Upcoming movie Shining Love will feature a new mural in Penang

Shining Love actor Yuke Songpaisarn and actress Sun Yao Qi standing by the mural painted by Dr Caryn Koh (left). Photo: The Star/Lim Beng Tatt

Have you heard of the upcoming film Shining Love?

The romantic movie is currently being filmed in Penang and stars Thai heartthrob Yuke Songpaisarn and Chinese actress Sun Yao Qi. It follows the story of how a young man becomes enamoured with a woman after giving her a ride on his old bicycle. To woo her, the man paints a mural of the two of them together on the bicycle...

Shining Love is produced by Beijing Fengren Studios Co Ltd, a company from China and is directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Shi Lei. The movie is set for a worldwide release, stated The Star Online, although a release date has yet to be confirmed.

Recently, the producers commissioned Dr Caryn Koh from Kuala Lumpur, to paint the mural. Dr Koh is not just a medical doctor but also an accomplished artist. Apart from that, she is also the "face" of a giant mural in Penang that was painted by Canadian street artist Emmanuel Jarus last year.

Koh completed the mural for Shining Love on July 10 after working on it for five days. The movie scene in which the mural – located at Lebuh Keng Kwee near the popular Penang Road Teochew Cendol stall – appears has already been shot.

The Star Online reported that Dr Koh’s manager, Tan Chor Whye, said the mural was an 11th hour addition by the producers.

“The original script used a tall picture of something else. But when the movie makers saw how much people loved the Children On Bicycle mural, they went with the flow,” Tan was quoted as saying.

Tan also mentioned a slight problem. “The movie producers did not have enough time to get the necessary approval from the state’s public art review panel to have their mural prop painted,” he said, adding that the producers felt bad as they committed to the change in the script without knowing that the panel’s approval was needed.

“We submitted all the necessary documents and will abide by the panel’s decision. If the mural is deemed unsuitable, we will have it erased. But I hope not,” he said in The Star Online article.

George Town World Heritage Incorporated manager Chuah Ai Kheng confirmed that the producer has submitted all the relevant documents and that the panel would make a decision within two weeks.


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