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Little Girl of Hanoi
by Hai Ninh


Asian Film Archive Collection: Singapore Shorts Vol. 2


Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing)
by Azharr Rudin

Call If You Need Me
by James Lee

All My Failed Attempts
by Tan Chui Mui

Malaysian Gods
by Amir Muhammad

Things We Do When We Fall In Love
by James Lee

The Big Durian
by Amir Muhammad

6horts
by Amir Muhammad

Yasmin Ahmad's Films (Book)
by Amir Muhammad

The Gamble
by Luu Trong Ninh

Love For Share
by Nia Dinata

The Four: Short Films
by Woo Ming Jin

Flower In the Pocket 
by Liew Seng Tat


DV Shorts
by James Lee


Love Conquers All 
by Tan Chui Mui

Waiting for Love 
by James Lee

Before We Fall in Love Again 
by James Lee

When The Tenth Month Comes
by Dang Nhat Minh

Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films
by Rey Chow

Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia
by Aruna Vasudev, Latika Padgaonkar, Rashmi Doraiswamy

3 Short Films
by Tan Chui Mui

The Traveling Circus
by Viet Linh

Nostalgia for the Countryside
by Dang Nhat Minh

The Elephant And The Sea
by Woo Ming Jin


The Pirate and The Emperor's Ship
by Khoo Eng Yow

 


 
Asian Film Archive Collection: Singapore Shorts Vol. 2
Format: DVD
Published: Asian Film Archive 
SGD$29.95
(for private home use)



Singapore Shorts Vol. 2 is the second installment in our anthology of culturally important Singapore short films. There are a total of 9 short films:

A Family Portrait / Un Retrato De Familia (2004) directed by Boo Junfeng
Absence (1997) directed by K. Rajagopal
Autopsy (2007) directed by Loo Zihan
Gourmet Baby (2001) directed by Sandi Tan
Imelda Goes to Singapore (2006) directed by Brian Gothong Tan
Labour of Love – The Housewife (1974-1979) directed by Rajendra Gour
Match Made (2006) directed by Mirabelle Ang
Wet Season (2007) directed by Michael Tay Hong Khoon
Yesterday’s Play (2005) directed by Ryan Tan Wei Liang
 
PAL, All regions, M18, ISBN: 978-981-08-1557-8

Audio: English, Mandarin, Tamil, Malayalam, Spanish, Teochew, Vietnamese, Tagalog.
Subtitles: English
In Colour and Black & White
Approximate Running Time: 133 minutes

Bonus features:
  • Audio commentaries by Boo Junfeng, Brian Gothong Tan, Cleo Clara, K. Rajagopal, Lim Kay Tong, Loo Zihan, Michael Tay, Mirabelle Ang, Nora Samosir, Rajendra Gour, Ryan Tan, Sharon Loh
  • Restored audio of Labour of Love - The Housewife by Rajendra Gour using tools to improve the sound-to-noise ratio and to reduce clicks, pops, hiss and crackle
  • Directors' notes
  • Gallery of film stills

"Vital evidence of the excellent work being done in Singapore." Dave Kehr, renowned film critic.

"Carefully curated from its ever expanding archives, this collection features some of the most exciting lineup of creative works from established filmmakers, as well as the up and coming rising stars that one should start to take note of....the Asian Film Archive's Singapore Shorts Volume 2 makes itself a must-have for any film aficionado with a thirst for Singapore films." - Stefan Shih, http://anutshellreview.blogspot.com

More features on Singapore Shorts Vol. 2 website :
Storyboards | Essays by scholars and critics

Also check out Singapore Shorts Vol. 1 and Royston's Shorts
 
DV Shorts by James Lee
Format: DVD
Published: Doghouse73 Pictures 
SGD$25
($75 / $150)


120 minutes of Separation, Reunion, Betrayal and Love This DVD contains 8 short films:

Sunflowers (2000)
Emu Kwan's Tragic Breakfast (2002)
Goodbye (2003)
Teatime With John (2003)
Goodbye to Love (2004)
A Moment of Love (2005)
Bernafas Dalam Lumpur (2005)
Sometimes Love Is Beautiful (2005)

Duration: 131 min Rating: NC16
Language: English, Mandarin, Malay Subtitles: English
 
The Four: Short Films by Woo Ming Jin

Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures 
SGD$25
($75 / $150)


This DVD contains 4 short films:

Blue Roof (2007)
Albert, a security guard in an apartment complex, is a middle aged man who walks with a limp, and is obsessed with collecting news articles on car accidents. Each morning, during his rounds, he goes up to the rooftop, and contemplates suicide. Will he ever jump?

