Lok, an overtired detective about to retire, investigates the disappearance of a Chinese building worker in Singapore after the man, Wang, suddenly fails to turn up on the construction site. Lok and a colleague start looking into Wang’s life to find out what happened to him. To do so, they find themselves in a part of the city they don’t know: where anonymous building workers live in shabby hostels, around endless rows of cranes in the night. This is the army of invisible, underpaid migrants with no rights who still help the new Singapore to rise.

In his feature debut, with its changing perspectives, both the lonely worker and the Singapore detective see the dark side of this booming metropolis. How do the disillusioned workers survive here? Although the two lives in this neo-realistic drama in a film-noir style are distant from each other, Lok and Wang also have something in common: exhausting insomnia and vivid (day)dreams about a different life.

Screenings

  • Fri 25 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Sun 27 Jan Pathé 1
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  • Wed 30 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Sat 2 Feb KINO 2
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Original title
Huan tu
Filmmaker
Yeo Siew Hua
Country
Singapore, France, Netherlands
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
95’
Language
Mandarin, English, Bengali
Producer
Fran Borgia, Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Denis Vaslin
Production Company
Akanga Film Asia, Films de Force Majeure, Volya Films
Sales
Akanga Film Asia
Writer
Yeo Siew Hua
Cinematography
Hideho Urata
Editor
Daniel Hui
Production Design
James Page
Sound Design
Damien Guillaume
Music
Teo Wei Yong
Cast
Peter Yu, Liu Xiaoyi, Luna Kwok, Jack Tan, Ishtiaque Zico, Kelvin Ho, George Low