'Money' sequel starts in Singapore


SINGAPORE -- Production started here March 2 on “Money No Enough 2,” the sequel to 1998’s “Money No Enough,” the highest-grossing Singaporean film to date.

The sequel is written and directed “Money” writer Jack Neo, currently the city-state’s most commercially successful director with 11 films under his belt. The first film took in S$5.9 million ($4.23 million) and remains the all-time local box office champion.

The film is co-produced by Neo Studios, Scorpio East Pictures and MediaCorp Raintree Pictures and the three stars of the original film - Neo, Mark Lee and Henry Thia - are all reprising their roles as brothers grappling with financial difficulties. This time they also have to take care of their ailing mother.

“This film will be vintage Jack Neo, with a mix of humor but still pushing the envelope with social commentary,” noted Daniel Yun, CEO of Raintree Pictures.

Filming is set for 40 days with release set for August 1. While Neo’s first film did not have much commercial success outside Singapore because of its colloquial humor, Neo said he is hopeful his sequel will fare better, especially in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. “The film will have about 60% of its dialogue in [the Chinese dialect] Hokkien, which will travel well in Taiwan. The subject of taking care of your elders is also a very Asian issue,” Neo said.