Love For Dogs (2003)
Love for Dogs tells two parallel stories; A construction worker returns to his hometown and tries to reconnect with his daughter after abandoning his family to work in Cambodia. The second story follows Lily, an overweight girl living with her aunt and dealing with the absence of her immediate family.

Catching The Sea (2005)
Catching the Sea is a short film about the lives of several people in a village after a mysterious disease strikes and kills their loved ones. Set in a dilapidating fishing island, the film is about reconciling death and moving on with life.

It's Possible Your Heart Cannot Be Broken (2005) Ah Tat, a dreamy simpleton romantic meets the jaded but equally insecure Apple. Can these two people- obviously completely different yet yearning for the same thing- sustain their relationship?

Duration: 66 min
Rating: PG
Language: Malay / Mandarin
Subtitles: English
 
Flower In the Pocket by Liew Seng Tat

Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures 
SGD$25

Li Ahh and Li Ohm grow up motherless. They are neglected by their father Sui, a workaholic who spends the bulk of his time mending broken mannequins in his workshop. While he shuts himself out from the world, the two brothers roam the streets, get into fights and other troubles in school but for all they want is just love and to be loved.

“A touching and humanistic story that tells a neglected father-and-sons relationship with a sense of humor, while using a simply and beautifully composed cinematic style.” - Dariush MEHRJUIM, Head of Jury & Iranian master cineaste, 12th Pusan International Film Festival

“Flower In The Pocket is constantly, quietly, astonishing. A little film with big, deep pockets, Flower is equal parts childhood idyll, absurdist comedy, gentle social satire and family mystery.” - Shelly Kraicer, Film Programmer of Vancouver Film Festival

New Current Award, 12th Pusan International Film Festival 2007
KNN Audience Award, 12th Pusan VPRO Tiger Award, 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008
«Le Regard d’Or» (Golden Gaze) Award, 22nd FRIBOUR International Film Festival 2008.
Jury prize (Lotus du Jury), 10th Deauville Asian Film Festival 2008
LINO MICCICHE' PESARO NUOVO CINEMA Prize, 44th Pesaro Film Festival 2008

Bonus Materials: a bonus DVD which contains Production Stills, Promo Videos, and The Making of Flower In The Pocket.
Year of Production : 2007
Country of Production : Malaysia
Duration: 97 Minutes
Languages : Mandarin & Malay
 
Waiting for Love by James Lee
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures 
SGD$25

Three scenes about three couples with each portraying maybe the turning point of their relationship. First scene, Lim & Amelia are a couple who had been together for almost five years. While he works as a salesman and trying to save up for marriage, the girl are not sure if he's the one she wants to marry. One day he confronts her about a letter from her admirer. Second scene, Pete & Bernice are a couple who had been together almost ten years. They're not married because he doesn?t believe in marriage. While she tags along, one day she might realizes this may not be the man she wants to end up with. Third scene, we see Amy & Lai are a pair of secret lovers. This maybe their last meeting or maybe not. They may had loved each other in the past they may not now in this scene. This is the third and final part of James Lee's Love Trilogy which takes offers a glimpse of the life of three lovers.

Bonus Material in DVD: a 13 minute short film "Wall" Year of Completion: August 2007 (World Premiere – 12th Pusan International Film Festival)
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 70 Min
Languages: Mandarin & Cantonese
Subtitle: English & Mandarin
Before We Fall in Love Again by James Lee 

Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures 
SGD$25

It has been a month Chang's wife Ling Yue has been missing. With no reasons one fine day she went to work as usual and then never returns. No one knows where she went or what had happened to her. Chang could not figure out why she disappears out of the sudden. She left no message of whatever kind or clues. One day a man named Tong shows up and claims to be Ling Yues lover. Apparently Tong is looking for Ling Yue too. In a turn of event both men formed an uneasy alliance in order to find Ling Yue.

