Tianwen finds his second wind

Tianwen finds his second wind
The award-winning movie Ilo Ilo is a huge milestone in veteran actor Chen Tianwen's 29-year career, as it marked the first time that he has starred in a major role in a feature film.

SINGAPORE - Often, it's the offbeat moments that one remembers best.

Looking back now on his foray to Cannes with the rest of the Ilo Ilo cast, seasoned actor Chen Tianwen said it's not the A-list celebrities - like Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung - he was surrounded by that he recalls most vividly.

Nor was it even the moment that director Anthony Chen's film, about a Singapore family and their newly arrived Filipino maid, was announced as the winner of the Camera d'Or prize.

Instead, the 50-year-old remembered the heavy downpour that drenched himself, Chen and the cast when they were meant to be walking down the red carpet.

"Just before our actresses stepped onto the red carpet, they had to wear slippers to the venue before putting on their heels for the event," he said, a smile spreading on his face.

For the actor, this one tiny detail will forever be etched in his mind, a piece of the puzzle of a momentous time in his life.

Acting with subtlety

Ilo Ilo was already a huge milestone in Chen's life.

It marked the first time that he has starred in a major role in a feature film.

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