Letters from the South

  • 105'
  • China
  • 2013
You can find Chinese people all over the world. Hence also in other parts of Southeast Asia. In this omnibus film, six directors from the region each reflect on the Chinese diaspora. Thai filmmaker Aditya Assarat describes a meeting in Thailand between Paula and her friends, who have Chinese roots, with her cousin Mumu, who was born in China; Royston Tan from Singapore tells of the special meaning that making the traditional Popiah dish has for a Chinese family; Midi Zhao from Myanmar follows the death of a grandfather surrounded by Chinese customs in a village in Myanmar; Sun Koh from Singapore makes a small-scale comedy about the commercialisation of the local radio station, influenced by mainland China; Tan Chui Mui from Malaysia composes a poetic, visual reflection on being an outsider and wandering; and Tsai Ming-liang, also born in Malaysia, observes the seventh-storey apartment in which he grew up as a child.
Aditya Assarat, Royston Tan, Midi Z, Tan Chui Mui, Tsai Ming-liang, Sun Koh
European premiere
Countries of production
China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Mandarin, Thai, Taiwanese, Burmese, Cantonese
Tan Chui Mui
Production Company
Da Huang Pictures
Mosquito Films Distribution
Tan Chui Mui, Tsai Ming-liang, Sun Koh, Midi Z, Royston Tan, Aditya Assarat