Bonus Material in DVD: Interviews, rehearsal footage, trailer, music video.
Year of Production: 2006
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 99 mins
Language: Mandarin/Cantonese
Subtitle : English & Mandarin
Awards: BEST ASEAN FEATURE FILM-Bangkok International Film Festival 2007.
Love Conquers All by Tan Chui Mui 

Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures 
SGD$25

A love story. At first sight maybe a simple love story. About how blind a girl in love can be. Slowly but unavoidable the story will become less simple, will raise more questions without giving too many answers.

Main character - if not main victim - is Ah Peng (Coral Ong Li Whei). A common girl from Penang. She arrives in some outskirt of Kuala Lumpur to find work in the economy rice stall of her aunt. She is taken in by the family like an older daughter and shares a room with little sister Mei (Leong Jiun Jiun). In a way Mei is the main character - and certainly no victim - of her own love story with a mysterious pen pal. The indolent Ah Peng and the bright and lively Mei get along very well. Like real sisters. Ah Peng has a boy friend in Penang. Regularly she makes her way to the public phones to make her ritual call. Fate has it that just there she attracts the attention of John (Stephen Chua Jyh Shyan). John shamelessly listens in on the conversations between Ah Peng and her boy friend and right there starts a relationship that has to be doomed. John even tells her - in the same shameless way - how to lure a girl into prostitution. But revealing this can not stop this fatal story. (Gertjan Zuilhof)

Winner of Golden Digital Award (31st Hong Kong International Film Festival), VPRO Tiger Award (36th International Film Festival Rotterdam), New Currents Award and FIPRESCI Award (11th Pusan International Film Festival).

"This film is using a known cinematic language in a nice way telling the life of a village girl who is going to a big city to work and face the reality and the morality of our time." – Istvan Szabo (chairman), Bruno Dumont, Abolfazl Jalili, Daniel Yu, Moon So-Ry

"The FIPRESCI jury gives its award to Love Conquers All, for its audacious narrative structure and its intelligent work with sound and image." -Chris Fujiwara (chairman), Susanna Harutyunyan, Helmut Merker, Kim Seemoo 
Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films by Rey Chow

Format: Paperback, 266 pages
Published: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 978-0-231-13333-3
SGD$45

Through nine contemporary Chinese directors (Chen Kaige, Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou, Ann Hui, Peter Chan, Wayne Wang, Ang Lee, Li Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang), Chow proposes that the sentimental is a discursive constellation traversing affect, time, identity, and social mores, a constellation whose contours tends to morph under different historical circumstances and in different genres and media. In contemporary Chinese films, she argues, the sentimental consistently takes the form not of revolution but of compromise, not of radical departure but of moderation, endurance, and accommodation. By naming these films sentimental fabulations—screen artifacts of cultural becoming with irreducible aesthetic, conceptual, and speculative logics of their own—Chow presents Chinese cinema first and foremost as an invitation to the pleasures and challenges of critical thinking.

“[Chow] captivates us with her challenging and refreshing arguments. Highly recommended.”— Library Journal

“A brilliant new book . . . essential for all literary, cinema, and cultural studies scholars.”
— E. Ann Kaplan, Director of the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook
Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia Edited by: Aruna Vasudev, Latika Padgaonkar, Rashmi Doraiswamy

Format: Hardback, 580 pages
Published: Macmillian India Ltd
ISBN: 033-39-3820-8
SGD$36

This collection of essays brings together the history and the current trends in the cinemas of thirty countries of Asia—from Japan to India to Turkey and Kazakhstan to Indonesia. It does not claim to cover the entire region, but by virtue of its sheer scope and diversity of content, necessarily provides a bird’s eyeview of cinema in Asia. It examines the impetus for cinema’s development or the reasons for its stagnation, at different moments as the case may be. It is a telling, and often times, even a sobering picture that emerges through this collection. It offers an approach to Asian cinema, which is serious without being academic, all the while communicating the excitement for a cinema which is yet to be fully explored.
[Please note that the book covers are not in mint condition due to less than favourable delivery from source.]
The Traveling Circus by Viet Linh

Format: DVD, 74 min running time
ALL region, NTSC
English/French/German Subtitles
Rating: NC16
SGD$29.95
(for private home use)

Director Viet Linh tells the bittersweet story of a small traveling circus from Hanoi stopping in an impoverished ethnic minority village in Vietnam’s central highlands. Through the eyes of a village youngster, we witness the magic of the circus, and the naïve hope that illusion can be transformed into reality.

