Why was S'pore child actor caned several times for film?

11 June 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago

From a commentary in The Straits Times by Teo Eng Swee: "I refer to the article, As Real As It Gets (SundayLife!, June 2), on the award- winning film Ilo Ilo directed by Anthony Chen."It is stated that the child actor was caned for real several times in two takes while shooting a scene."I was taken aback to read that the child was physically assaulted in the name of achieving realism in the film. Even though his mother appeared to have consented to the caning, this seems to be wrong. Animals are humanely treated during filming. It seems to me that children should be treated to a much higher standard."I hope that the relevant authorities, such as the Media Development Authority, Ministry of Social and Family Development and Ministry of Manpower, will set high standards that safeguard children who are working in the entertainment industry."What's your take on this?

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