WON­DER­FUL ‘CURSE’

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

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

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.

PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN

In ‘The Sleep Curse’, Jojo Goh plays Monique, a men­tally-ill woman.

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