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When Hainan Meets Teochow (å½“æµ·å—é‡ä¸Šæ½®å·ž)
Singapore (2010, 81 minutes)
Mandarin, Teochow, Tamil, English w/English subtitles
The requisites for a romantic comedy film will inevitably be good looking, swoon worthy leads against gorgeous backdrops, brought together by a beautiful coincidence that catalyzes a chance meeting into a relationshipâ€¦or not. Under the hands of Singapore's leading comedic filmmaker Han Yew Kwang, this spells an opportunity not only to make an entertaining tale, but one that incisively grapples with universal themes of acceptance and love.
This is a quirky comedy that provokes thought as the film is essentially a celebration of the spirit of independent filmmaking in Singapore. Mostly self-funded and with help from cast and crew members who have laboured during their free time to complete this project (took slightly over a year I believe), production values are at their best within its clear financial constraints, but delivered through natural acting by two acting rookies (Lee Chau Min as Hainan Boy and Tan Hong Chye as Miss Teochow) bolstered by the stellar presence of a veteran team, an assembly of actors from Yew Kwang's previous films with the likes of Marilyn Lee, Catherine Sng, Soundrarajan Jeeva, Yeo Yann Yann and Alaric Tay.
-Stefan S. (A Nutshell) Review
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