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You know them from the days of “Strangers Again“. Remember? That video about a boy and a girl’s different stages of their relationship which went viral because sure as heck we all could relate to it? Now, episodes of “Wong Fu Weekends” and various releases of short films/sketches later, as witnessed by over 2 million YouTube subscribers, the Wong Fu Productions boys are moving on to bigger things.
No, they haven’t decided to break up. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Earlier in February this year, the boys surprised their YouTube followers when they officially announced that they’d be working on their feature film soon. Wong Fu Productions (Philip Wang, Ted Fu, and Wesley Chan) released this video upon the announcement:
The initial idea was to raise USD200,000 for their movie but by March, they managed to raise a whopping total of USD358,308 on Indiegogo. An achievement within an achievement, they didn’t only manage to raise more than intended, but it also made their project currently the 4th-best funded film on Indiegogo.
Of course, the followers and fans who donated will not “go home empty handed”. Some scored exclusive autographed items from the then-would-be Wong Fu Productions feature film set, while a few others who bagged personal calls from the boys. 2 fans got speaking roles in the movies and 4 others stand to claim Disneyland trips with Wong Fu Productions. Believe it or not, there was even one person who snagged a “Wong Fu Wedding”! Good times.
What’s left for them to do next was to get the production going:
You’re probably wondering what the feature film’s story will be based on. Well, the film’s plot focuses on two couples at different stages of their relationships, set in a world where “all relationship activity is documented and monitored by the Department of Emotional Integrity (DEI)” and is assigned a number like a credit score.
Oh, and as for the official title, there has been no news of that yet. According to co-founder Philip Wang, they’re still working on it.
The young couple is played by Victoria Park and Brandon Soo Hoo while the rest of the principal cast includes a mix of familiar names and new faces such as Randall Park, Ki Hong Lee, Chris Riedell, Aaron Yoo, Joanna Sotomura, and Brittany Ishibashi. You might recognise some of these names from their guest appearances in Wong Fu Productions’ past videos.
Shooting has officially wrapped up and as we speak, it’s in post-production. However, TIME has provided an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the making of the feature film.
Watch it here:
Sounds exciting? Needless to say, we’re super excited and we want to see it!
For now, the feature film will sit in post-production for another 3 – 4 months. Following which, the team plans to submit the film to various festivals while working out details of a release plan. As for Wong Fu Productions fans who are in Malaysia (or just about anywhere in the region), fret not. We’re pretty sure it’ll be made available in DVD form, which you will be able to purchase after the release.
For more information and more timely updates on Wong Fu Productions’ feature film, stalk them here.