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Raymond Lam and Janelle Sing play a couple in Hong Kong 3D horror flick 'Baby Blues' helmed by Leong Po-Chih.
A newlywed couple. An old house.
An abandoned doll. And the nightmare begins.
HONG Kong horror flick Baby Blues starts off with blogger Snowy (Janelle Sing) and songwriter Tao (Raymond Lam) getting married, and moving into an old house, where Snowy takes a liking to a doll left by the previous owner.
Soon, Snowy is pregnant with twins, which is unusual since neither Tao nor Snowy have a history of twins in their family. Then, a homeless man (Lo Hoi Pang) who lives at the end of their road issues a chilling warning – move out ... or else.
In an e-mail interview, director Leong Po-Chih expressed that he was hoping to make a horror movie that plays with the mind. “We bring the audience into the movie, make them feel like a part of it, then we make them feel the characters’ fears.
“Jimmy, the doll, was added into the movie to influence its mother’s mind and psychological state. Viewers would then, through the mother’s eyes, feel the shivers,” said Leong.
The British-born Hong Kong-based film director also shared his thoughts on his main cast for Baby Blues: “I’d hoped to have a fresh face for the leading actress, someone who is not known to the audience, as to draw attention to the emotional turmoil that she goes through. So, we picked newcomer Janelle Sing, who graduated from the Beijing Film Academy.
“As for Raymond Lam, he’s an excellent actor with plenty of experience, having played various roles, but he has never acted in any horror film. This ‘freshness’ matches Janelle’s inexperience. Their partnership obviously turned out well like I’d expected. Raymond and Janelle make a compatible on-screen couple.
“Karena Ng acts as Janelle’s sister. I’d wanted to have a stark contrast between the sisters, one gentle and the other tough. I’d asked that Karena be tough inside out, and she did extremely well.
Leong had actress Kate Tsui play a famous singer secretly in love with Lam. He got her to describe her ideal man and her description lined up to what he expected.
In separate e-mail interviews, Hong Kong TVB actors Lam and Tsui talked about their most memorable scene together in the movie – an underwater sequence.
Lam shared how they had been in the pool the entire day, trying out different angles. “We felt like our skin would peel off anytime. On top of that, Kate isn’t good with water; she can’t open her eyes in it, but she tried so hard.”
Tsui also described how Lam helped her through her toughest scene while filming the movie. “My biggest preparation was to hold my breath and open my eyes underwater. It feels extremely uncomfortable,” Tsui said.
“Thankfully Raymond was there to guide me on the set and we managed to complete the scene.”
In another email interview, Ng spoke of her biggest challenge in the movie – to film while riding a motorcycle.
“Riding her motorcycle is the only thing my character knows – it is as if her motorcycle is her only friend. Because of that, I had to keep riding. In the introductory sequence, I had to appear on a bike.
“Just that scene alone took us 20 shots, so I had to repeatedly ride back and forth around a bend. Riding a motorcycle takes up so much energy; I think I should work out more often,” Ng said.
> Baby Blues haunts local cinemas nationwide from Oct 31.
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