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6 Local Movies You MUST Watch To Understand What People Never Say About Singapore
27 September 2016
They’re basically classics.
These movies left an impact on Singapore’s movie industry an entertainment landscape, and they continue to be a great way to discover the lesser known aspects of the Lion City.
1. Army Daze
Released in 1996, this comedy movie is based on the play by Michael Chiang. Directed by Ong Keng Sen, it gives a light-hearted insight on the Singaporean men who enlist in National Service, and it’s always a fun film to re-watch for a good laugh.
A film adaptation of Adrian Tan’s bestselling 1988 novel of the same name (pictured), this coming of age movie follows the life of two best friends who are trying to find their true love in Junior College. Will they succeed?
Directed by Eric Khoo in 1995 and filmed in one of Singapore’s beloved neighborhood, Tiong Bahru, this dark film tells the story of a noodle-shop owner and a prostitute who had a chance encounter. Find out why it is cited as an influential Singapore film here, and why its relevance and impact are still discussed today (pictured).
Based on Catherine Lim’s novella Leap of Love, this movie was released in 2008 and tells the interesting tale of a schoolteacher who met a stranger and they made arrangements to meet every leap year. You’ll have to watch it to find out if he keeps his promise.
Of course there is a Singapore movie about chicken rice. In 2000, director Chee Kong Cheah gave a Singaporean twist to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where the kids from two feuding families with chicken rice stalls fall in love. Will they spill the family secret recipes?
Delve into the underbelly of Singapore with five teenagers who will show you a side of the country rarely seen. Director Royston Tan shot much of the film without scripting and based it closely on the lives of the characters (who are not professional actors). You can imagine why there was a lot of hype surrounding its release in 2003.