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SFS Talkies @ The Picturehouse - THE SPIRIT COMPENDIUM

What Featuring works by Foo Fung Koon, an up and coming local director
When 2 August 2008 (Saturday), 1.00pm
Where The Picturehouse
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.



1.00pm  Screening of My Dad is a Priest / The Spirit Compendium
3.00pm  Interactive Session with the director and cast members


2005 - Singapore - Drama - 19 minutes - PG - In Mandarin (with English subtitles)
Directed by Foo Fung Koon
Main Cast: Tony Lim Xin Hong, Jeffery Tan Yong Sheng, Lim Yeow Meng

This story described the relationship between a Taoist priest and his son, how his views changed after working as a priest, and how his son felt about him being a priest.

2008 - Singapore - Supernatural/Drama/Romance - 85 minutes - NC16 (scene of intimacy) - In Mandarin (with Chinese & English subtitles)
Directed by Foo Fung Koon
Main Cast: Benjamin Ng Dingrong, Maylene Loo Xue Bing, Foyce Le Xuan (Lin Hui Hui), Michael Kwah Chong Yeow

Tom's girlfriend dies in a tragic accident and he plunges into depression. May is shunned by the people around her because she claims she can see the spirits. Sam's family loses their fortune and is forced to move in with his friend, Tom and May, his housemate. The three friends embrace on a journey that begins with the mysterious disappearance of Tom's father, who leaves Tom with only a spiritual book and an ancient Tibetan Dzi Bead. It is not until Sam is trapped in a spiritual realm that they realize the importance of the items.

THE SPIRIT COMPENDIUM marks seasoned short film director Foo Fung Koon's feature debut. He said, "Due to many recent horrors and thrillers, it has become more challenging to have a breakthrough. THE SPIRIT COMPENDIUM is not based entirely on a ghost story. In fact, THE SPIRIT COMPENDIUM may not belong to any specific category, as it is a fusion of different emotional expressions and spiritual characters, such as love, friendship and a touch of homosexuality, deities and spirits. "

The Singapore Film Society is proud to present this new independent film on the next day after its World Premiere on August 1 - the premiere coincides with the first day of the seventh month according to the traditional Chinese calendar, i.e., the month of hungry ghosts. After a brief period of theatrical release at Cathay cineplexes, the film will be showcased at Sinema the Old Film School for half a year.

(Compendium = "a concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge - usually in the form of a book or dictionary")
("The Spirit Compendium" refers to a key plot element of the film - a Chinese philosophical, fortune-telling book called "Ling Wen Shu" as a compilation of several ancient Chinese fortune-telling-related classics, including the best-known "Yi Jing" which was edited by Confucius. The book and its CD-ROM version can be used for fortune-telling. Several local journalists who made coverage on the film tried it on for fun and found it surprisingly accurate.  However, although the current batch of the book is selling fast, the Chinese publisher has decided not to reprint it as the Chinese government discourages, if not always bans, such so-called supertitious products.)