It’s a dream come true for actress Jojo Goh who gets to co-star with veteran Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong. LOONG WAI TING has the story
STILL in seventh heaven, actress Jojo Goh reels with excitement when recounting her screen time with her favourite Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong in the upcoming thriller, The Sleep Curse.
The recipient of Most Promising Actress award at the 25th Malaysian Film Festival said she never thought she would one day star with the respected actor, best known for his roles in the 1992 action film Hard Boiled, the 2002 critically acclaimed Infernal Affairs, and as General Yang in the 2008 Hollywood film The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor.
“Contrary to popular belief that Wong isn’t an easy actor to work with, I enjoyed working with him. Known for his outspoken and no-nonsense personality, I admire him for being a perfectionist and sticking to his principles,” said the 34-year-old artiste, who plays Monique, a mentally-ill woman in The Sleep Curse.
Set during the Japanese occupation in Hong Kong, the film is centred on a young translator, who is cursed by a murdered “comfort woman”.
Years later, the restless spirit of the murdered woman returns to haunt the translator’s family.
Helmed by Hong Kong director Herman Yau, The Sleep Curse was partly filmed in Penang and Singapore.
As the 29 Februari actress later found out, Wong was a true gentleman and extremely nice to his co-stars.
“We could talk just about anything. Thankfully, we clicked and became friends easily.
“He even shared some acting tips with me,” said Goh, who had always admired Wong’s professionalism.
On how she landed a role in The Sleep Curse, she said, credit should go to Hong Kong actor Chapman To who recommended her to Yau.
“Yau was keen to meet me and we met in Hong Kong where he interviewed me and offered me a spot in the film,” said Goh, a former Miss Astro Chinese International 2006 second runner-up.
The film, also starring Gordon Lam Ka-tung, Bryant Mak and Michelle Wai, has yet to receive an official date for release here.
Meanwhile, Goh is nominated for several categories at the ntv7 Golden Awards 2017, with two nominations (for Terms of Endearment and Persona) in Best Actress category.
She is also nominated for Best Theme Song (Pianissimo) and Best Infotainment Programme Host (Listen To The World 2).
First introduced in 2010, the ntv7 Golden Awards has been the platform to recognise and honour outstanding efforts of the best local talents who have contributed passionately in the Chinese Malaysian TV entertainment industry.
The awards ceremony is set to take place at Setia City Convention Centre Hall 1 and 2 in Shah Alam, Selangor, on May 20 at 8.30pm.
In ‘The Sleep Curse’, Jojo Goh plays Monique, a mentally-ill woman.