The original Scandinavian noir crime series The Bridge, written and directed by Hans Rosenfeldt, has been made into many remakes including a British-French adaptation, an American remake, and a Russian remake.
Viu Malaysia is working with Double Vision to produce the first ever Asian version of The Bridge, the latest ten-episode adaptation directed by Malaysian directors TJ Lee and Jason Chong. Its leading cast stars Malaysian actor Bront Palarae and Singaporean actress Rebecca Lim.
Check out some exciting details about the Asian remake of The Bridge.
What is the The Bridge about?
Two detectives from Malaysia and Singapore are assigned to work together on a double murder case. A body – split in half and made up of two different women – was found at the second link bridge that connects both countries.
The killer later reveals that he will bring five issues to light that cause chaos in both Malaysia and Singapore – people are unequal before law, human trafficking, laundering, violence against women and children, and child labour.
This politically charged and highly complex case leads the detective duo in discovering the close connection between the killer and those who are chasing him. Case by case, they learn about the killer’s hidden agenda.
Who are the directors behind the camera?
TJ Lee directs, produces, and writes many genres in both television and film. His critically-acclaimed works include The Pupil (2010 – 2011), Code of Law (2012 – present), and Homecoming (2011). The Pupil’s leading star Rebecca Lim are working together for the 2nd time in The Bridge.
Jason Chong has worked with Bront Palarae in Belukar (2010) and Kau Takdirku (2017). He also wrote the script for award-winning film Adwiraku (2017), based on a true story about teacher Cheryl Ann Fernando.
What about the cast and characters?
Bront Palarae and Rebecca Lim
Bront Palarae (Ombak Rindu, Ola Bola, Satan Slaves, Halfworlds, Folklore) is CID inspector Megat Jamil in The Bridge, his first local drama series since 2012. He is an experienced and impulsive go-with-the-gut detective. Outside work, he is a dysfunctional family man who trying his upmost best to be a good husband and father. Bront shows his improved and unique acting traits through portraying Megat who is tested in coming up with quick solutions at work and in his personal life.
Rebecca Lim (The Pupil, Unriddle 2, The Dream Makers, Yes We Can, Doppleganger) loves the gritty and suspense in The Bridge script so much that she told TJ Lee that she had to be part of it. She plays as detective Serena Teo, young and brilliant but socially-awkward. She is a pain-in-the-butt who sticks strictly to the rules and gets the job done. Her bad childhood memory comes into the picture which soon will reveal her true nature. You will be amazed by her momentous change as her latest role is totally different from her previous funny and naïve on-screen characters.
Cheryl Samad plays her first small screen role since Apa Dosaku: The Sybil Kathigasu Story in 2010. In The Bridge, she is Megat Jamil’s second wife, Erin Tajuddin, who juggles working as an interior designer and taking care of the family. She struggles to become a better mother for Megat’s first daughter. At the same time, she doesn’t fully understand her husband’s tough job. The tension between Erin and Megat and Erin’s tough parenting are some of the scenes to look out for.
Gavin Yap (Relationship Status, Take Me to Dinner, KL24: Zombies) acts as Daniel Chong, an overly ambitious journalist who owns and runs a digital news platform, AsiaNow.com. He only cares about money and getting news scoops that’ll bring his site high traffic. He is used by the killer to fulfil his agenda by publishing messages on the website. While enjoying his moment in the limelight, he soon has to confront whether what he is doing ethically right for the website and society.
Why you should watch The Bridge?
This thrilling crime series depicts the current social issues that people do not dare to talk about them openly. It appeals towards the ignorance of these issues which resonate to things that are happening in our societies and daily lives.
Bront Palarae and Rebecca Lim work together for the first time in a Malaysia-Singapore co-production drama series. Compared to the original and previous remakes, they will putting their own interpretation in style to bring their characters to live and bringing up scenarios that viewers can relate to. As the story progresses, you will get to see an intriguing chemistry through their characters solving the case while understanding each other’s personal circumstances.