STRANGE things always seem to happen on the set of horror movies.
During a recent interview in Kuala Lumpur, veteran actress Carrie Ng related one particularly creepy incident she encountered on the set of Hungry Ghost Ritual while she was backstage alone during the filming of a scene.
“I figured it would be more comfortable to remove my shoes while I waited, so I took them off and put them together beside me. However, when my turn came, I discovered that one of the shoes had gone missing.
“The lost shoe was later found by crew members at the other end of the stage. That was really strange because I hadn’t been over there and nobody had walked past me either. So, how did the shoe end up so far away?” recalled Ng, 50, who kept the unsettling experience to herself as she did not want to scare the cast and crew.
In the movie, Ng plays a Cantonese opera performer whose role gets stolen by a young upstart played by Malaysian starlet Karena Teo.
Like Hungry Ghost Ritual director Nick Cheung, Ng will also be making her directorial debut soon – her first movie will be Angel Whispers, a suspense drama set in Sham Shui Po’s red-light district about a bunch of call-girls and their landlady engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious killer.
Angel Whispers was made after the movie project was awarded a HK$150,00 (RM61,700) prize at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum. Ng shares directing credits with Shirley Yung, a project manager with Sundream Motion Pictures.
Noting the success of many famous male directing duos from Hong Kong like Andrew Lau/Alan Mak of the Infernal Affairs franchise, Alan Mak/Felix Chong of the Overheard franchise, as well as horror specialists Pang brothers, Ng said it was time for female directing duos to make their presence felt as well.
Not for her the more familiar genres of soppy romances or silly comedies though – Ng prefers the road less travelled.
“I like to explore the unknown and unexplainable. My interest is piqued when there is something more than meets the eye, or when all the evidence points to the suspect, but the reality could not be further than the truth. These are the themes my first movie deals with,” offers Ng, who was named Best Actress at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards for Remains Of A Woman (1993) and Best Supporting Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards for The Kid (2000).
Though she is best known for her portrayal of scarlet women, the sultry actress mused that she is just a homebody whose personal life is too boring for words.
“It may come as a surprise to many, but I’m actually quite nerdy. My daily activity revolves around playing with my pooch, and painting pictures or some other fine arts project,” mused the actress, who has featured in more than 100 movie and TV projects. — Seto Kit Yan