Singapore’s Clover Films and J Team Form HiJack Pictures for Chinese Projects (Exclusive) | New

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Leading Singaporean companies Clover Films and J Team Productions have joined forces to establish a new venture HiJack Pictures and produce Chinese-language projects in Singapore and the region.

Lim Teck of distributor Clover Films and director-producer Jack Neo of J Team Productions will be co-CEOs of the new Singapore-based 50/50 joint venture, which will produce three to five films a year.

“By combining our expertise in production, marketing and distribution, we are confident that this synergy will create something far greater than the sum of its parts,” Lim said. He added that the name HiJack Pictures is “a small tribute to Singapore’s most successful filmmaker at the box office”.

Neo was a popular comedian and TV host before turning to acting. He is Singapore’s most successful director, having grossed over $58 million (S$80 million) at the Singaporean box office from around 30 films he has made since 1999, including $18 million and $25 million. Singaporean dollars from Ah boys to men franchise.

HiJack Pictures is set to collaborate with regional partners to produce a slate of feature films that Neo will direct or produce for emerging filmmakers in Singapore and the region. Neo said, “We aim to nurture a new generation of Singaporean filmmakers and produce commercially viable content that connects with audiences.”

Neo most recently produced Boi Kwong’s Geylang, a crime thriller set in Singapore’s red-light district that received a nomination for Best Action Choreography at this year’s Golden Horse Awards. It will screen at the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival and is scheduled for local theatrical release in April 2023.

Clover Films is one of the leading distributors in Singapore and Southeast Asia, having distributed and marketed many acclaimed films and box office hits such as Train to Busan, Parasite, Shoplifters, Shockwave 1 and 2 and Better days. He also co-produced the first two parts of Neo’s Ah boys to menEric Khoo’s Ramen Tee and Ong Kuo Sin reunion dinnerwhich was released on the iQiyi streaming platform in China.

Among HiJack Pictures’ board of directors are Paulyn Chua and Irene Kng, co-founders of Clover Films and J Team Productions respectively.

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