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Ken Kwek's new movie Unlucky Plaza looking for distributor

The Sex.Violence.FamilyValues director's new film, which will debut at Toronto fest, may not be shown here without one

Published on Aug 22, 2014 8:17 PM

A black comedy with a strong dose of action is how Singaporean film-maker Ken Kwek describes Unlucky Plaza, his latest project. The film will make its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

In an e-mail interview, Kwek told Life! that Unlucky Plaza draws inspiration from crime movies such as Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Fargo (1996).

Written and directed by Kwek, Unlucky Plaza tells the story of Onassis Hernandez, a Filipino owner of a successful diner serving the food of his homeland. A ruinous scandal over tainted food causes him to take a drastic step, one that sparks a global media frenzy.

It stars Filipino actor Jeffrey Epy Quizon in the lead role. Other parts are taken by local veteran stage and screen actors Adrian Pang, Judee Tan, Shane Mardjuki, Janice Koh, Pamela Oei, who is Kwek's wife, and television host and actor Guo Liang. The film's title is a play on Lucky Plaza, the Orchard Road mall known for its businesses serving Filipino residents.

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