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Director Tay Ping Hui teaches basketball players to act in Meeting The Giant

Tay Ping Hui's directorial debut is a basketball drama with real players

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:46 PM

For popular home-grown actor Tay Ping Hui, it is one of the few times he is dwarfed. Standing beside the cast of his feature film directorial debut Meeting The Giant at a press event recently, the 1.86m-tall star looks at least half a head shorter than them.

That is what happens when you insist on casting a group of real-life top basketball players, the 43-year-old says with a smile.

"For the first time in my life, I have to keep looking up to talk to these guys. My whole life, I've been looking down on people - literally," he says with a laugh about his actors who are 1.9m to 2m tall.

Meeting The Giant, which opens in cinemas tomorrow, centres on a group of basketball players from China who are brought into Singapore to help raise the standards of the team here. Away from home, the talent imports face various challenges and clashes of culture when they train with local players.

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Background story

"The story is about this group of young boys and I have no plans to steal the limelight from them."

Actor-director Tay Ping Hui with cast members Michael Lee, Lim Sheng Yu, Ng Han Bin, Delvin Goh, Chua Seng Jin and Ian Fang