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SIFF 2008 - An Interview with Lionel CHOK, Producer of To Speak

This year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. So far we’ve gone through a series of... More »
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SIFF 2008 - An Interview with James LEONG and Lynn LEE, Directors of Homeless FC

This year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. I came to experience James and Lynn’s documentaries... More »
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SIFF 2008 - An Interview with Sherman ONG, Screenwriter-Director of Hashi

This year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Sherman Ong will present... More »
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Review of AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS

I guess a new Hong Kong trend is emerging. I recall that as a kid, there was the Mr Vampire movie, which spawned a slew of Chinese vampire movies in its wake. Then there was John Woo's A Better Tomorrow,... More »
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SIFF 2008 - An Interview with ENG Yee Peng, Director of Diminishing Memories II

This year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. ENG Yee Peng had made a documentary about... More »
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SIFF 2008 - An Interview with HAN Yew Kwang, Writer-Director of 18 Grams of Love

This year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. Back in 2006, HAN Yew Kwang released a... More »
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SIFF 2008 - An Interview with Kan Lume, Writer-Director of Dreams From The Third World

This year’s Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. One of Singapore’s more prolific independent directors, Kan... More »
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SIFF '08: Exclusive Look at Kan Lume's DREAMS FROM THE THIRD WORLD

This year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), into its 21st edition, runs from 4th to 14th April, and features an unprecedented 13 local feature films and documentaries in a Singapore Panorama section. One of Singapore's more prolific independent directors, Kan... More »
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Review of SLAM

I guess in movies with sports themes, it is never really much about the goal and the destination, but rather the journey the characters take in finding strengths amongst themselves, shore up weaknesses and collectively present and mount a challenge,... More »
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Review of RULE #1

I'm sure some of you out there would conveniently associate Kelvin Tong's reputation with the dismal Men in White, forgetting that the writer-director had his success stories in his earlier works Eating Air and The Maid. You can tell clearly... More »
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SLAM The Movie Official Website

Jay Chou's Kung Fu Dunk's not the only one in Asia this 2008 to deal with basketball. A Singaporean production house, Crimson Forest Films, had apparently gone to China to shoot a basketball movie centered around adolescent youths, and is... More »
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Review of AH LONG PTE LTD

You cannot deny the carbon copy of its premise with that of the Korean franchise My Wife is a Gangster, and here we have Singaporean's Fann Wong (Shanghai Knights) join the ranks of Shin Eun-Kyung, Zhang Ziyi and Shu Qi... More »
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KUNG FU DUNK Review

This project was originally conceived as the movie version of popular Japanese manga SlamDunk! and that's not something new to Jay Chou, who made his movie debut playing a character from another wildly popular manga Initial D. Along the way,... More »
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Ah Long Pte Ltd Website Goes Live!

First Singapore movie to go off the blocks in 2008 is Jack Neo's Ah Long Pte Ltd, though the film seems to have taken a major leaf out of Korea's My Wife is a Gangster series, of course done with... More »
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Review: ASSEMBLY

Feng Xiaogang's Assembly was the opening film at last year's Pusan International Film Festival, and tickets were sold out in record time once they were made available online. Such is the faith (or curiosity) of the new film from the... More »
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Review: LINGER

A romance movie may be simple to make, but also amongst the most difficult. Almost every other movie out there has a romantic angle in it, and if the movie is one that has it as a primary, it either... More »
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THE WARLORDS... Another Review

Two's a company and three's a crowd. In movieland, that is almost always true, with no black and white, but with shades of grey instead. Of late, period or martial chivalry movies either look aesthetically beautiful like Zhang Yimou's trilogy... More »
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Stefan's MEGA-ToM! (Twitch-O-Meter turns 50, part six)

Once more it's Ardvark here, introducing the next in a persistent bombardment of 50 MEGA-ToM articles. This entry will be written by Stefan Shih. Stefan is our contributor in the lovely (and clean!) city-state of Singapore. As such he has... More »
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THE TATTOOIST Review

"He needs a doctor." "No, he needs a tattoo!" And with that comes the chuckles when the latter line is uttered by Singaporean actor Gerald Chew. The Tattooist is the second New Zealand horror movie to hit our screens... More »
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Yasmin Ahmad's MUKHSIN on DVD

Mukhsin, Yasmin Ahmad's movie which won 2 awards at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, is now available on DVD and with English subtitles, published by Dragon Jester, a Malaysian company. The menus are in Malay, but those who English... More »
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