit: BLUE3 PICTURES AND MM2 ENT].

"1965", helmed by "re: solve" director Randy Ang, commemorates Singapore's 50 years of independence. It features veteran actor Lim Kay Tong as Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

"We believe Singaporean produced films have the potential to reach audiences beyond its shores," Cora Yim, FIC's senior VP of Chinese entertainment and territory head of Hong Kong, said in a statement. "FIC is pleased to lend its resources to give Singaporean produced films the wider reach they deserve."

"Ah Boys To Men: Frogmen" is slated for release on 19 February 2015 while "Long Long Time Ago" will be released in November. "3688" is set to hit the cinemas in June and "1965" in August.

Cinema Online, 21 January 2015

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