Goofy middle-aged Ah Gu is not happy with with his money-obsessed bride Lily, who only wants to go out and have fun. At the same house, young Meng is left to look after his siblings, sister... See full summary »
Goofy middle-aged Ah Gu is not happy with with his money-obsessed bride Lily, who only wants to go out and have fun. At the same house, young Meng is left to look after his siblings, sister Trixie and baby brother Tee. He acts like an old man, trying to teach them discipline, and subsequently has problems with Trixie's boyfriend. Written by
A relentlessly bleak take on ordinary Singaporeans living in a HDB apartment block, "12 Storeys" may be Khoo and Singapore's finest hour on celluloid yet. The film shows influences from Kieslowski to Wim Wenders, and the script interweaves a trio of Singaporean families, all living on the 12th floor of the same housing estate, after a young man plunges to his death in the morning of a nondescript day. The leads acquit themselves admirably, save maybe for the occasionally-over-the-top China bride played by Quan Yifeng. Khoo Boon Pin gives the standout performance, as a self-righteous schoolteacher who finds out the truth about his younger sister's romantic dates. One can take this as a satire on Singapore under the helm of the PAP, or see it as Khoo's pessimistic commentary on the lives of ordinary Singaporeans, unleavened by any intermittent joys along the way. Nonetheless it must be one of the finest films ever to come out of the island-state, with a distinctive local flavor all its own found in every frame.
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