Take a film about assassins in Hollywood. You might think of Uma Thurman brandishing a Samurai sword or a sultry Angelina Jolie and Brad Bitt in Mr & Mrs Smith. In Malaysia’s forthcoming indie film, Take Me To Dinner, the assassins are not quite so glamorous – but that doesn’t make them any less compelling.

Starring Patrick Teoh, Take Me To Dinner is the story of Edward, an aging hit man who decides to retire after falling in love. But first, he must have a final dinner with fellow assassins. The film is set in KL and also stars Susan Lankester (as the love interest), Thor Kah Hoong, Ben Tan, U-En Ng, Michael Chen, Loo Jia-Wei, Na’a Murad and Chew Kin Wah.

Take Me To Dinner marks Gavin Yap’s directorial debut for the big screen. It is presented by Garang Pictures, who also recently brought us Cuak. In an amazing feat of production, the film was shot in just 12 days. Key scenes are shot inside The Coliseum, the colonial era steak house on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman that dates back to the 1920’s.

Yap, who is known as an actor in film and theatre, revealed that he first cast the film and fixed the shoot dates before even coming up with the storyline. The decision to work with older characters was deliberate. “I find older characters more interesting because once you reach a certain point in your life it becomes about the important questions. What have you done with your life? Where are you going?”

Take Me To Dinner promises to dish up an intriguing platter of love, death, friendship and redemption. So… who’s hungry?

Ling Low

Take Me To Dinner is released at selected GSC cinemas on 13 March. Watch the trailer here.