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Allan Wu
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A Giant "Leap" Ahead for Singapore Cinema

Tomorrow marks a new era for feature films in Singapore because tomorrow is the premiere of Singapore's first English-based full feature film called The Leap Years.  The movie stars the beautiful actress Li Lin Wong as the central character Li An who meets the man of her dreams on February 29, and then the two promise to meet every leap year.  This "man of her dreams" is Thai actor Ananda Everingham.  And along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, Singapore embarks on a new journey into the world of cinema. 

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the gala premiere for the movie.  All the main actors were invited to come on stage and say a few words.

Especially since my cameo role lasts no more than a few seconds, I'm sure some fans were wondering why I was even on stage...

...and I could only respond by laughing and saying, "It helps when I know the lead actress of the flick very well." 

I must confess a lot of us really had no idea what to expect for this film.  One of the reasons for this is simply the fact that this movie was shot and completed more than three years ago.  And after waiting in "real time" for a bonafide Leap Year to come our way, this movie will finally be released. 

Now, when I say this project was truly a "labor of love," I really mean it.  Li Lin really poured her heart and soul (and tears) into this film, and she shines as Li An holding the film together.  Sure, there are "holes" and missteps that accompany a first-time Singaporean English-based film by a first-time movie director, but I am really proud of Li Lin and the rest of the cast for making this  giant first step in guiding Singapore in a new direction with a movie that opens up the imagination and possibility of producing feature films that can be commercially marketed and distributed beyond the shores of Singapore....films that do not revert back to the localized "tried and true" formula of heartlander-based Ah Beng themes that cater to a limited sector. 

I would never go as far as to declare the The Leap Years as the best love story ever adapted and produced, but I do feel it represents a bright beginning and new hope for Singapore cinema.  And for that reason alone, I encourage one and all to take the time to watch this movie so that this will truly be the beginning of a bright and viable future for Singapore filmmaking extending outside the realms of this country.

Since I've already seen the movie, I'm off to Kuala Lumpur to attend the opening of the new flagship store and fashion show for Salvatore Ferragamo.  I'll catch you later...and don't forget to tell me what you think of The Leap Years after you've seen it!

over 12 years ago 0 likes  22 comments  0 shares
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Well now I want to see it! Haha, love how you're sporting the hat ;)
over 12 years ago
Mark moran in spokane 920x920
nice hat! Thanks for the head's up about the film. If I see it around I'll be sure to check it out.
over 12 years ago
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No matter how it goes, fans of Li Lin supports her. I am a fan of Dr Catherine Lim too so this is a must watch for me.
over 12 years ago
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how do i get a copy, dude?!
over 12 years ago
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cool pics ~ thanks for sharing! =]
over 12 years ago
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awesome hat! thanks for wearing it!
over 12 years ago
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as long as the dialogue is proof read by a native speaker, i'll be happy, this is my biggest complaint of English language scenes in asian movies! but i understand what you mean, even w/ flawed pictures, you still gotta appreciate the work people put in and the first steps into new territory that they're trying to make...
over 12 years ago
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If I ever see you on the streets with that cap... I'm grabbing it away...! Maybe they should next write a movie on how that darn JI leader escaped from detention yesterday... ;o( Yeah! For The Leap Years! I'm going over the weekend!
over 12 years ago
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ima gonna catch it tmr! =)
over 12 years ago
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http://www.mediacorpraintree.com/TLY/ Here's the website for the movie which Mr. Wu didn't link up...
over 12 years ago
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erm....i wanna go n bought dvd of this movie...ananda i meet him while i training at station..super duper handsome and nice people
over 12 years ago
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seems like everyone in singapore is talking about this show...
over 12 years ago
Redgate profile
Ok, forgive me if I'm seein' things, but one of the male leads looks like an Asian Orlando Bloom... compliment in my book at least. Looks interesting, hope they'll release with subs!
over 12 years ago
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my friend has seen it, cant stop talking about it too. maybe i'll catch it some time. happy leap day by the way. =P
over 12 years ago
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hihi have watched this movie on sun. I agreed with Allan that this may not be the best but it is a great start for Singapore English movies. Esp when the Chinese movies is getting too "commercial" & "themeless" .
over 12 years ago
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to be honest, the plot was fine, but the acting was great :) all in all, it was a good leap hehe btw, melly, the lead actor is ananda everingham
over 12 years ago
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i wanna watch this movie =D is Ananda be actor in this mov.? i cant see it = = '' He's from Thai . same as me :D woww ~ ! take care XD *
over 12 years ago
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lol @ Melly, Ananda does look like an Asian Orlando Bloom!
over 12 years ago
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Ananda really look like asian Orlando Bloom....all of my fren also talk about it when c those pictures.....he not only in good looking but also good in acting...his previous movie "me myself" another good love story act by him....
over 12 years ago
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I was in Singapore this past weekend and just happened to catch the movie there after hearing about it on tv. I agree that there are some "holes" in the movie and it may not be the best made, but I appreciate the effort put into this and there were definitely moments/scenes that I thought were really clever. Also enjoyed watching Ananda, who I agree looks like an Asian Orlando Bloom. :) Sorry for not noticing, but which part of the movie did you appear in? What was your character?
over 12 years ago
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I finally got my chance to see this movie... and I loved it, loved it, loved it... endearing, heartwarming, touching, sweet... this movie really tugs at the heartstrings, doesn't it? And on so many levels. I think the casting was just great too... I don't think there's anyone else who can play the lead role in this movie like Wong Li-Lin... so kudos to her for a job well done! So proud that this movie is as Singaporean as it can get... and loved the soundtrack by my "xue jie" Corrinne May... will definitely go buy this movie on DVD! :-)
about 12 years ago
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Ananda so cute
almost 12 years ago

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