Winner of the UNICEF Jury Prize at the 1991 Berlin Film Festival.
When The Tenth Month Comes by Dang Nhat Minh

Format: DVD, 90 min running time
ALL region, NTSC English/French/German Subtitles
Rating: PG
Sold out
until further notice

A haunting portrait of a woman’s struggle with loss and personal sacrifice during the war. When The Tenth Month Comes is a lyrical vision of the endurance of Vietnamese women from one of Vietnam’s most renowned directors, Dang Nhat Minh. In the final days of the war, a beautiful young woman, Duyen, faces a daily struggle to take care of her young son and ailing father-in-law, all the while hiding from them the fact that her husband has recently been killed in a battle. Keeping her secret burden to herself, she is befriended by the village schoolmaster, Zhang, who agrees to fabricate letters from her dead husband in order to spare her family sorrow. As their friendship deepens, Duyen and Zhang find themselves drawn closer to intimacy. The movie’s title refers to the month in which the “Day of Forgiveness” occurs; a time when it is said that departed souls may visit loved ones still living.

Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 1985 Hawaii International Film Festival.
Voted by CNN in Sep 2008 as one of the best 18 Asian films of all time.
Nostalgia for the Countryside by Dang Nhat Minh

Format: DVD, 116 min running time
ALL region, NTSC English/French/German Subtitles
Rating: PG
SGD$29.95
(for private home use)

Powerful and poetic, Nostalgia for the Countryside explores the tensions and traumas of everyday life in a rural Vietnamese village. The arrival from abroad of Quyen, who fled the village as a small girl, coincides with the sexual awakening of 17-year-old Nham, through whose eyes the story unfolds. While picturesque on the surface, the countryside that Quyen dreamed about turns out to be a landscape of poverty, passion and tragedy – though not without pockets of warmth and humor.

Winner of the NETPAC award at the 1996 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema by Vera, Noel

Format: Paperback, 330 pages
Published: BigO Books (2005)
ISBN: 981-05-3185-0
SB#: 036750
SGD$20

Critic After Dark is a collection of writing by one of the best Filipino critics. It collects a decades worth of Vera’s writing on Philippine Cinema (1994-2004), is divided into five parts; Part 1: Filipino Films, Part 2: Tributes and Festivals, Part 3: Interviews, Part 4: Plays, and Part 5: Catholic Films.

"To those who think there is no more such a thing as film criticism in the Philippines, just read Noel Vera’s reviews and articles."

- Max Tessier, film critic.


Three Short Films by Tan Chui Mui

Format: DVD, 70 min running time
ALL Region, PAL
English subtitles
SGD$20
(for private home use)

This compilation includes A Tree in Tanjung Malim, South of South and Company of Mushrooms.

Tree in Tanjung Malim won the Principal Prize at the 51st Oberhausen International Film Festival and is a fictional autobiography of the filmmaker's youth; Company of mushrooms is a story of a boozy gathering of friends; South of south is a film about the Chinese diasporas and how centuries of war and famines have made eating a ritual.

"Malaysia's most promising young female director." - Amir Muhammed.

"A cinema of tenderness and hesitations." - Olaf Muller.
Latent Images – Film In Singapore by Jan and Yvonne Uhde

Format: CD-ROM
ISBN: 981-04-9214-6
Sold out
until further notice

This CD-Rom is a comprehensive digital research and educational information source on Singapore cinema – an indispensable tool for both the film professional, the student as well as the wider public interested in their country’s culture. Based on the authors’ groundbreaking book Latent Images: Film In Singapore (Oxford University Press, 2000), this CD-ROM integrates written word, stills and moving images and sound, with the advantages of hypertext. Topics discussed include Singapore’s film production history, New Singapore cinema after 1990, Singapore’s cinemas past and present, the role of film and cultural organizations,  film and media education, film censorship in Singapore. This CD-ROM also contains revised and updated material (as of end of 2002), of new historical information and discoveries,  individual film commentaries, film clips and illustrations, audiovisual interviews with filmmakers and professionals, an index of Singapore films from 1933 to 2002.
Project A.M.I.S.S.: A Made In Singapore Story. Vol 1 2006

