Singaporean actor Chin Han says he relishes being in smaller TV productions as much as Hollywood blockbusters.
According to an article in The Straits Times Communities, the Los Angeles-based thespian, who has been in hits such as the Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight (2008), will be next seen as an underworld scion in new HBO Asia original TV drama, Serangoon Road.
"I just loved the intimacy of something like Serangoon Road," says the 43-year-old actor, at a press conference held at Raffles Hotel on Sept 4.
The 10-part series, which premieres on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601) on Sept 22, is set in tumultuous 1960s Singapore, when political tensions were high at the tail end of British colonial rule.
Chin Han plays Kay Song, the ambitious grandson of the head of a secret society which controls activity around Serangoon Road. His co-stars include China-born actress Joan Chen, Australian actor Don Hany, Indonesian actor Ario Bayu, and fellow Singaporeans Alaric Tay and Pamelyn Chee.
"For Serangoon Road, I loved the very communal, very collaborative way of working on the show," adds Chin Han.
"Don Hany and I would have dinners and discuss scripts and stuff, and we always had such great conversations with everyone at HBO. We felt like we were in an artistic village. On a big Hollywood movie, sometimes you feel like you just live in the trailer."
Serangoon Road is Singapore-based HBO Asia's first foray into original TV series production. The series was largely shot at Infinite Studios' facility in Batam, Indonesia, as well as on iconic locations around Singapore such as Raffles Hotel.
The story follows a series of mystery cases handled by a small detective agency.
HBO Asia did not disclose the production budget.