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  • NETPAC – FIPRESCI Critic’s Prize10th Singapore International Film Festival 1997
  • In Competition, Un Certain Regard50th Cannes Film Festival 1997

The film depicts a day in a HDB block (government residential flats) in Singapore with all the action occurring within a 24-hour period. There are essentially three main storylines: 

China Bride: Ah Gu (Jack Neo), a middle-aged man has brought home a pretty young wife from China (Quan Yifeng), but he has to cope with her overly high expectations, and as a result of that, her increasing frustration and disappointment with life in Singapore.

San San: San San (Lucilla Teoh) lives alone with only suicide in her mind. A meeting with the daughter of her mother's former employer, Rachel (Neo Swee Lin) acts as a trigger for an outpouring of sadness.

Sister's Keeper:
With their parents away, upright but overbearing eldest brother Meng (Koh Boon Pin) takes the opportunity to lord it over his rebellious younger sister Trixie (Lum May Yee) and little brother Tee (Roderick Lim). Meng's persistent interest in Trixie's personal life leads to first, an interrogation, then an argument, and ultimately something far more explosive.


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Running time

105 minutes



Key cast

Jack Neo, Koh Boon Pin, Chuan Yi Fong, Lum May Yee, Lucilla Teoh, Ritz Lim

International sales/distribution

Golden Village Pictures


(65) 6735 7053 (Zhao Wei)

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