In the Chinese New Year drama-comedy Reunion Dinner, a person is compelled to decide on between his profession and a secret ache that has separated him from his mom for years. It is a secret that he has hidden from everybody, together with his fiancee.
Buried childhood trauma is an unexpectedly heavy theme for a vacation film, however actor Mark Lee wouldn’t have it some other manner.
“I wanted a project that was a comedy, but also warm and meaningful. I think audiences are changing too. They don’t want slapstick movies for Chinese New Year,” says Lee, 53.
“I’m too old to do slapstick anyway,” he provides, talking to The Straits Times at a press occasion on Jan 18 at Marina Bay Sands.
Reunion Dinner opens in Singapore on Jan 20.
Li Chao Yang (performed by Beijing-based Singaporean actor Lawrence Wong) is a profitable promoting company inventive director who turns into distraught when a consumer forces him to contain his actual household, together with his mother and father, in a Chinese New Year reunion dinner product marketing campaign.
Instead of coping with his points, Li opts to spin an online of lies to guard the enviable social standing he has struggled to attain.
He ropes in his buddy and father determine, freelance actor Wei (Mark Lee), to assist preserve his facade. Li’s scheme permits him to maintain his mom Yan Ling (Singaporean actress Xiang Yun) out of his life.
His girlfriend Liu Zi Hong (Chinese actress Cya Liu), unaware of his deception, invitations her father Lan Ting (China-born, Singapore actor Guo Liang) to fly from China to Singapore for the dinner, complicating her fiance’s plans.
Reunion Dinner, collectively produced by Chinese media firm iQiyi and Singapore’s Clover Films, is tentatively scheduled for launch in China on the iQiyi service on Jan 27.