Monday, July 22

Local director to produce ‘The Hunter’ in 3D

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READY TO ROLL: (from right) Tavani, Chen, Smyth, Amani, Rocky, Wong and Ong (behind Wong) posing for the press.

SIBU: Shooting of ‘The Hunter’, the much-anticipated first 3D film in South East Asia, begins tomorrow.

Director Bjarne Wong told a press conference yesterday that he would try to finish shooting within 45 days.

“This is the first 3D film in South East Asia because no one else has ever done a shooting using a 3D camera on the set before,” he enthused.

Wong said the RM6 million film, shooting of which would begin in Sibu, would showcase the beauty of Borneo in general.

“I shot in Kuching before but not in Sibu. I am from Sibu and it has been my dream to come back and shoot this town.”

Malaysian actress Carmen Soo and Chinese actor Rocky play the lead roles.

Other members of the cast include Malaysian model Isaac Ong, Malaysian actors Smyth Wong and Sharifah Amani, Miss World Malaysia first runner-up Cindy Chen, Taiwanese Tavani and local actors Aaron Alfar and Lai Jong Hai.

Wong said 90 per cent of the shooting would take place in Borneo and the remainder in Hong Kong.

Among the locations earmarked are Sibu, Kuching, Serian, Bau and Matang.

“I think through this film I will be able to bring a Malaysian film abroad. I plan to do that.”

He revealed that ‘The Hunter’ would be released sometime next year and would be shown in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and India.

Wong’s past masterpieces include ‘The Legend of the Red Curse’, ‘Possessed’, ‘Sayang You Can  Dance’ and ‘Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa’.