Tosh Zhang & Cheryl Wee pair up for 50s romance in ‘My Love, Sinema’

The ‘Ah Boys to Men’ star and budding actress have been revealed as the leads for the upcoming FLY Entertainment period flick

Photos: FLY Entertainment
Photos: FLY Entertainment
09 Nov 2015

Photos: FLY Entertainment

Three years after he first found fame as the no-nonsense Platoon Sergeant Ong in the first of Jack Neo’s highly-acclaimed Ah Boys to Men trilogy, Tosh Zhang is set to show a brand new side of him in My Love, Sinema.

On Saturday (Nov 7), a lensing ceremony was held in Ipoh, Malaysia to announce the cast and production team of the upcoming period romance, which kicked off filming yesterday (Nov 8). The flick previously won Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion Post Production Award in 2011, and is slated for a 2016 release.

Making her big screen debut is Mata Mata star Cheryl Wee as a young Chinese teacher who falls in love with a film projectionist, played by Tosh. Unfortunately, the onscreen couple is met with various obstacles that prevent them from being together.

Joining the leads in the line-up are Malaysian actor Zen Chong and Taiwanese TV star Jeff Wang, who plays Tosh’s mentor. FLY Entertainment founder Irene Ang and BioPerfect Marketing Dawn Yip come on-board as executive producers, Scout Pictures’ Flora Goh serves as producer, while Tan Ai Leng takes the director’s seat. The movie boasts a reported production cost of $1.5 million and will be shot in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

“This film has been five years in the making and we are very proud that it is finally coming to fruition,” said Irene in a statement. “As a love story transcending through the decades, we hope that My Love, Sinema will touch a lot of hearts because it doesn’t cater to just one generation. The idea is to create a rollercoaster of emotions of the past meeting the present to determine the future.”

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Cheryl Wee, Tan Ai Leng, Irene Ang, Tosh Zhang
Cheryl Wee, Tan Ai Leng, Irene Ang, Tosh Zhang
09 Nov 2015

Cheryl Wee, Tan Ai Leng, Irene Ang, Tosh Zhang

Although this is far from Tosh’s first feature film (in addition to the Ah Boys franchise, the 26-year-old also starred in The Lion Men last year and will be featured in the upcoming Mr Unbelievable movie), it will be his first time tackling one that’s set in the 1950s. To prep himself, Tosh loaded up on research on the era, which included watching old music videos.

Audiences will also get to witness a much softer side than what most moviegoers are used to, as Tosh puts away his tough guy façade to portray a starry-eyed kampong (village) boy. In fact, Tosh revealed that his new character is so different from his real personality, one of the only things they have in common is a love for movies.

My Love, Sinema will also be Tosh’s first time working with 28-year-old Cheryl. The twosome did not know each other prior to the collaboration, but managed to build up some chemistry and mutual understanding during their acting classes together.

When asked to share his thoughts on their impending kissing scene, Tosh laughed that as he has already given up his first onscreen smooch to Eva Cheng in The Lion Men, he has nothing to be nervous about. Well, it looks like fans of the popular Ah Boy have something to look forward to squealing to!

My Love, Sinema is produced with the support of the Singapore Film Commission and is slated for release in the third quarter of 2016.

Catch Tosh and the rest of the Ah Boys (Wang Weiliang, Joshua Tan, Maxi Lim, Bunz and Jaspers Lai) at their Stay With Us! mini showcase on Nov 21 (Sat) at 7.30pm at Peridot, Max Atria @ Singapore Expo. Tickets are priced at $38 and $58 (excludes booking fees) and are available on SISTIC.

Cheryl is also set to return to the small screen in Channel 5’s Mata Mata 3: A New Generation, premiering Nov 30 (Mon) at 10pm on Channel 5.

Tosh Zhang
Tosh Zhang
09 Nov 2015

Tosh Zhang

Adrian Teh, Michal Tywoniuk, Irene Ang, Ai Leng Tan, Flora Goh and Cheryl Wee
Adrian Teh, Michal Tywoniuk, Irene Ang, Ai Leng Tan, Flora Goh and Cheryl Wee
09 Nov 2015

Adrian Teh, Michal Tywoniuk, Irene Ang, Ai Leng Tan, Flora Goh and Cheryl Wee

Adrian Teh, Irene Ang, Tan Ai Leng, Cheryl Wee and director of photography Michal Tywoniuk
Adrian Teh, Irene Ang, Tan Ai Leng, Cheryl Wee and director of photography Michal Tywoniuk
09 Nov 2015

Adrian Teh, Irene Ang, Tan Ai Leng, Cheryl Wee and director of photography Michal Tywoniuk


Tan Ai Leng, Irene Ang and Cheryl Wee
Tan Ai Leng, Irene Ang and Cheryl Wee
09 Nov 2015

Tan Ai Leng, Irene Ang and Cheryl Wee

The cast and crew pose for a group shot
The cast and crew pose for a group shot
09 Nov 2015

The cast and crew pose for a group shot

Producer Flora Goh, director Tan Ai Leng and executive producer Irene Ang
Producer Flora Goh, director Tan Ai Leng and executive producer Irene Ang
09 Nov 2015

Producer Flora Goh, director Tan Ai Leng and executive producer Irene Ang

Tosh Zhang, Cheryl Wee and Irene Ang share a feast
Tosh Zhang, Cheryl Wee and Irene Ang share a feast
09 Nov 2015

Tosh Zhang, Cheryl Wee and Irene Ang share a feast

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