Perhaps upon stumbling onto this headline, your memory receives a jolt of familiarity:
Where have I seen the name ‘Aloysius Pang’ before?
Well, just to give a refresher, albeit a horrifying one, Aloysius Pang was the Operationally Ready National Service reservist who had been crushed between the flick rammer and slew ring of a Self-Propelled Howitzer in 2019.
Although a battery medic had attended to Pang on site and he was taken to the Waikato Hospital by helicopter later that evening, undergoing three surgeries in a span of the next two days, he eventually succumbed to his injuries on 24 January 2019.
He was only 28 years old then.
A Star Burnt Out
But beyond the gruesome accident, Aloysius Pang had been a rising actor in the Singaporean entertainment circles.
He had acted in the film Timeless Love as the leading actor in 2012, then making his directorial debut when he directed the music video of Singaporean Singer Gavin Teo’s I Understand (我懂了) which also featured Xu Bin and Kimberly Chia.
In 2014, he had been crowned one of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill –a term referring to promising and upcoming Mediacorp Actors– and went on to claim the Best Newcomer in the Star Awards the following year.
In Star Awards 2016, he won his first award for the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes.
Once Future Plans
Prior to his reservist training in New Zealand, Aloysius Pang had been filming parts of a movie in Thailand.
Pang’s plans after completing his reservist training were to work on the romantic comedy drama series called My One in a Million in Singapore before returning to Thailand to complete the movie.
In a distraught tone of voice, Pang’s mentor Dasmond Koh had divulged to Lianhe Zaobao that he hoped to “realise Aloysius’ dreams”, especially since the movie had been delayed for two years due to the emotional wounds caused by his tragic death.
Reportedly, one of the items in this film comprises a combination of the English, Korean, and Chinese languages.
Unnamed Movie Set to be Released in 2022
Information about the company manufacturing the film and the name of the Thai director has yet to be disclosed, but the movie is being invested by Noontalk Media.
Noontalk Media was the agency that Pang had been working under, which is presently being headed by Koh.
Koh mentioned in the interview that a Thai director had been chosen because the purported story of the film concerned Pang having an encounter with the supernatural, and Thailand films of that genre possessed the matching atmosphere.
It is unknown how they will deal with Pang’s main lead role in his absence, but it has been confirmed that he will be returning to the silver screen posthumously.
Currently, the actors Xu Bin and Damien Teo are in the middle of filming in Thailand.
The movie will also feature K-Pop singer Bae Jin Yong, a member of a South Korean boy band CIX.
The movie is set to be released in 2022.
For his third death anniversary, one supposes that actualising the last features of him will be a fitting closure and farewell to Aloysius Pang.
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