Spread the fes­tive cheer with #Ter­i­maKasih

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

DI­REC­TOR Ho Yuhang had only one ques­tion in mind when he got the brief from TV3 for its lat­est Hari Raya ad­ver­tise­ment – the story had to go with TV3’s Hari Raya cam­paign, which cen­tres on the theme #Ter­i­maKasih.

“How do you con­vey some­thing mean­ing­ful from some­thing that sounds de­cep­tively sim­ple? So, I de­cided to go with a story that is close to my heart, rather than try to cook up some tragic story,” Ho said dur­ing an in­ter­view in Kuala Lumpur.

The re­sult is a heart­warm­ing four-minute video fo­cus­ing on a sin­gle mother work­ing two jobs to raise her young chil­dren. It’s a story with el­e­ments of hu­mour and joy to counter what could have been a sad fam­ily story about aban­don­ment. Even Ho him­self was sur­prised by the re­sult.

“It’s prob­a­bly the only gen­tle com­mer­cial that I’ve ever done. I must say it’s quite re­fresh­ing. My pre­vi­ous works tend to be more odd­ball or strange,” the di­rec­tor said.

Ho de­scribed the fun shoot as an or­ganic process: “I got a very good cast.

Once I found the mother and the kids,

I shaped the ma­te­rial around them. It’s what I do with peo­ple that I like.”

In other news, Ho’s lat­est film Mrs K is set for na­tion­wide re­lease in Septem­ber. The film which fea­tures Hong Kong stars Kara Hui, Si­mon Yam, Tai­wanese rocker Wu Bai and Malaysian ac­tor Faizal Hus­sein has passed cen­sor­ship board screen­ing with no cuts. “It’s go­ing to be re­leased in Septem­ber for sure. Fi­nas has given us the date. We just have to make some mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the sub­chang­ing ti­tles by some of the swear words. It’s no big deal.”

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#Ter­i­maKasih fea­tures a story about a woman keep­ing her fam­ily to­gether af­ter her hus­band leaves.

— HO YUHANG

Ho shapes the story for #Ter­i­maKasih around his af­fa­ble cast.

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