Format: Paperback, 48 pages
Published: Visual Treatment Pte Ltd
ISBN: 981-05-7104-6
SGD$10

A Made In Singapore Story (A.M.I.S.S.) is a publication of story outputs arising from writing workshops conducted by the Screenwriters Association of Singapore (SWA). This publication is supported by Creative Community Singapore under Project AMISS and is a collection of stories written during the Pitching Hour 2005 (MCYS Shine Program) and the NUS Creative Arts Program 2006.
The Elephant And The Sea by Woo Ming Jin (Rated M18)

Format: DVD
Published by: Da Huang Pictures
SGD$25

Year of Production: 2008
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 95 mins
Language: Mandarin Awards: Best Film, Lisbon Village Film Festival, 2008; Best Director, Diba Barcelona Film Festival, 2008; Special Jury Prize, Torino International Film Festival, 2007; Best Director and Critics Award, CInema Digital Seoul Film Festival, 2007.

Synopsis: The Elephant and The Sea follows the lives of two individuals in the aftermath of a water borne disease that strikes their fishing village. Has there been a disaster? A deadly epidemic?

A week after the disease takes the life of his wife, Ah Ngau, a fisherman by trade, is sent home with $300 in aid from the government and a cardboard box of useless "donations" from the public. Instead of grieving for his wife, Ah Ngau appears to have found a new sense of freedom, meeting a prostitute and experiencing a long delayed sexual awakening.

Yun Ding makes a living doing an assortment of odd jobs, following his "big brother" Long Chai around. Mostly they cheat and hustle their way around, living off the naivete of the public. When Long Chai succumbs to the disease, Ding has to make it on his own. But can a person with no direction in his life find something to hold on to?

An intriguing tragicomedy about the isolation of the human condition.
The Pirate and The Emperor's Ship by Khoo Eng Yow (Rated PG)

Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures 
SGD$25

Year of Production: 2008
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 80 mins
Language: Mandarin
Subtitle : English & Chinese

Synopsis: The notorious "Pirate King" Tan Lian Lay once terrorised the waters of Perak Malaysia and Bagan Siapi-Api, Indonesia. His personal story and the history of his coastal bases are a mix of fact, fiction, legend, myth and religious belief.

Director Khoo Eng Yow and field researcher Lee Eng Kew (aka Ah Kew) retrace how a notorious criminal went from being a powerful gang leader to a hunted man, and later became revered as a deity. It is a story that encompasses the WWII Japanese occupation of South East Asia, the British colonial rule, and the power of the assimilation of myth into history, which still affects people today.
Things We Do When We Fall In Love by James Lee
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures and Doghouse73 Pictures
SGD$25
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 2007
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 89 mins
Language: Mandarin
Subtitle : English & Chinese

Synopsis: The movie follows two unfortunate secret lovers who are constantly looking for a solution to their situation. Both of them are always arguing over their relationship. One day they went to a trip out of the city, into the outskirt. They hope they can solve their problems or at least escape them temporarily. They don’t have a solution, and they don’t understand why they are together. One thing that keeps them together is their love and care for each other.

Call If You Need Me by James Lee
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures and Doghouse73 Pictures
SGD$25
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 2009
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 105 mins
Language: Mandarin
Subtitle : English, Malay, Chinese
System: ALL REGION (PAL)

http://callifyouneedme.dahuangpictures.com

Synopsis: The story of two cousin brothers Ah Soon and Or Kia who grew up together in a small village. When they're adults Ah Soon got into debt collection business in the city and invites Or Kia to join him to expand his business.Or Kia met Ping who's Ah Soon new girlfriend and somehow she may becomes the only person that will connect the two men. And as time passes we see the relationship of these two men become stronger and maybe they finally will understand each other more clearly.

All My Failed Attempts by Tan Chui Mui
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures
SGD$25
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 2009
Country of Production: Malaysia
Language: Mandarin, English, Malay, French

http://www.attempts.dahuangpictures.com

7 short films written, directed, edited by Tan Chui Mui. In 2008, while developing her second feature films, she had this project of making a short film every month. She had only managed to make 7 short films, and she called them "All My Failed Attempts".

'Everyday Everyday' was awarded the Grand Prize of 31st Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (2009) and Grand Prize of 17th International Artfilm Fest Slovak.

