Brand new tal­ent

Malaysian singer Jack Tan wins Best Ac­tor prize in China.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

MALAYSIAN ac­tor-singer Jack Tan won the Best Ac­tor award at the 20th Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s Asian New Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion held in China re­cently.

The 26-year-old won for his role in Shut­tle Life, in which he plays an im­pov­er­ished young man who has to look after his men­tally un­sta­ble mother (por­trayed by Tai­wanese ac­tress-di­rec­tor Sylvia Chang), while strug­gling to re­cover the body of his five-year-old sis­ter who has been killed in a car ac­ci­dent.

Apart from act­ing, Tan is also an ac­tive singer as he’s part of the Malaysian pop duo Thomas Jack.

After the win, Tan wrote on Thomas Jack’s Face­book fan­page: “Re­ally very happy. Wish to share the joy with ev­ery­body.”

Shut­tle Life, which was filmed in Malaysia last year, also won the awards for Best Film and Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy (for Taiwan’s Chen Ko-chin).

The movie was helmed by a new Malaysian au­teur Tan Seng Kiat, who was also nom­i­nated for the Best Di­rec­tor prize which even­tu­ally went to Takumi Sa­toh for the Ja­panese movie Blank 13.

Pro­duced by Ong Lay Jin and Roland Lee, of Malaysian pro­duc­tion stu­dio More En­ter­tain­ment, the script for Shut­tle Life showed prom­ise when it was named the grand prize win­ner at the 2014 Golden Horse Film Project Pro­mo­tion in Taiwan, an award which in­cluded a cash grant of TW$1mil (RM120,500).

Jack Tan will next star in the Malaysian ac­tion-drama ti­tled Brother.

— TJ Thomas Jack Face­book fan­page

Malaysian ac­tor-singer Tan wins best ac­tor at the 20th Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s Asian New Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion for his role in Shut­tle Life.

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