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Malaysian singer Jack Tan wins Best Actor prize in China.
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.
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.