Sinema screens Jack Neo’s first films2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Our most vivid memories of Jack Neo would probably be his alter egos, Liang Po Po and Liang Si Mei, whom he created during the 1990’s on the longest running Singapore variety show, Comedy Night.
In his 10th year of filmmaking, and after 30 years in the local entertainment industry, Jack Neo is celebrating his success with another film — Money No Enough 2, which will be released next month.
But have you ever wondered how this great man of humble origins started out? Here’s your chance to catch three of Jack Neo’s earliest creations at Sinema Old School this July – The Replacement Killer, The Mysterious Murders and Sweet Sweet Sweet.
Following his success in television productions, Jack Neo took on new challenges and ventured into the film industry in 1998 with Money No Enough, Singapore’s highest grossing feature film to-date. Consequently, he scripted, directed and produced a successful string of coveted movies namely, I Not Stupid, Homerun, I Not Stupid Too, Just Follow Law and his latest work Ah Long Pte Ltd.
Jack Neo’s movies wrote a new milestone for the local film industry. Besides garnering record high box office earnings, his later works drew much regional and international attention. Among his well-commented works, Homerun won the first international movie award for Singapore. A total of six international awards were honoured to the movie including the International Kids Film Festival of Home Iran 2003’s Best Director title.
Today, Director Jack Neo is one of the most prolific filmmakers in Singapore. His contributions to the local film industry have earned him honourable mentions from former Prime Minister Mr. Goh Chok Tong’s national address in 1998 and 2003.
In recognition of his achievements and contributions towards Singapore’s media industry, Film Director Jack Neo was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and Multi-Talent Award in 2004 from MediaCorp Singapore Star Awards. He also received the Public Service Medal Award in August 2004 and the Arts Cultural Medallion Award in October 2005.