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China-born Qi Yuwu and Malaysian Deanna Yusoff to star in film celebrating Singapore’s 50th birthday

Published on Sep 3, 2014 12:33 PM
Deanna Yusoff will play a single mother and Qi Yuwu a police inspector in 1965. -- PHOTO: BLUE3 PICTURES

Non-Singaporeans have been cast in two of the leading roles in 1965, a movie commemorating Singapore's 50 years of independence.

China-born actor Qi Yuwu will play a police inspector and Malaysian actress Deanna Yusoff a single mother in the film that is slated for release next year, in time for SG50, the nationwide celebrations to mark Singapore's 50th birthday.

The movie tells the stories of immigrants and natives during the time leading up to Singapore's independence in the titular year and is said to portray the fragility of racial harmony.

Executive producer of the movie, Mr Daniel Yun, defends the casting, saying that it was "a conscious decision not to just have actors from one sector" of Singapore.

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