Here's a surprising fact: Despite having the second highest standard of living in SE Asia (behind Singapore) and local cinemas doing a bustling business, the country of Brunei had not produced a single feature film for commercial release in the nation's entire history until earlier this year. Not one. That changed with romantic comedy Apa Apa Dengan Rina
earlier this year with Siti Kamaluddin's Yasmine
following close behind.
A martial arts themed drama about a young woman - the titular Yasmine - striving to become a silat champion, the two million dollar production has enlisted the help of Jackie Chan cohort Chan Man-Ching (his resume includes stunt work on Drunken Master 2
, Rumble In The Bronx
and more) to handle the stunt work with the twenty year old star Liyana Yus dropping out of school to train five hours a day in silat for the past year.
No word yet on when the film will be complete but with production wrapping on October 13th and a 2014 release planned, we'll be watching closely ...
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