Ilo Ilo actors return to Singapore to hero's welcome

27 November 2013 / 2 years 11 months ago

It was a hero's welcome for the cast of homegrown flick Ilo Ilo at Changi Airport on Tuesday night, as close to 300 supporters showed up to cheer their return from Taipei.

Comrprising mostly family and close friends, some supporters showed up with flower bouquets and balloons, reports The Straits Times.

Fresh from nabbing a record four Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan over the weekend, the Ilo Ilo team including Best Supporting Actress Yeo Yann Yann, child actor Koh Jia Ler and associate producer Huang Wenhong arrived at Changi's Terminal 3 past 11pm, with their shiny Golden Horse trophies in hand.

Malaysian actress Yeo, 36, was especially ecstatic to be back in Singapore so that she could see her year-old baby daughter Vera. Taking her baby from her mother's arms, she said with a chuckle:

"I'm just so happy to be back because I couldnt bring my daughter with me to Taiwan and I just missed her too much. I can't wait to spend some quality time with my little golden horse and also my little horse baby."

Vera is born in the Chinese horoscope year of the horse. Koh, 12, lost the Golden Horse prize for Best New Performer to Taiwanese actress Kuo Shu-yau, 23, but he did not look at all upset.

He said: "Taiwan was really fun because I got to eat and sightsee quite a bit. The whole Golden Horse weekend has been amazing. " The first-time child actor added that "given the chance", he would act again.

Missing at the airport were actor Chen Tianwen, who is on holiday in Taipei, and the man of the hour, director Anthony Chen, who is in Tokyo to attend a film festival.

Ilo Ilo made history when it nabbed a record four Golden Horse awards, including the top prize for Best Feature Film.

The other awards are for Best Original Screenplay and Best New Director for Chen, and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo.

The prestigious Golden Horse awards are dubbed the Oscars of Chinese language cinema.

Watch Razor TV's report on the cast arriving at Changi Airport

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