Will Cantonese spy movie Call Me Agent see the birth of a Malaysian James Bond? Now being filmed in Malaysia and Hong Kong, the movie is a joint production between Hong Kong’s Dramovie Group Limited and Malaysia’s Evo Pictures, with coordination by Teleview Sdn. Bhd.
Call Me Agent is co-directed by Hong Kong director Eric Lam (Final Project), who wrote the screenplay, and Malaysian director Michael Chuah (Special Forces), who also serves as producer.
The 90-minute Cantonese flick revolves around the musings of a young woman, Miu Ling, who dreams of becoming a secret agent. One day she rescues an injured Agent Wing, who promises to make her his apprentice. From then on, her life is a rollercoaster of madcap adventures.
Cantopop singer Poyiu Wong (of the Hong Kong girl group Staries) nabbed the starring role as Miu Ling, who imagines herself a secret agent to escape her humdrum existence. Hong Kong actor Vincent Luk (Final Project) plays Agent Wing, who has seen better days and yearns for an ordinary life.
Malaysian singer Belle Lee has been cast as Agent Janli, Agent Wing’s love interest who longs to escape her complicated life. Ipoh-born Hong Kong-based actress Mimi Chu (A House Of Happiness) plays Miu Ling’s mother, who worked tirelessly to raise her family after the sudden death of her husband.
Veteran Hong Kong actor Gabriel Wong Yat San (To Love Or Not To Love) plays the main antagonist, the head honcho of a crime syndicate.
The movie started principal photography in Malaysia on Mar 15 and will be on location in Hong Kong this month. The young actors went through basic training in Hong Kong before getting more intense training for the action scenes under director-producer Chuah.
“The action scenes are mostly gunfights with firearms like pistols and rifles and some hand-to-hand combat scenes. We hope to make it more realistic, so we decided to minimise the use of wirework,” Chuah said in an interview.
“Most of my films are set in Malaysia and we seldom get the chance to see Hong Kong and Malaysian directors work together. Previously, I worked on films with Singapore (Firefly) and China (Fist Of Dragon). This is the first time I'm working with someone from Hong Kong, so it's something new for me as well,” Chuah shared.
He said they were showcasing Malaysia as a metropolitan location, so they planned the filming around the Klang Valley, with scenes around Putrajaya, Port Klang and other picturesque KL city locations.
Director-screenwriter Lam said the character of Miu Ling aspires to be a special agent because she wishes she wasn’t quite so ordinary.
“In reality, she is a very average person, a girl who has just graduated with no special skills, unlike some of her more capable peers with better results. Because of her love of movies, she thinks it looks cool to be a spy, so she continually dreams of becoming a special agent,” he said.
Lam revealed that Call Me Agent was partly inspired by his childhood dreams, except he didn't want to be a special agent.
“When I graduated, I wanted to be director. It wasn't an easy thing to do as I did not have the experience, the finances or the connections to realise that dream.,” he said. “So while writing the script, I retraced my steps and recalled the milestones that led me to filmmaking and Call Me Agent, my second movie.”
Call Me Agent is scheduled for release at the end of 2018.
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