Family Portrait



A family reunites for a meal on Chinese New Year Eve’s when a daughter returns from her her studies abroad. The family members however have to grapple with the financial crisis that has befallen them with the failure of the family business, the debt incurred from the daughter’s overseas education, and the bank’s repossession of their material possessions. The film is a quiet exposition about the failing economy and the struggles that one family has to cope with.A wealthy family comes together and has their last reunion dinner together on Chinese New Year’s Eve, as they grapple with their material loss to pay for the daughter’s education aboard. It is a reflection of the failing economy and a look at how one family struggles to cope with it.

Director: Ellery Ngiam
Release Year: 2004
Subtitles: English
Language: English, Mandarin
Producer: Juan Foo, Ellery Ngiam
Rating: PG
Runtime: 27m00s
Production Country: United States/Singapore
Accession No: 2007-D-0385/2005-D-0022
Original Title: Jia Fu

Cast List:

  • Grace Wan, Jesz Zhou, Daniel Chua, Christine Chen, Diana Lee, Jennifer Wong, Lee Yew Moon, Catherine Tan, Wilson Ng, John Lee, Wang Chu Qiao


  • Writer/Director - Ellery Ngiam
  • Executive Producers - Georgia Kan, Lim Tiong Soon, Ngiam Choong Kam
  • Film Score - Ng Tian Hui
  • Editor - Low Hwee Ling
  • Art Director - Muslimah