If there is a sequel to cycling movie To The Fore, Director Dante Lam will consider shooting in Singapore, he said at a group interview when he and Korean heartthrob Choi Siwon were in town for the film’s gala premiere last week.

Lam (Unbeatable, 2013; Beast Stalker, 2008) said that he had initially considered Singapore as one of the filming locations for To The Fore, but due to budget constraints, and it being easier to concentrate most of the locations in Taiwan, he had to be “pickier”.

Director Dante Lam said that he would consider filming in Singapore if there is a sequel to To The Fore.

Director Dante Lam said that he would consider filming in Singapore if there is a sequel to To The Fore.

The film, which stars hunks Eddie Peng, Choi Siwon and Shawn Dou, also features a range of picturesque locations such as the roads in Taiwan and Italy, stadiums in South Korea and Hong Kong, and a desert in China.

The finale takes place in a desert in China. Credit: GVP

The finale takes place in a desert in China. Credit: GVP

When asked where in Singapore he would consider filming, he said: “I always thought that it would be cool to film in the city, like a Formula 1 race… If there is a sequel, I would seriously consider Singapore.”

Lam and Choi attended a press conference at the ArtScience Museum last Wednesday, shortly before meeting fans at the Marina Bay Sands’ ice-skating rink and a gala premiere event later that evening in Plaza Singapura.

Choi and Dante at a press call for To The Fore at the ArtScience Musuem.

Choi and Dante at a press call for To The Fore at the ArtScience Musuem.

Choi, who was dapper in a dusk blue jacket, white shirt, white jeans and grey tussle loafers, shared that he became good friends with Taiwanese Canadian Peng, who plays his arch rival in To The Fore.

“He’s like a brother to me… You know how people make friends during filming but never contact each other again afterwards? We still talk to each other on the phone,” said Choi with a laugh.

He recalled that the first time they filmed together was in 40 degrees weather in Kenting, Taiwan. Choi was instructed to change and charge uphill. Each dash was at least 1km in length and the director told Choi to do more than six of them while the cameras were rolling, shared Choi. “I was like, ‘Really?’ Eddie said, ‘That’s Dante.'”

Much of the filming takes place in Taiwan. Credit: GVP

Much of the filming takes place in Taiwan. Credit: GVP

The movie is about a competitive cycling team led by Korean attacker Zheng Zhiyuan, who receives all the honour and glory despite team effort from his domestiques Chou Ming and Qiu Tian. Chou Ming and Qiu Tian decide to strike it out on their own as sprinters, but instead of achieving success, are haunted by defeat and humiliation because of their teams’ weak domestiques. But all is not lost. When Chou and Qiu meet a former team mentor, the three decide to unite and form an amateur cycling team, and rediscover the pleasure and thrill of riding. Until Zheng wages war on the amateur team, that is. Will the underdog triumph?

Watch the trailer here.