The Elephant and the Sea



A Malayan coastal village experiences an outbreak of a waterborne disease. When his wife dies, Ah Ngau is given shelter, money and donations. But it is only his visits to a prostitute that uplift and invigorate him. At the same time, a young man struggles to find direction in his life after the death of his “older brother”, especially as he harbours deep feelings for his best friend’s sister.

Director: Woo Ming Jin
Release Year: 2007
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama
Language: -
Producer: Woo Ming Jin, Tomoko Ueda, The Greenlight Team
Rating: M18 (Some sexual scenes)
Runtime: 36m00s
Production Country: Malaysia
Accession No: 2008-D-1339

Cast List:

  • Berg Lee Seng Wan, Chung Kok Keong, Ng Meng Hui, Tan Chui Mui, Teoh Kim Wah, Cheong Wai Loon


  • Writer - Woo Ming Jin
  • Director - Woo Ming Jin
  • Director of Photography - Chan Hai Liang
  • Production Manager - Gan Hui Yee
  • Production Designer - Lee Gim Weng
  • Editor - Kok Kai Foong
  • Assistant Camera - Kannan Thiagaparan
  • Production Assistant - Penny Lee Chiew Ting
  • Audio - Chee Kar Ching
  • Audio - Ang Yee Sian
  • Audio - Ng Ken Kin
  • Props Master - Leslie Leon Lee
  • Script Translation - Jullie Anne Chong
  • Still Photographer - Mr. James Lee
  • Foley & ADR - Woo Ming Jin
  • Additional Editing - Woo Ming Jin
  • Post Production - Greenlight Pictures


  • Activities - Calling, Paying, Eating, Burning, Waking Up, Washing, Vomiting, Lottery, Driving, Blowjob, Sex, Sleeping, Slapping, Swimming, Sinking
  • Animals - Fish, Squid, Chicken, Monitor Lizard, Elephant
  • Emotions - Grief
  • Experiences - Death, Loss
  • Food - Noodles, Rice
  • Items - Flat Tire, Newspaper, Bait, Container, Ashes, Books, Amulet, Donations, Cage
  • Occupations - Car Mechanic, Driver, Pimp, Prostitute
  • People - Ordinary
  • Places - Road, Countryside, Home, Market, Beach, Sea, Church Shelter, Toilet, Forest
  • Relationships - Man/Woman
  • Transportation - Car, Motorcycle, Boat