The many facades of Singapore presented to viewers through the lenses of these foreign productions
In 2013, we saw more than three major overseas romcom vehicles set or filmed in Singapore: My Lucky Star (featuring Lee Hom and Zhang Ziyi), After Dinner Mysteries (featuring Sakurai Sho and Keiko Kitagawa), Cupid’s World of Happiness (featuring Leon Jay Williams and Tiffany Hsu), and a micro movie headlined by Ariel Lin, also known as the unofficial sequel to Taiwanese drama series, In Time With You.
Believe it or not, the facades of Singapore depicted on foreign shows versus what we see on local shows are worlds apart. For someone born and bred on this little red dot, it’s always interesting to see how Singapore is perceived in the eyes of non-local productions – which usually has bulk of the focus centered on our gorgeous cityscape (especially at night), integrated resorts and unique heritage sites, away from high-rise flats and typical heartland scenarios.
From trendy Korean dramas to the gritty HBO drama series Serangoon Road, we look at these foreign productions for an understanding of Singapore’s allure.