Production is underway in Taiwan for the multinational arthouse film “Tomorrow is long” whose stars are acclaimed Leon Dai.
The confinement and claustrophobia of city life have long been recurring themes in Asian cinema, from Wong Kar-wai and Fruit Chan in Hong Kong to Ho Wi Ding in Taiwan. Another Taiwanese director, Chung Mong Hong, recently gave the theme a COVID-era twist in his award-winning film “The Falls.”
Although not specifically a pandemic-era production, the story of “Tomorrow” is that of a middle-aged widower whose relationship with his sensitive teenage son slowly becomes unbearable in the densely populated spaces of contemporary Singapore.
The English and Mandarin-language drama is Singaporean filmmaker Jow Zhi Wei’s feature debut (“After Winter”). Production started in November in Singapore and has now moved to Taiwan. Filming is expected to wrap by the end of the month, with the full picture hitting the international festival circuit later this year.
“Tomorrow” is produced by Francois Borgia for Akanga Film Asia from Singapore (winner of Locarno “A Land Imagined”), Jeremy Chua for fellow Singaporean Potocol (Cannes title “Rehana Maryam Noor”), Stefano Centini for Taiwan’s Volos Films (“Far Away Eyes”), Xavier Rocher for French cinema La Fabrica Nocturna (Berlin winner “The Heiresses”) and Ico Costa for Portugal (“Alva”).
It has received support from several international film funds, including Singapore’s IMDA, France’s CNC Aides aux Cinémas du Monde, Taiwan’s TAICCA TICP funding program and Portugal’s ICA, as well as the Kaohsiung Film Fund of Taiwan and the support of Taoyuan Production.
At the project stage, “Tomorrow” has also made the rounds of the international co-production markets. He was selected for the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film Lab 2016, the Berlinale Talent Project Market 2017, the Berlinale Talents Tokyo 2017 and the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion 2018.
Dai, who is both a director and an actor, has an award-winning career that includes ‘The Great Buddha Plus’, ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ and ‘A Chance to Die’. He won several awards at the 2009 Golden Horse Film Awards with “Cannot Live Without You”, which he wrote, directed and edited. It was also Taiwan’s entry into the race for the Foreign Language Oscars that year.
Her co-star in “Tomorrow” is newcomer Edward Tang. He was chosen after a search process that lasted nearly two years and involved auditioning 250 boys.
“Leon was great on set, very generous and committed to the performance. Every time the camera is about to roll and you see him get into character, it’s thrilling to watch,” Jow said in the comments provided.
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