Lang Tong

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Lang Tong
Directed by Sam Loh
Produced by Sam Loh
Written by
  • Alex Soh
  • Sam Loh
Starring
  • William Lawandi
  • Angeline Yap
  • Vivienne Tseng
Distributed by Shaw
Release date
  • December 13, 2014 (2014-12-13) (SGIFF)
  • March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) (Singapore)
Running time
83 minutes
Country Singapore
Language Mandarin
Budget S$500,000[1]
Box office US$56,609[2]

Lang Tong (Chinese: 靚汤; literally: "Good Soup") is a 2014 Singaporean erotic thriller directed by Sam Loh. It stars William Lawandi, Angeline Yap, and Vivienne Tseng. Yap and Tseng play sisters involved in a love triangle with a serial womanizer, played by Lawandi. It premiered uncut in December 2014 at the Singapore International Film Festival and was released in Singapore on March 5, 2015. It caused some controversy in Singapore over its graphic sex scenes, three minutes of which were cut for its theatrical release.

Plot[edit]

After Zack meets his online chat friend Stephanie on a date, they begin dating. He asks her for a large sum of money, then dumps her when she finds him with another woman. Soon after, Zack begins a relationship with Li Ling, who lives with her younger sister, Li Er. While carrying on an affair with Li Er, Zack asks Li Ling for money. Li Ling not only gives him the money but adds him to her will as a beneficiary. When Li Er finds out, she requests that Zack kill her sister, as Li Er blames Li Ling for their mother's death.

Cast[edit]

  • William Lawandi as Zack
  • Angeline Yap as Li Er
  • Vivienne Tseng as Li Ling
  • Esther Goh as Stephanie
  • Alan Tan as Mike

Production[edit]

Loh was inspired by Audition and Dumplings. Casting was difficult because of the required nudity and sex scenes, which Loh said were partly in response to a perceived avoidance of risk-taking the local cinema.[3] Shooting took place over two weeks in April 2014 in Tiong Bahru.[1] It is the first in a proposed trilogy.[4]

Release[edit]

Lang Tong premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival on December 13, 2014.[1] Yap received online harassment after the film's red-band trailer was released, which featured graphic sex and nudity. Harassers claimed she took the role to become famous, but Yap stated the reason was to conquer lingering insecurities over her body from when she had anorexia as a teenager.[5] Following the film's premiere, three minutes were cut for the theatrical release, due to a graphic lesbian sex scene and a castration scene.[6] It was released in Singapore on March 5, 2015,[7] where it grossed US$56,609.[2]

Reception[edit]

Boon Chan of The Straits Times wrote that the film deserves credit for "trying to do something new", but the story is lacking.[7] Derek Elley of Film Business Asia rated it 4/10 and said the film pushes boundaries but "isn't really much good".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chan, Boon (2014-12-01). "Singapore actress strips for the camera: 'We are not having sex, it's just pretending'". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Lang Tong". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Intoxicating brew of sex and violence". The Business Times. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  4. ^ Ang, Benson (2015-05-03). "Local erotic thriller Lang Tong the first of a trilogy". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  5. ^ Chua, Charlene (2014-12-09). "Actress Angeline Yap still proud of baring body after online harassment". AsiaOne. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  6. ^ Yun, Tan Kee (2015-03-04). "Snip snipped". The New Paper. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  7. ^ a b Chan, Boon (2015-03-04). "Film review: Sexy and saucy Lang Tong lacks a story". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  8. ^ Elley, Derek. "Lang Tong". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2016-03-25.