Recently, Taiwanese rocker Wu Bai suddenly announced is participation in a Malaysian film production, much to the joy of his Malaysian fans.
The film is Ho Yuhang’s upcoming actioner Mrs K, which will also star veteran Hong Kong actress Kara Hui, who shot back to big-screen fame after an award-winning performance in Ho’s At the End of Daybreak (心魔, 2009).
A synopsis of Mrs K can be found here. Described as a “modern western without cowboys or horses,” the film is about a housewife with a 14-year-old daughter, who is visited by a stranger one day, after which her sordid past is uncovered and she is hunted down by unknown parties.
Shooting will begin soon, but the entire production is kept under wraps. Rumour has it that other well-known international stars will also be in the film. And if you’ve been paying attention, you’d know that some of them had dropped clues in recent TV interviews.
But I’m keeping mum for now.
In this badly translated article, Wu reveals that he will be playing Hui’s husband. It’s been 15 years since he last appeared in a movie, namely Tsui Hark’s Time and Tide (顺流逆流, 2000). He had since turned down many movie offers, but was impressed enough by Ho’s script to get on board.
From the sound of it, guy’s pretty excited.
Ho created a huge buzz recently when he won the Financial Times/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Award in New York, for his short film Trespassed. I had seen a rough cut of the film before it went into competition, and it’s a truly haunting story with a strong supernatural aura, shot in beautiful black-and-white. He is the most internationally-awarded Malaysian filmmaker (his first award was the Special Jury Prize at the Nantes Three Continents Festival back in 2003, for his first feature film, Min), but he doesn’t seem to be given the prominence he deserves.