Household comes first for Malaysian Web sensation Lim Min Chen. So, the annual reunion dinner throughout Chinese language New Yr’s Eve is an additional big day for the Penang-born artiste.
The importance of the reunion dinner can be the spotlight of A Second Of Happiness, the Malaysian-Thai Chinese language New Yr flick that she is headlining this 12 months.
Lim, 29, shared that it’s a should for everybody in her household to go house and be a part of the celebration.
“Our household positively cares an excellent deal about Chinese language New Yr. So, all our relations need to be there, with out exception, ” she stated.
And, when requested what she likes finest concerning the celebration, she recalled all her happiest reminiscences had been those shared along with her closest relations.
“I do take pleasure in having these yummy snacks and Chinese language New Yr’s cookies, cooking with my mum, sporting cheongsam with my sister, and enjoying mahjong with all of my relations.
“I really feel actually glad to be along with them, so I’ll by no means, ever change this household custom throughout Chinese language New Yr, as a result of it symbolises the true that means of ‘reunion’ for me.
“Furthermore, I’ve at all times loved lighting up sparklers and firecrackers throughout Chinese language New Yr ever since I used to be a toddler, particularly once I’m enjoying with my two little brothers.”
Lim stated she’s going to uphold these traditions although she has turn out to be an artiste now.
“As a result of, it isn’t about what you eat, however who you spend it with, ” stated the actress-singer who made her big-screen debut in Hong Kong horror rom-com Vampire Cleanup Division in 2017.
In A Second Of Happiness, Lim portrays a younger lady named Zhen Zhen who’s an Web sensation, very similar to herself. The resourceful woman indulges her followers by positioning herself as a “princess”, with the assistance of her bestie Zitomira (Thian Siew Kim), uncle (988’s Danny One), and father (988’s Chan Fong).
As a up to date tackle the Cinderella fairy story, Zhen Zhen the pretend princess meets a Thai backpacker named Nat (Tul Pakorn), who is definitely a member of Thai royalty travelling incognito.
The film requires Lim to have many modifications of outfits and to painting completely different photos, because the character she performs is a Key Opinion Chief (KOL) who must create as a lot contemporary content material as doable for social media.
“That is one movie the place I’ve skilled the biggest variety of outfits and picture modifications in my life. Since Zhen Zhen is a KOL, she wants to take care of her recognition by producing progressive and authentic content material, with the intention to hold her social media feed contemporary for her followers. That’s the reason why she wants such a wide range of outfits, to be extra charming and stand out within the crowd.
“Regardless that it was somewhat time-consuming and tiring for me to alter out and in of so many outfits inside a day through the shoot, I have to add that I did benefit from the technique of being somebody that I couldn’t be in actual life. So it was certainly a beautiful expertise for me.”
Nevertheless, that’s not the hardest a part of the shoot. In response to Lim, it’s the manner Zhen Zhen holds objects that posed to be a problem.
“Zhen Zhen has this uncommon behavior the place she makes use of her toes to carry objects like luggage of snacks. I felt it was humorous once I first heard it from the director.
“So, I desperately needed to attempt to practise earlier than the shoot. However I quickly realised that it’s actually laborious to do this, particularly if you wish to make the motion or motion look pure.
“Therefore, this is likely one of the photographs that required probably the most retakes. I found out, whereas taking pictures that scene, that the angle and the place between my toes are the important thing components to a profitable take.”
One other memorable scene, in keeping with Lim, is the place she has to bop along with her Thai co-stars Tul, Blissful Polla and Gaston. After days of practising the dance strikes, the solid was raring to go.
“However on the day we had been supposed to finish this dancing scene, the taking pictures progress was a bit delayed and this scene was scheduled to be shot round 3am, so everybody was drained after an extended day of taking pictures however we nonetheless tried our greatest to carry out, ” Lim stated.
Other than Thai actors, Lim additionally had the possibility to work with Hong Kong stars corresponding to Mimi Chu, Susan Shaw and Richard Ng in addition to Malaysian deejays corresponding to Danny One and Chan Fong.
“The best reward for me in being part of this film was getting the chance to make plenty of mates from around the globe. All of us are united like a household although we’re from completely different backgrounds, of various ages and languages.
“We used to have our dinner collectively after work, they usually took excellent care of me all through the shoot, so I’m actually grateful and appreciative.”
Produced by Sunstrong Leisure, Lomo Footage and MM2 Leisure, in affiliation with 988 radio station, A Second Of Happiness is helmed by director Tai Min Hwee (brother of singer-songwriter Penny Tai), who is thought for comedies like Mo-Kiss-U, White Ants, Marvel Of Little Fatty, Orphan Wonderland and Misplaced In The Jungle.
A Second Of Happiness opens on the primary day of Chinese language New Yr.