After 24 years away from Singapore, Japan and Asia’s most well-known celebrity and fashion photographer LESLIE KEE returns Home!

While Leslie has been coming back from time to time to visit family, this is his first work project since leaving Singapore to pursue his dream as a photographer in Japan.

Renowned for his high fashion shoots, Leslie, who is also making waves as a film director, is currently working on a new film project alongside Director Eric Khoo.

The film, titled Ramen Teh, will star the ‘Eternal Idol’ Seiko Matsuda (松田聖子) and actor/model Takumi Saitoh (斎藤工).

©LESLIE KEE

The dream collaboration will also see big names from both Japan and Singapore, including our very own comedian Mark Lee, actress Jeanette Aw and Japanese actors Tsuyoshi Ihara (伊原剛志) and Tetsuya Bessho (別所哲也).

Produced by Zhao Wei Films, Wild Orange Artists and Clover Films, the movie centres around a young ramen chef (Saitoh) from Japan. He travels to Singapore in order to trace the life of his late Singaporean mother, and at the same time, discover his own forgotten roots through one of Singapore’s most iconic dishes — Bak Kut Teh.

©LESLIE KEE Photographer Leslie Kee and Director Eric Khoo, together with actors Mark Lee and Saitoh Takumi

The king of our local ramen scene, Keisuke Takeda, and well-known food blogger Leslie Tay are also involved in the project. (Definitely sounds like something delicious is brewing!)

WAttention also had the chance to speak with LESLIE KEE recently, who says the project is close to his heart because of the similarities he shares with the protagonist. Having lost his mother at a young age, he too had to struggle to find his footing and forge his own path. Despite the challenges he faced, he overcame many obstacles such as language barriers and a shortage of funds to build a successful career without losing sight of his roots.

©LESLIE KEE Photographer Leslie Kee with Director Eric Khoo and Actor Saitoh Takumi

Filming has begun on the movie and it is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2018. Audience can also look forward to seeing gorgeous photographs of Singapore and Japan shot by Leslie himself!

Stay tuned as we bring you more updates from the eyes of LESLIE KEE!

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