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SFS Talkies 2011 : A Focus on Malaysian Cinema > Woman on Fire Looks for Water & The Tiger Factory (PG)

What Woo Ming Jin, one of the great Malaysian film talents at this moment, tells the story of life across the causeway in subtle tones that may speak about the larger issues facing us all. The SFS is honoured to be able to bring his 2 latest films currently playing in festivals to Singapore. Please join us in a Q&A with the director after the screening.

1210 - 1230 Break
When 26 February 2011 (Saturday), 10.30am to 3pm
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.


Watch the director's short - SLOVAK SLING and RSVP here on Facebook if you are planning to catch his two latest films this weekend

In The Tiger Factory - filmed in a documentary style, Malaysian filmmaker Woo Ming Jin takes on the insufferable circumstances of nineteen-year-old Ping Ping. For Woo, economic factors are often decisive. 

Under the watchful gaze of her aunt Tien, Ping Ping works herself into the ground with several simultaneous jobs, in order to pay human traffickers to take her to Japan. Another of her ways to make some money is to become pregnant as a surrogate mother. But immediately following the birth, she is told that the baby is dead. Nevertheless, Ping Ping wants to escape her miserable existence at any price. She asks her aunt, who runs an illegal trade in babies, to arrange for her to become pregnant again.

2010/ 84 min / Malaysia & Japan / English subtitles / PG
Directed by Woo Ming Jin | Cast - Lai Fooi Mun, Pearlly Chua, Susan Lee

Official Selection - Cannes 2010, Pusan 2010, Tokyo 2010, Rotterdam 2011

Father and son wrestle with love in a small Malaysian fishing village. While father looks up an old lover he should have married years ago, his son faces a dilemma. Will he choose the girl he's in love with, or the daughter of his boss?

The young Ah Fei lives in a small fishing village, where he catches and sells frogs. His bachelor father Ah Kau is a fisherman. The old man sees his death approaching and goes looking in a nearby village for a woman who was his great love, but whom he did not marry back then. His son is in love with a girl who only wants a relationship if he earns more.

The son goes to work in a factory and faces a dilemma when his boss wants him to marry his daughter. While the father regrets the decision he took in his youth, his son looks as if he's about to make the same mistake.

In Woman on Fire Looks for Water, the director eyes the local decay found in the beautiful images of an authentic fishing village.

2009/ 99 min / Malaysia & South Korea / English subtitles / PG
Directed by Woo Ming Jin | Cast - Ernest Chong, Chung Kok Keong, Foo Fei Ling, Jerrica Lai

Official Selection - Pusan 2009, Rotterdam 2010

Woo Ming Jin

Born in 1976 in Malaysia, Woo Ming Jin’s work as a filmmaker and photographer has garnered him a reputation as one of East Asia’s most promising talent.

At 19, he went to the US to study business in a small school in Boston, then worked for a while, then decided to be a filmmaker. He always wanted to make films since he was around 16, but studied business because it was “acceptable.” I received a scholarship from San Diego State University to do an MA in film production. In 2003, he returned to Malaysia where he found many stories to tell, and started making films. He is drawn to the everyday layman world, the people living outside of the city, places that are untouched by time.

His films mostly focus on the interaction between human and nature. His first film Monday Morning Glory screened in Berlin and Locarno, while his second, The Elephant and the Sea (screened by the SFS in Dec 2008), won awards in Torino, Seoul and Spain festivals.