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Review of COWBOYS IN PARADISE

While we await some commercial Singapore film offerings from established filmmakers like Jack Neo and Kelvin Tong to hit our screens early this year, here comes along a documentary gem which is made by a Singapore-based filmmaker. I've a personal... More »
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An Interview with BLOOD TIES Director CHAI Yee-wei

CHAI Yee-wei is quite the prolific short-film maker in Singapore, having made a number of shorts that have won various awards both locally and abroad. He now joins the ranks of those from Singapore making the leap into feature filmmaking... More »
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DVD Review of Royston Tan's LITTLE NOTE

"If we could just release this fear of the unknown, we would have boundless courage to accomplish the unimaginable" - Royston TanAfter two hectic years of shooting and releasing two successful feature films - 881 and 12 Lotus - almost back to back, Royston had... More »
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Review of BLOOD TIES

I had developed a keen interest in CHAI Yee-wei's body of short films, besides personal reasons that my friends and I did go up against his many years back in a competition (no guesses needed to know who won of... More »
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A Singapore Film in Pusan - Glen Goei's THE BLUE MANSION

Singapore director Glen Goei’s upcoming film, The Blue Mansion has been selected to open in the "Window on Asian Cinema" at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) this year. Glen’s first feature film That’s The Way I Like It... More »
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Trailer for BLOOD TIES

It's been somewhat quiet on the Singapore front, but here's something that should interest you Twitch folks! Some years ago a group of friends and I dabbled with short film making, plunging ourselves headlong into an insane 48 hour competition.... More »
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Review of BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE

Jeon Ji-Hyun, now known as Gianna for this international film, trades her demure demeanour for something that action junkies will probably find reason to cheer about - having a beautiful heroine kick some serious butt with her near-invincibility and possessing... More »
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Review of FIREBALL

Rather than Fireball: Muay Thai Dunk (yes the Singapore release had this additional subtitle), this could have been more aptly titled as Firebrawl: Anything Goes, and I mean that in a nice way. We know enough of how sports and... More »
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SIFF '09: THIS TOO SHALL PASS Review

While Sell Out! had comedic segments on death, dealing with the desire to film those whose life is about to expire for a reality show, This Too Shall Pass was quite uncanny in that it resembled that kind of film... More »
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SIFF '09: WHITE DAYS Review

White Days by director LOOI Wan Ping is more of an experimental feature, being raw, unscripted, shot in black and white and like all most independent filmmakers in Singapore, enjoy liberal use of the still camera coupled with long takes.... More »
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SIFF '09: DADA'S DANCE Review

When Li Xinyun comes on screen as titular character Dada in the very first minute, you could almost hear a collective gasp amongst the audience. She looks like a cross between Vicky Zhao and Shu Qi, more the latter thanks... More »
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SIFF '09: BROTHER NO. 2 Review

Like James Leong and Lynn Lee's Passabe, Jason Lai's documentary Brother No. 2 touches on similar themes of reconciliation, but not just after atrocities committed in a village, but an entire nation with almost 2 million perishing under the Khmer... More »
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SIFF '09: BREATHLESS Review

If there's one thing I learnt / have reinforced after the movie, is how ubiquitous the Korean swear word which sounds phonetically like "shee-bal" can actually be. It's more versatile than the English language's F-word, and the Korean one can... More »
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SIFF '09: MALAYSIAN GODS Review

During the mini-seminar session, director Amir Muhammad mentioned that Malaysian Gods had been passed without cuts back home, but also not permitted to be publicly screened. It's no surprise to this as he admitted, given the buzz the authorities had... More »
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Review of Dante Lam's SNIPER

If not for the sex picture scandal, this film would have been released about a year ago, and would likely have solidified Edison Chen's position as box office draw given his stellar performance in the crime-action flick like Dog Bite... More »
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Another RED CLIFF II Review

It's been a six month wait for the second and final half to John Woo's magnum opus Red Cliff, and for those familiar with the classic but have not watched the first installment, the director doesn't waste time in bringing... More »
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Review of LADY COP AND PAPA CROOK

The success of the Infernal Affairs series, and high profile projects like Confession of Pain would have made Felix Chong and Alan Mak household names in the Hong Kong crime thriller genre. Their latest offering with Lady Cop and Papa... More »
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Review of GHAJINI

The tattoos on the body, the Polaroid snaps, the notes scattered around the house, and the smoking gun evidence? Short term memory loss, happening every 15 minutes. If this doesn't seem like Christopher Nolan's masterpiece Memento, then I don't know... More »
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DVD Review of Asian Film Archive's SINGAPORE SHORTS VOL 2

It was in 2005 that the Asian Film Archive issued the first DVD collection from its archives entitled Singapore Shorts Volume 1, and given its title, you'd come to expect more from this particular anthology series to emerge. It's been... More »
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Review of QUANTUM OF SOLACE

While many have applauded the new direction that James Bond has taken with Casino Royale, the same would likely be scratching their heads wondering at Quantum of Solace, not only is the title bewildering on the surface, but the film... More »
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