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Downplaying the politics

Joan Chen talks about the making of soon-to-air HBO series Serangoon Road, in which she stars, and her love of old buildings

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Singapore in the early 1960s. Political and racial tensions are escalating as the British prepare to withdraw from one of their oldest colonies. Members of cut-throat Chinese secret societies share the same back streets as well-paid European expats slumming it in the island's fleshpots. This is the backdrop to Serangoon Road, HBO Asia's first original series. 

Co-produced with Australia's ABC TV, the series gets its Thailand premiere this Sunday. Heading the cast is Hollywood star Joan Chen, whose beauty and acting expertise lifts the drama to another level.

"When I was first given the script, I read it and found it very engaging," said the Chinese-born 52-year-old, who turned up for the interview sporting a fetching black mini.

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