The Projector and Asian Film Archive are proud to present – Mee Pok Man: 20 Years
Iconic yet familiar, Mee Pok Man is local veteran auteur Eric Khoo’s debut feature film and also one of Singapore’s most acclaimed and recognisable films to date.
Through a mix of restored and rarely-seen material, in-depth dialogues and talks, join us as we explore the stories, history, and legacy behind the film.
Fri 8 April, 8pm – Double Bill: Pain + Mee Pok Man (inc. post-screening Q&A with director Eric Khoo and actors Lim Kay Tong and Michelle Goh)
Sun 17 April, 6pm – Screening: Mee Pok Man
Sat 23 April, 2pm – Screening: Mee Pok Man
About the Film
Mee Pok Man
Arguably one of the most important and iconic films in Singapore’s film history, filmmaker Eric Khoo’s debut feature Mee Pok Man shook the industry up when first released in 1995, quickly garnering widespread acclaim.
Based on late writer Damien Sin’ short story, the film follows a lonely mee pok seller as he pines for Bunny, a prostitute who dreams of a better life. An untimely accident brings them closer in what becomes a relationship that is at once tender, heart-wrenching and surreal at the same time.
This is a newly restored work presented by the Asian Film Archive, restored in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative by L’Immagine Ritrovata. Colour grading by Mocha Chai Laboratories.
1995 | 110 mins | English | Director Eric Khoo
A rarely seen black-and-white short film, made by Eric Khoo in 1994, Pain can be seen as a spiritual prequel to Mee Pok Man. The film trails a troubled young man whose inner turmoils express themselves in torture and murder. Banned upon its release, Pain was awarded the Best Director and Special Achievement prizes at the Singapore International Film Festival and allowed Khoo the resources to make Mee Pok Man a year later.
1994 | 31 mins | English | Director Eric Khoo
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