S'pore International Film Festival kicks off

(From left) Alvin Wong, Iedil Putra, Prisia Nasution, Michelle Yeoh, Nicholas Saputra, Dain Iskandar Said, Nadiya Nisaa and Chew Kin-wah at the opening of the Singapore International Film Festival at Marina Bay Sands yesterday.
(From left) Alvin Wong, Iedil Putra, Prisia Nasution, Michelle Yeoh, Nicholas Saputra, Dain Iskandar Said, Nadiya Nisaa and Chew Kin-wah at the opening of the Singapore International Film Festival at Marina Bay Sands yesterday.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, who was walking the red carpet last night for the Singapore International Film Festival, declined to confirm her involvement in the highly anticipated new Star Trek: Discovery TV series.

"I think CBS (network) will make its own announcements, so we should just let it do it. But well, we grew up in the Star Trek generation, so of course, I'm a big fan," Yeoh, 54, told The Straits Times and regional media.

The elegant actress of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) fame was the last person to walk the red carpet at Marina Bay Sands as the festival's guest of honour.

She was preceded by Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said and the glamorous cast of his new thriller Interchange, which opened the festival.

Over the next 1 1/2 weeks, more international film-makers and stars are due to make red carpet appearances to promote their films screening at the festival.

They include veteran Hong Kong action star Kara Wai and Taiwanese rock star Wu Bai for the action movie Mrs K, and Taiwanese heart-throb Kai Ko for The Road To Mandalay, his comeback film after he was arrested in Beijing for using marijuana two years ago.

Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, 2010) will also be in town to hold a masterclass, while American hottie actor James Marsden (Westworld, 2016) will attend a benefit dinner.

The festival, in its 27th edition, runs until Dec 4 and features more than 160 films from Singapore and around the world.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore International Film Festival kicks off'. Print Edition | Subscribe