Movie Review: Ms J Contemplates Her Choice (NC16)

Jo Yang (Kit Chan), who co-hosts a popular radio show with Ken (Bobby Tonelli) , receives a phone call from a mysterious listener Lee while on air one day.

Lee forces her to choose between sparing the life of a prostitute or a loan shark. A local psychological thriller helmed by Singapore director Jason Lai, Ms J is an intriguing piece of work.

Lai discusses issues such as freedom of speech and moral awareness through his characters. It leaves viewers thinking about the results of their decisions.

And it looks like Chan is having an excellent comeback. Not only is the local singer enjoying a good run with her concerts, she is natural and convincing in her first movie lead in recent years.

Rating: 3/5

We're not sex symbols

Magic Mike XXL's Joe Manganiello says he and fiancee Sofia Vergara are a down-to-earth couple

ALL MAN: Manganiello and actress Sofia Vergara (above) are engaged.
ALL MAN: (Above) Joe Manganiello in Magic Mike XXL.
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Poster poser

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Giveaway: Win pandan teatime for four

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Match-fixing through sponsorships

Fifa's security head Mutschke warns of new modus operandi of match-fixers

THAT'S NOT THE REASON: Fifa's head of security Ralf Mutschke (above) says the corruption scandal that has rocked Fifa's executive has nothing to do with Interpol suspending the co-operation unilaterally.
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Old story, new heroine

Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene in remake of Far From The Madding Crowd

NEW GIRL: Carey Mulligan takes on the role of Bathsheba Everdene, made famous by Julie Christie.
NEW GIRL: Carey Mulligan takes on the role of Bathsheba Everdene, made famous by Julie Christie.
NEW GIRL: Carey Mulligan takes on the role of Bathsheba Everdene, made famous by Julie Christie.

Carey Mulligan steps into the role of Bathsheba Everdene, made famous by Julie Christie, in the new film version of Far From The Madding Crowd.

Opening here tomorrow, the film is based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy and tells the story of a feminist trying to maintain her freedom against society's expectations.

But it's a romance after all and we root for Bathsheba to end up with the right man out of the three suitors played by Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen.

Off-screen, Mulligan settled down in 2012 with her own Mr Right - Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of British band Mumford & Sons. The couple are expecting their first child.

Mulligan talks about sheep dip, corsets and taking one to the head for her art.

Was it intimidating taking on Julie Christie's iconic role in the 1967 film version?

Definitely. She's such an extraordinary actress and she made that role so famous.

We all felt a certain trepidation about taking on the project. But with great classics, there's always room for another interpretation and that's why Hamlet gets done every year - so you can find new things.

What appealed to you about the story?

This Victorian classic started with a woman turning down a proposal of marriage instead of going out looking for it.

I love that the story starts in one place and you think there's such an obvious conclusion that she is going to marry this farmer (Schoenaerts) and then the story goes off in a completely different direction.

What I can identify with is that young girls have a tendency to fall for the wrong men and that's the infatuation in the story with Troy (Sturridge) in his soldier uniform.

I think what director Thomas Vinterberg did well in the film was to balance out those three stories, that it's not a foregone conclusion that she's going to end up with one of them.

Being a city girl born in London to a middle-class family, how did you prepare for the farm scenes?

My mum is Welsh, so I have family in the countryside and I spent a decent amount of time around farm life. It's fun.

What makes Bathsheba different from most Victorian heroines is that she is hands-on. I really liked the sheep dip. It was fun for a couple of hours. Then it was slowly less fun and a bit more smelly.

What about the costumes?

They were such an expression of her character, how individual and unique she was with these amazing hats and the scarlet outfits.

I loved the riding jacket. I think wearing a corset is interesting for an actress because you feel that that is so representative of the time, where women were so restricted and kept in their place.

Tell us about the accident on set while shooting the last scene.

I come riding around the corner on a horse and I shout after (Schoenaerts), racing down this path to him.

The third time I did it, the horse reared and threw me off the front. I landed quite badly on my head.

We carried on filming for another 20 minutes. I thought everything was fine and then I fainted. Matthias thought I was acting, so he carried on.

I went to hospital, I had a concussion. We came back and continued filming the scene a week after.

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South Koreans sweep men and women's team events

Fencers end Asian champs' rule in style and look ready for a world fight in Moscow

TAKE THAT: South Korea's Lim Seung Min (left) striking towards China's Gong Yu in the women's team foil final at the OCBC Arena.

The six-day Asian Fencing Championships 2015 concluded last night with a resounding South Korean roar.

South Korea’s men’s sabre team, comprising Gu Bon Gil, Kim Jung Hwan, Won Woo Young and Oh Eun Seok, clinched the gold after defeating Iran 45-37 in the final, with China and Kazakhstan finishing joint-third.

The South Korean women’s foil team then took on arch-rivals China in an exciting final which was peppered with strong attacks and great defensive parries.

There was little to separate the two outfits but, in the end, the South Korean team of Nam Hyun Hee, Jeon Hee Sook, Kim Mina and Lim Seung Min  prevailed 35-32.

Read the full report in our print edition on July 1.

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