Category: Singapore

ILO ILO 爸媽不在家 (2013)

Ilo Ilo is the first Singapore feature film to win a Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Anthony Chen has done the tiny city state proud and he has deservingly been showered with significant local media attention lately. There is even a film screening dedicated to the short films of Anthony Chen. I have personally attended a film […]

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That Girl in Pinafore 《我的朋友,我的同学,我爱过的一切》(2013)

That Girl in Pinafore played to a two-thirds full audience in the cinema which is quite an achievement for a non-Jack Neo film. I noticed that most of the audience are schooling teens or folks in their thirties like myself. It is not unexpected given that the story reminds me of my own teenage years growing up along with Xinyao, […]

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The World’s Richest City

Al-Jazeera has produced a commendable documentary that looks at how Singapore is coping with the influx of the rich and its economic policies: Singapore is a playground for the mega rich; the place to park their wealth. As people get more affluent, they want to look at more luxury items, better homes, better cars, and better yachts. Billionaires, tycoons and […]

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Karang Guni by Anthony Chen

Most Singaporeans are familiar with Karang Guni uncles who come by once in a while to collect old newspapers and clothes. But few of us actually ponder about the life of a Karang Guni man. Anthony Chen not only took on the iconic Karang Guni man as his protagonist, he introduces an unexpected antagonist in the form of a dejected […]

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Ah Ma (Grandma) By Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen’s Ah Ma is a touching short film which reminds me of my grandfather before he passed away at the hospice. The short film won a Short Film Special Distinction at Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

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Taxi! Taxi! 《德士当家》(2013)

Taxi! Taxi! 《德士当家》(2013)

Very often, good stories come from true events. Taxi! Taxi! is a good example of a movie that is inspired by famed blogger Dr Cai Mingjie’s real life accounts as a taxi driver in his bestseller “Diary of a Taxi Driver: True Stories From Singapore’s Most Educated Cabdriver”. In the movie directed by Kelvin Sng, Gurmit Singh plays Professor Chua, […]

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Roulette City 輪盤

I am writing this review with mixed feelings. There are things I like about the made-in-Macau feature film by first time Singaporean director Thomas Lim but it also brought to light multiple issues of low budget filmmaking. When I sat down in Golden Village’s cinema in Great World City, I noticed there were only a handful of audiences. It seems […]

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When Hainan Meets Teochew 《当海南遇上潮州》

When Hainan Meets Teochew 《当海南遇上潮州》

The lower barriers of entry for filmmakers globally has also led to a proliferation of local films in Singapore. Where local film releases used to be a rarity, we are now seeing back-to-back film releases in cinemas recently. While this is encouraging for the almost “non-existent” Singapore film industry, I personally felt that few locally-made movies actually make the cut. […]

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我愛你愛你愛你 Forever the Movie Official MTV

Love this soundtrack. This music video is not only a marketing video for the movie, 我愛你愛你愛你 Forever (Wo Ai Ni Ai Ni Ai Ni Forever), it is actually the opening sequence and an important “prop” in the romantic comedy film. Directed by Wee Li Lin who is well known for her short films in Singapore, the film features talented first-time […]

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The Secret Heaven (2002)

The Secret Heaven (2002)

Wonderful short film by Sun Koh. Funny but poignant at the same time. Winner of – 1. Silver Hugo (Short Narrative 15 minutes and over), 38th Chicago International Film Festival, 2002 2. Best Director 2002 (Short Film Competition), 15th Singapore International Film Festival, 2002 3. Prix Du Public Du Meilluer Court Metrage 2002 (Audience Grand Prix for Best Short Film […]

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