FILMS

A filmmaker in search of unreturned Japanese soldiers, a mega rock star on a world tour, an unscrupulous filmmaker that wants you to see him as so, a local hawker turned martial arts avenger and a pimp with a heart of gold. The film selection represents a disparate gathering of characters upon this city-state. Thrown into the mix is the island’s many uncanny portrayals alongside these foreign and local men’s encountering of Singapore.

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IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA (MIKIKAN-HEI O OTTE: MAREI-HEN)
IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA Film Still: Courtesy of Wide House

Synopsis

Japanese film director Shohei Imamura follows one false lead after another as he tries to locate the unreturned Japanese in Singapore and Malaysia. These wrong turns take the filmmaker on a tour through the complexities of post-war Malaya, and allow him the time to air his outrage with the Japanese military’s conduct in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on the 1942 Sook Ching massacre.

Information

  • Year: 1971
  • Director: Shohei Imamura
  • Runtime: 51 minutes
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rating: PG

Screenings

8 Jan, Sun, 6pm
4 Feb, Sat, 6pm

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The Wild Eye (L'OCCHIO SELVAGGIO)
The Wild Eye Film Still: Courtesy of Rewind Film S.R.L.

Synopsis

An ambitious, cynical director plunges his crew and lover into constant danger and depravity as they travel around the world, including Singapore, in search of the new cinematic sensation. Dramatising and satirising the world of the Mondo film (from the Italian word for “world”), this drama examines the ethics of filmmaking as it chronicles the detached way in which a documentary maker exploits the misery of his subjects.

Information

  • Year: 1967
  • Director: Paolo Cavara
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Rating: M18 (Some Nudity)

Screenings

8 Jan, Sun, 8pm
5 Feb, Sun, 6pm

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RING OF FURY (血指环)
RING OF FURY Film Still: Courtesy of Peter Chong

Synopsis

Inspired by the kungfu craze sparked by Bruce Lee in the 1970s, Singapore’s first and only martial arts film is a stylish tale of a humble noodle-seller turned pugilist battling against gangsters led by a man in an iron mask. Starring local karate master Peter Chong, Ring of Fury was famously banned before it could be released for its portrayal of gangsterism at a time when Singapore was aggressively ‘cleaning up’.

Information

  • Year: 1973
  • Director: Tony Yeow and
    James Sebastian
  • Runtime: 78 Minutes
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Subtitles: English & Chinese
  • Rating: PG (Some Violence)

Screenings

7 Jan, Sat, 9pm
26 Jan, Thu, 7pm
3 Feb, Fri, 8pm

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Ricochet
Ricochet Film Still: Ricochet (1984, Gerry Troyna)

Synopsis

In December 1983, David Bowie’s massive ‘Serious Moonlight ‘ tour arrived in Asia for three shows in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, virtually uncharted territory for major rock acts at the time. The resulting triptych depicts Bowie’s strange encounters with other cultures in a hybrid documentary-fiction-diary film. In Singapore, he grapples with the city’s contradictions, befriending Chinese opera performers, drifting through alienating shopping malls, culminating in the troubled, almost cancelled concert in the National Stadium.

Information

  • Year: 1984
  • Director: Gerry Troyna
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Rating: M18 (Some Nudity and Brief Coarse Language)

Screenings

6 JAN, FRI, 8pm
5 FEB, SUN, 9pm

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Saint Jack
Saint Jack Film Still: Courtesy of New Horizons Picture Corp

Synopsis

As a savvy American pimp trying to make his fortune in Singapore, Jack Flowers oscillates between the hot humid world of the Chinese triads and the sordid opulence of his Western customers. Adapted from a 1973 novel by Paul Theroux, the film essentially depicts a man’s desire to forge a reasonably honorable life in a dishonorable profession. As the first Hollywood movie to be filmed entirely on location in Singapore, it was also famously banned for decades in Singapore because of its unsavoury portrayal of the nation-state in the 1970s.

Information

  • Year: 1979
  • Director: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Rating: M18 (Some Nudity)

Screenings

7 Jan, Sat, 5pm
24 Jan, Tue, 7pm
4 Feb, Sat, 8pm

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Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute
Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute Film Still: Courtesy of Wide House

Synopsis

A film about another kind of “unreturned soldier” Shohei Imamura has profiled elsewhere, the film finds the filmmaker traveling to Malaysia to interview Kukuyo Zendo, one of the countless Japanese women who were kidnapped or otherwise sold into sexual slavery in order to service the Japanese military in Southeast Asia.

