Three to tango: Accidental triad leader Angel (Debbie Goh, seated) is flanked by ex-lovers Xie Da Xiang (Chen Han Wei, left) and Mavis (Steve Yap) in Bullets Over Petaling Street. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star
Bullets Over Petaling Street, which has commenced filming, promises to be an action-packed treat.
AS local Chinese cinema continues to boom, there seems to be no stopping the action coming to the big screens. Malaysians can look forward next to a Chinese New Year movie jointly-made with Juita Viden and Golden Screen Cinemas.
Titled Bullets Over Petaling Street, the movie conducted its lensing ceremony on location last week.
The action comedy also commenced filming last Monday and the shoot is estimated to take four weeks to complete.
The US$1mil (RM3.1mil) budget gangster action comedy is produced by Juita Entertainment, distributed by GSC Movies, and officially promoted by local Chinese radio station Star RFM 988.
Set in the bustling Kuala Lumpur enclave of Petaling Street, the movie revolves around modern-day triad communities and centres on Angel, a movie actress who stumbles upon a triad election and somehow ends up becoming the head of the Yi Qi triad with killers on her trail.
Bullets Over Petaling Street will be in Mandarin, with a sprinkling of Chinese dialects, and its Mandarin title is Ci Chang Jie Nv Wang (literally meaning the Queen of Petaling Street).
Beauty queen-turned-award-winning actress Debbie Goh, 34, holds down the film’s titular character.
She spoke of her role with much enthusiasm during the movie’s press conference.
“It’s like a fashion show for my character Angel. She has a dozen costume changes and never wears the same outfit twice.
“Plus the action is no easy task, as I’ve to perform some 360° spins in mid-air,” shared the two-time Golden Awards’ most popular actress.
Playing her former lovers in the movie are Johor-born Singapore-based actor Chen Han Wei, 43, and local actor-model Steve Yap, 41.
Based in Singapore for the past 25 years, four-time Star Awards best actor Chen commented that Petaling Street had changed a lot since his last visit.
“But, I’m glad that the popular iced longan lohan kuo drink is still there,” mused Chen, whose character in the movie Xie Da Xiang is the owner of Foo Tai Restaurant.
Yap, who portrays the former leader of Yi Qi triad named Mavis, is looking ahead to see the movie distributed in China, with the help of the movie’s Hong Kong/China producer.
“This movie features pairings that I love combined with the theatrical elements of stage musicals,” offered Yap, a familiar face in local Chinese productions.
Apart from Goh, Chen and Yap, other cast members include KK Wong, Ernest Chong, Berg Lee, Lim Ching Miau, Jamie Chu, and Freddie Wong. The action comedy also features Jeffrey Cheng, Cheryl Lee, and Singapore’s Irene Ang.
The locally-made feature-length film is co-directed by Hong Kong-born producer-auteur Sampson Yuen and theatre expert Ho Shih Phin who combine elements of film and theatre for a fresh take on local Chinese cinema.
“As you can tell from the title of the movie, Bullets Over Petaling Street, has lots of action in addition to copious amounts of comedy, romance and kinship which will please the Chinese New Year crowd,” said Yuen, whose previous movie Petaling Street Warriors won best non-Malay film at the 25th Film Festival Malaysia early this year.