Trailer for "667"

""667" is a journey. A journey through time, countries, generations and stories. Through the eyes of 5 filmmakers, we get a glimpse of their journey, thereby rediscovering and reinterpreting our understanding of chinese culture."

Commissioned by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, and produced by award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan, 667 is an anthology of shorts by local film directors – Eva Tang (The Songs We Sang), He Shuming (And The Wind Falls), Kirsten Tan (POP AYE), Liao Jiekai (Red Dragonflies) with Boo Junfeng (Apprentice), and Jun Chong, who is debuting his first film.

Featuring five short stories of the reflections, interpretations and perspectives of these Singaporean filmmakers as they go on a journey in search of their cultural roots and how they make Singapore home, the omnibus seamlessly weaves the past and present as generations seek to understand, appreciate, preserve and pass on our heritage.

Tickets for the screening on May 25th is currently available to purchase online (SG$15 per). The 6 directors will be in attendance on this date for a Q&A session held in conjunction with the screening. The venue is the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium @ 1 Straits Boulevard Singapore 018906.


“Kungfu Fighter, Hidden Sugar” - #letsbeatdiabetes Singapore Campaign

Folks around the world have their personal impressions of the Singapore Government’s “constant” media campaigns to tell their citizens what to do or not to do, to Be Courteous, or To Speak Manadarin, or To Save Water etc - which frankly I am okay with, as folks NEED to be “reminded”, now and again - plus points too, especially if the campaign is effectively “well done” … and one of such a campaign (IMHO), was the recent Fight Against Diabetes, launched circa Chinese Lunar New Year, to combat diabetes!

Kungfu Fighter, Hidden Sugar” sees an elaborate classic king-fu setting, with a lone fighter against the forces of SUGAR, in attempting to influence a family’s meal.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Communications and Information, with the project produced by Tribal Worldwide Singapore, I’d hazard to guess the “budget” gone into the production, but the result is pretty spectacular, and offers up a cinematic treat, which literally shows that such a production is achievable here! “Budget” notwithstanding, of course :)

Check out the 90-seconder spot featured up top, and two 5-second spots, featured below.

Half the Tart, Double the Huat

Eat less Bak Kwa, Health is Wealth

(Images & Info via campaignbriefasia.com)


Singapore International Film Festival 2016 (No 23-Dec 4, 2016)

With over 160 films spread across 12 days and 10 partner venues, the 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival will run from 23 November to 4 December. Get your tickets now at sgiff.com, and stay connected via their Facebook / Twitter @sgiffest / Instagram @sgiffest.

One of the highlights of the event is AN EVENING WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY - where director Darren Aronofsky will be in attendance at the screening of PI (25 Nov, Fri | 7.00pm | National Museum of Singapore / Buy Tickets), and as well a MASTERCLASS WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY (25 Nov, Fri | 3.00pm | ArtScience Museum), which has since been listed as “FULL”.

I will always have the fondest memories of Singapore’s Film Fest in the mid-90s to early-2000s, when I was neck-deep in the scene - as both a captivated audience viewer, and as well (eventually) plying my trade in the local tv and film industry then … remembering the rush(s) from Shaw Center back to Majestic Cinema for back-to-back screenings (ALWAYS had to be my fav picks too), the much vaulted feeling of a rat brush past my feet as nudity flashed on-screen in "Mee Pok Man", a (most probably) drunk Chris Doyle rambling on, standing beside the always-shades-wearing Wong Ka Wai on stage in Capitol Theatre at the screening of "Happy Together" (and not having enough courage to ask them a question that had plagued my entire film-life fascination with their work then lol) … and of countless non-English/Western films which helped shaped my psyche back when it could still be shaped. A lifetime ago, and seemed like a generation or two ago...

With no disposable income or financial resources to lend against, and having left the industry a near decade ago, I had since stopped having any further film-fest-adventures for too long a time to remember, past the nostalgia I carry with me, whenever my memories wander back to the days of wonder and being embraced in the celluloid world of faux emotions, and of the beautiful turmoil within my real life emotions...

I still remember watching "Pi" on DVD, and then exchanging it with my Editor-friend then Sean (with whatever DVD film I’d forgotten about now) … yes, memories are made of things forever lost and remembered.


Football-centric Short Films by Jacen Tan - “Homeground” and “Tak Giu” (“Kick Ball”)

“Homeground” is a love letter to playing spaces we call home, and a tribute to Singapore's weekend warriors. This 23-minuter documentary film is directed by Jacen Tan (director of short film, “Tak Giu” - shown below!) at hosaywood.com, with this being a Winner of POSB StoryTellers Grant 2015.

"Jacen, an avid football fan, saw Singapore as a football nation where even the tiniest of spaces give way to his love of the sport. He dedicated this film to tell the stories of the different spaces where Singaporeans play football - pitches, basketball courts, void decks and many other spaces, zooming in on each of the players, sharing their experiences, why they love the sport and their homeground." (Read more on bitly.com/homeground_YT / Facebook)
(*in mixed Mandarin & English / Singlish language with Eng subs)


Trailer & Poster for LULU THE MOVIE 露露的电影 - Premieres November 24th

From one of her fictional personas created for “The Noose” on MediaCorp’s Channel 5, Michelle Chong’s ever-fashionable and our favourite “*P.R.C.” comes to the big screen in her debut film “LULU THE MOVIE 露露的电影”!

Written and directed by Michelle Chong, starring herself as “Lulu”, this Huat Films Production hits cinemas worldwide on November 24th, 2016.

PLOT: "Lulu The Movie is a comedy about a determined Chinese lady named Lulu who comes to Singapore to meet her online lover, but after being disappointed by what he turns out to be, she decides to make it on her own and succeeds in becoming an international fashion icon and mogul." (IMDb)

It's not just fortune which is arriving this CNY. Lulu the movie is-a coming too! #luluthemovie #michellechong #huatfilms #director #actress #producer

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“*P.R.C.” = “People’s Republic of China” = a somewhat derogatory Singa-slang for folks from China