74 years old at the time of filming, she offers a frank and harrowing testimony into her horrific wartime experiences, and the factors that have led her to choose exile over repatriation.

Information

  • Year: 1975
  • Director: Shohei Imamura
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rating: PG

Screenings

2 Feb, Thu, 8pm

IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA

IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA Film Still: Courtesy of Wide House

Japanese film director Shohei Imamura follows one false lead after another as he tries to locate the unreturned Japanese in Singapore and Malaysia. These wrong turns take the filmmaker on a tour through the complexities of post-war Malaya, and allow him the time to air his outrage with the Japanese military’s conduct in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on the 1942 Sook Ching massacre.

Information

  • Year: 1971
  • Director: Shohei Imamura
  • Runtime: 51 minutes
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rating: PG

Screenings

8 Jan, Sun, 6pm
4 Feb, Sat, 6pm

The Wild Eye

The Wild Eye Film Still: Courtesy of Rewind Film S.R.L.

An ambitious, cynical director plunges his crew and lover into constant danger and depravity as they travel around the world, including Singapore, in search of the new cinematic sensation. Dramatising and satirising the world of the Mondo film (from the Italian word for “world”), this drama examines the ethics of filmmaking as it chronicles the detached way in which a documentary maker exploits the misery of his subjects.

Information

  • Year: 1967
  • Director: Paolo Cavara
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Rating: M18 (Some Nudity)

Screenings

8 Jan, Sun, 8pm
5 Feb, Sun, 6pm

RING OF FURY

RING OF FURY Film Still: Courtesy of Peter Chong

Inspired by the kungfu craze sparked by Bruce Lee in the 1970s, Singapore’s first and only martial arts film is a stylish tale of a humble noodle-seller turned pugilist battling against gangsters led by a man in an iron mask. Starring local karate master Peter Chong, Ring of Fury was famously banned before it could be released for its portrayal of gangsterism at a time when Singapore was aggressively ‘cleaning up’.

Information

  • Year: 1973
  • Director: Tony Yeow and
    James Sebastian
  • Runtime: 78 Minutes
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Subtitles: English & Chinese
  • Rating: PG (Some Violence)

Screenings

7 Jan, Sat, 9pm
26 Jan, Thu, 7pm
3 Feb, Fri, 8pm

Ricochet

Ricochet Film Still: Ricochet (1984, Gerry Troyna)

In December 1983, David Bowie’s massive ‘Serious Moonlight ‘ tour arrived in Asia for three shows in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, virtually uncharted territory for major rock acts at the time. The resulting triptych depicts Bowie’s strange encounters with other cultures in a hybrid documentary-fiction-diary film. In Singapore, he grapples with the city’s contradictions, befriending Chinese opera performers, drifting through alienating shopping malls, culminating in the troubled, almost cancelled concert in the National Stadium.

Information

  • Year: 1984
  • Director: Gerry Troyna
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Rating: M18 (Some Nudity and Brief Coarse Language)

Screenings

6 JAN, FRI, 8pm
5 FEB, SUN, 9pm

Saint Jack

Saint Jack Film Still: Courtesy of New Horizons Picture Corp

As a savvy American pimp trying to make his fortune in Singapore, Jack Flowers oscillates between the hot humid world of the Chinese triads and the sordid opulence of his Western customers. Adapted from a 1973 novel by Paul Theroux, the film essentially depicts a man’s desire to forge a reasonably honorable life in a dishonorable profession. As the first Hollywood movie to be filmed entirely on location in Singapore, it was also famously banned for decades in Singapore because of its unsavoury portrayal of the nation-state in the 1970s.

Information

  • Year: 1979
  • Director: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Rating: M18 (Some Nudity)

Screenings

7 Jan, Sat, 5pm
24 Jan, Tue, 7pm
4 Feb, Sat, 8pm

Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute

Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute Film Still: Courtesy of Wide House

A film about another kind of “unreturned soldier” Shohei Imamura has profiled elsewhere, the film finds the filmmaker traveling to Malaysia to interview Kukuyo Zendo, one of the countless Japanese women who were kidnapped or otherwise sold into sexual slavery in order to service the Japanese military in Southeast Asia.

74 years old at the time of filming, she offers a frank and harrowing testimony into her horrific wartime experiences, and the factors that have led her to choose exile over repatriation.

Information

  • Year: 1975
  • Director: Shohei Imamura
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rating: PG

Screenings

2 Feb, Thu, 8pm