Following the success of last year’s Chinese New Year comedy A Journey Of Happiness, about a Hong Kong family bonding via a road trip to Malaysia, the film’s producers are back with another rib-tickling movie – this time it is a Malaysian-Thai cross-cultural caper titled A Moment Of Happiness.
The press conference for A Moment Of Happiness was held on Monday and attended by director Tai Min Hwee, 988 deejays Chan Fong and Danny One, local actors Thian Siew Kim and Lim Min Chen, Hong Kong actresses Susan Shaw and Mimi Chu, and Thai actors Tul Pakorn and Happy Polla.
Playing an Internet celebrity, the film’s main star Lim says the character of Wu Zhen Zhen is quite similar to her own.
“When the camera starts rolling and the director yells action, I sometimes feel like I’m just acting like myself, except for her habit of using her toes to grip objects like bags of chips and snacks.”
Director Tai also sang praises of his film’s leading lady Lim. “I heard that she was known to be a pop idol. This movie will showcase her acting chops.”
Ipoh-born Hong Kong-based Chu groused good-naturedly about being kept waiting in the pool for Lim and Polla, who were both afraid of getting into the water. “My character had to take a dive in the pool, and I ended up soaking for an hour while the two of them took turns to overcome their fear of diving into the water.”
Shaw says she loves coming to film movies in Malaysia as there is always lots to eat and people are way too nice. “The director created a lot of fun characters and funny fight scenes.
“It is also amusing that they pay so much to hire someone like me from Hong Kong not to speak Cantonese, but to speak in the Beijing dialect.”
One of the funny “fight” scenes was the hilarious “kissing” scene between 988 deejay Danny and local actress Thian.
Danny One said he was elated to be paired with Thian, who is a well-known theatre practitioner. “Kim is an artiste whom I admire greatly for her acting skills. But I was not prepared for such an extreme kissing scene. Kim was obsessed about checking my face for stubble, so I had to keep shaving in preparation for that scene.”
Thian explained her anxious preoccupation with Danny One’s facial hair. “Our smooching scene is actually more like a fighting scene. So, the day before that, I had to make sure to check that his face was entirely devoid of facial hair, as men’s bristly stubble can be a very painful experience.
“Unfortunately, the filming progress was delayed and our scene was rescheduled for 3am. That’s when I discovered that men’s facial hair starts growing again after midnight.”
A Moment Of Happiness is now showing in cinemas nationwide.