Titles
  1. Dream #2 He Slept Too Long (4'37"| Malay)
    A low budget science fiction inspired by a Japanese short short story. A Man wakes from a coma and finds himself in a hospital.
  2. The Need for Rites (12’19” | Mandarin)
    Sook Chen meets a fortune teller on the street. The whole conversation soon becomes unbearable.
  3. Dream #3 We Need You to Save the World (8'32" | Silent)
    Fragments of a dream that could have saved the world.
  4. To Say Goodbye (13'3" | Mandarin)
    A girl fell in love with a classmate. She knew why she love him, but she want to find out why he didn't love her
  5. Dream #1 She Sees A Dead Friend (8'0" | English)
    She sees a dead friend. She does not remember he is dead. They have breakfast together. He gives her a tea cup
  6. Nobody’s Girlfriend (19'0" | English & French)
    Made during Tan Chui Mui's Cinefondation Residency in Paris, casting another two residents, Nadav Rapid and Rusudan Chkonia. The story is inspired by Nadav Rapid's "Emile's Girlfriend".
  7. Everyday Everyday (18'0"| Mandarin)
    Sook Chen quits her job. She decided to go to Peru. Ma could not understand why. In fact, he could never understand what Sook Chen wants.

Malaysian Gods by Amir Muhammad
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures
SGD$25
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 2009
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 70 mins
Language: Tamil
Aspect Ratio : 4:3
Subtitle : English
System: ALL REGION (PAL)

Synopsis: A Year That Shook the Nation. In September 1998, Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. His expulsion and subsequent trial for corruption and sodomy triggered a wave of street protests by his supporters and those who were against the authoritarian rule of the government. The label for this movement and era was 'reformasi' (reformation).

Malaysian Gods takes a look at several pivotal protests that took place in the year following his sacking. It eschews archive footage in favour of interviews with people who are living, working in or visiting the actual locations of the demonstrations, about a decade later. All the interviews are done in Tamil, the main language of the smallest of the three major ethnic groups. What do people now have to say about their lives, hopes and dreams? And have the socio-political markers of Malaysian society changed all that much since then?

Inspired by the book "Face Off: A Malaysian Reformasi Diary" by Sabri Zain.

The Big Durian by Amir Muhammad
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures
SGD$25
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 2003
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 74 mins
Language: Malay, English, Cantonese, Hokkien, Tamil
Aspect Ratio : 4:3
Subtitle : Mandarin
System: PAL

Synopsis: On the night of 18 October 1987, a soldier ran amok with an M16 in the area of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Due to the thorny circumstances of the time and place, his amok triggered a citywide panic and rumours of racial riots. Why did he do it? Why were Malaysians so jittery at the time? And what happened next? "The Big Durian" speaks to 23 Malaysians (some real, some fictional) to find out.

Trailer: The Big Durian (Trailer)

6horts by Amir Muhammad
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures
SGD$25
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 2002
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 60 mins
Language: English, Malay, Cantonese
Aspect Ratio : 4:3
Subtitle : English
System: PAL

Director Notes:
6horts is something I made in 2002 under the informal motto of: "Other people can do it better, but I can do it cheaper." This cycle of six shorts does not have any actors and was made with the most minimal of means. But it is my take on various aspects of life here in colourful Malaysia.

A top celebrity (M. Nasir) walked out of a screening of 6horts because he complained it was too much like "reading a book." So be warned: It's not meant for the type of person who makes a living from Akademi Fantasia.

They were made in the order in which they appear on the DVD. The first one, Lost, was inspired by an essay by Phillip Lopate on "the essay-film." By sheer coincidence or Divine will, a series of events happened just after I read his essay, and those events became the putative plot of Lost.

The very last one, Pangyau, was shot by Naeim Ghalili. This was our first time working together and a few years later we co-directed a 35mm feature film, Susuk, which cost 200 times more than 6horts but is not necessarily 200 times better.

Oh yes, the bonus short 18MP is quite special to me. It is one of Jins Shamsuddin's finest performances! His impersonation of a boot-licking politician is right up there with his Jefri Zain - and I am glad I was there to see it. - Amir Muhammad, July 2008.

