Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung’s New Forensic Web Series to Film in Malaysia
The high-budget production will see the duo reunite onscreen after nine years.
A billion-yuan collaboration between EEG Entertainment and Tencent Penguin Pictures, new web drama Female Forensic Scientist JD <女法醫JD> will see Twins‘ Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍) and Gillian Chung (鍾欣潼) reunite onscreen after nine years. Along with actors Michael Tao (陶大宇), Joseph Chang (張孝全), Kenny Kwan (關智斌), Carlos Chan (陳家樂) and Jeana Ho (何珮瑜), the 12-episode production centers on forensics in crime solving in a fictional city. Filming has already started in early February.
Filming in Hospital with Cautionary Measures in Place
Under the looming threat of the novel coronavirus, many countries have imposed quarantine orders or restrictions on travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau. As Malaysia has yet to impose any such restrictions, crew and cast headed to the Southeast Asian nation for filming, though a press conference originally scheduled for February 2 was called as a precautionary measure.
As many scenes are expected to be shot at a local hospital in Selangor, EEG Entertainment has taken a high degree of protective measures and issued instructions to the cast and crew, including temperature taking before work, restricting the number of people visiting the hospital, and restricting Mainland production teams from filming in Kuala Lumpur.
In the drama, Charlene and Michael play a pair of father-daughter forensic pathologists. Michael, who is dressed in a head-to-toe protective gear for the forensic pathologist’s job of examining bodies, commented that his outfit made it exceptionally safe for him. “Actually, there aren’t many people wearing masks. We need to be careful nevertheless when starting work, such as putting on masks during filming, washing hands regularly when off duty, and obeying the guidelines so as not to affect others!”
When not filming, Jeana stayed in her hotel to swim and sunbathe to boost immunity, or eat out with just her assistant. Heightening her awareness of personal hygiene and protective measures, she said, “After completing filming at the hospital, I would keep my clothes in a bag and go for a thorough shower and wash my nose especially, as nose or ears might conceal bacteria. One funny episode I remember was how we found ethanol as a dramatic prop and used it on the spot!”
Simon Yam (任達華), who is also in Malaysia filming, commented about Hong Kong artistes recording a song about defeating the coronavirus earlier. He did not have much preparation time, but felt that it was really meaningful. Sharing a photo he took of a sea of clouds, Simon encouraged everyone that the situation would quickly come to an end, like clear skies after rain.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Joyce for JayneStars.com.