Jack Neo on why he didn't follow his dream of filming artistic film like Ilo Ilo

26 November 2013 / 2 years 11 months ago

A Golden Horse award for Anthony Chen is as good as Singapore winning an award too, says Jack Neo.

The popular film director was beaming with pride over Chen's win, and even dropped him a text to congratulate him the moment he learnt of the result, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

He was quoted as saying: "The film industry in Singapore needed an achievement like this as it puts us out there in the international scene.

"Anthony's Golden Horse Award shows everyone that Singaporean productions have reached a professsional standard."

Because of that, Neo added, film crews in Singapore can stand proud and bask in Chen's glory.

However, Neo will not follow in the footsteps of Chen by producing an artistic flick that is worthy of winning an award anytime soon.

Despite having a similar ambition to Chen, Neo shelved that into the backburner for fear of losing his audience.

Not only that, he doesn't believe he can make a artistic film that will do well at the box office, citing one of his earlier flicks, Home Run, as an example.

The movie received rave reviews from critics but did nowhere near as well as his other productions such as Money No Enough, I Not Stupid and Ah Boys 2 Men.

"When I shoot a movie, I'm not doing it for the sake of winning an award. Of course, it's a bonus if the film's good enough to win a prize.

"...(but) the investors who back my movie don't talk about prizes and accolades. The most important thing to them is not to lose money!"

But, he did admit that he will eventually make an artistic film as he owes the National Art council one movie though he is unsure when that will come to fruition.

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