Titles
  1. Lost
  2. Friday
  3. Mona
  4. Checkpoint
  5. Kamunting
  6. Pangyau


More Info: 6horts website

Yasmin Ahmad's Films by Amir Muhammad (Book)
Format: Paperback, 248 pages
Published: Matahari Books
SGD$18



Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Matahari Books; 1 edition (November 30, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9834484518
ISBN-13: 978-9834484514

About this book:
Yasmin Ahmad left a vibrant legacy, and it is still strange to talk about her in the past tense. In order to deal with his grief, Amir Muhammad, fellow Malaysian filmmaker and friend, watched anew her six feature-length films (RABUN, SEPET, GUBRA, MUKHSIN, MUALLAF and TALENTIME), as well as several of her most popular commercials. Neither an obituary nor a conventional work of film criticism, this book was written just a month after her funeral and is Amir's personal look at the stories, but with quite a few tangents of his own. Chatty and informative, YASMIN AHMAD'S FILMS can be devoured not only by established fans but newcomers to her work. It is also a tribute to one of Malaysia's most amazing daughters.
Includes 24 pages of color photographs. All the writer's royalties from the first edition will be donated to the Mercy - Yasmin Ahmad Fund for Children.

The Gamble by Luu Trong Ninh (Vietnamese Film)
Format: DVD
SGD$29.95
($75/$150)



Year of Production: 1993
Country of Production: Vietnam
Duration: 92 mins
Language: Vietnamese
Subtitle : English
System: PAL

Synopsis: Mai, too proud to ask for government assistance to continue her studies, decides to work at her aunt’s roadside food stall. “I need money desperately”, she says, “Lots of money.” But she soon discovers that working as a waitress on a northern truck route is not only poorly paid, but also demeaning. Enter Chien, a truck driver with mysterious cargo. Mai decides that she can earn enough money to continue school if, acting as his wife, she helps him through the police checkpoints. A relationship develops, but her innocence is shattered. Ultimately, Chien’s urge to gamble not only threatens their relationship, but also lead Mai into great danger.

Love For Share by Nia Dinata
Format: DVD
SGD$100/SGD$200


Only Institutional Copies Available

Year of Production: 2006
Country of Production: Indonesia
Duration: 121 mins
Language: Indonesian
Subtitle : English

Overview: Three women. One destiny.
The story talks about the polygamy in modern Indonesia, where three woman from three different social classes and ethnic backgrounds, conveying their passages in dealing with polygamy; sharing a husband's love and attention with several other women and often with humorous consequences...

Synopsis: This film's focus is polygamy in modern-day Indonesia, where three woman from three different social classes and ethnic backgrounds discuss their experiences dealing with polygramy--often with humorous consequences.

Little Girl of Hanoi by Hai Ninh
Format: DVD, 72 min running time
ALL region, NTSC
English/French/German Subtitles
Rating: PG
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One of the great classics of Vietnamese cinema. Filmed in Hanoi amidst the smoke and rubble of the actual Christmas bombardment.

After the American B-52 bombing of Kham Thien Street and Bach Mai hospital, little Ngoc Ha’s family is shattered. Her mother has died trying to save children in a kindergarten, her seriously-injured younger sister is brought to a hospital, and Ngoc Ha encounters a variety of strangers as she wanders the war-torn streets of Hanoi looking for her father.

Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing) by Azharr Rudin
Format: DVD
Published: Da Huang Pictures
SGD$25
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Year of Production: 2008
Country of Production: Malaysia
Duration: 122 mins
Language: Malay
Subtitle : English
Genre: Fiction / Documentary

Synopsis: A film about a boy, barely in secondary school, Sidi and his father Adman, who both unknowingly cope with the sudden absence of a key female figure in their life. In a probable separate story, a boyish young woman returns to photograph the backdrop of her past. Set in the border town of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The literal meaning of the title is a Malay saying "like the owl misses the moon" a reflection of unrequited (and unconsummated) longing.

Film Festivals:
  • 13th Pusan International Film Festival, 02/10/08 – 10/10/08 (World Premiere)
  • 27th Vancouver International Film Festival, 25/09/08 – 10/10/08 (North American Premiere)
  • New Malaysian Cinema – RIALTO Amsterdam2008
  • Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO CINEMEX 2009)
  • FESTIVAL FILEM MALAYSIA KE 22-2009
  • Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2009
  • 9th Asian Film Symposium
  • 7th World Film Festival of Bangkok
  • Belfort International film festival, EntreVues (in Competition)




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