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Rice Rhapsody -- Fearing her son could be gay, a conservative mother takes in a French foreign exchange student, who ends up teaching the family a lot about life, acceptance, and love.

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20 January 2005 (China) See more »
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Fearing her son could be gay, a conservative mother takes in a French foreign exchange student, who ends up teaching the family a lot about life, acceptance, and love. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Sylvia Chang ... Jen
Martin Yan ... Kim Chui

Mélanie Laurent ... Sabine
LePham Tan ... Leo
Craig Toh ... Harry
Alvin Chiang ... Daniel

Maggie Q ... Gigi
Ivy Ling Po ... Grandma
Han Chin ... Grandpa (as Ronald Bi)
Samuel Chong ... Master of Ceremony

Steph Song ... Jennifer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Garrett Hoo ... Johnny
Edric Hsu ... Benny
Andy Mok ... Batman
Ernest Seah ... Kenny
Rick Tan ... Gigi Manager

Allan Wu ... Ronald

Directed by
Kenneth Bi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Bi 

Produced by
Jackie Chan .... executive producer
Willie Chan .... executive producer
Gary Hamilton .... executive producer
Duncan Jepson .... co-producer
Rosa Li .... producer
Solon So .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Masahiro Kawasaki 
 
Cinematography by
Wah-Chuen Lam 
 
Film Editing by
Rob Tinworth 
 
Casting by
Juliette Ménager 
 
Production Design by
Andy Heng 
 
Art Direction by
Andy Heng 
 
Costume Design by
Elisa Lam 
 
Makeup Department
Mlinda Khoo .... hair stylist
Mlinda Khoo .... makeup artist
Red Ngoh .... hair stylist
Red Ngoh .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pamela Kuah .... production manager
Tze Hung Lam .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lim Pheck Kim .... first assistant director
Lynn Poh .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shawn Chua .... art crew
Chia Wing Keong .... property master
Muslimah .... set dresser
Ellery Ngiam .... art department assistant
Marc Wee .... stand-by crew
Steve Yong .... art crew
 
Sound Department
Alan Chong .... sound recordist
Nelson Pereira .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Beng Huat Lim .... gaffer
 
Other crew
J.D. Chua .... location assistant (as Jingdu Chua)
Julia Ng .... location manager
 

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Also Known As:
"Hainan ji fan" - Singapore (original title)
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Hong Kong:106 min (DVD version)
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Sabine:Live your life and don't stop for anything.See more »

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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Fun and Ultimately Uplifting, 26 February 2005
Author: ken_lee54 (ken_lee54@hotmail.com) from Singapore

Review: Rice Rhapsody (2004) By Ken Lee

Though director Kenneth Bi's _Rice Rhapsody_ (2004) generates much interest primarily of its homosexuality theme (that troubled the Singapore Board of Film Censorship inasmuch as its month-long deliberation for the film's wide release in the city state in which the film is set and made), it explores at its core generational conflict; specifically, how a single parent's inability to adapt to modern circumstances leads to disillusionment and more misunderstanding. So it'd be misleading to categorize this as a "Gay" film, per se.

The plot is set in contemporary Singapore's Chinatown. Sylvia Chang, wonderful and enarmoured with supposed Singlish, plays a single mother (Jen) struggling with the uncertainty surrounding the sexual orientation of her third son, Leo (played by a certain delectable newcomer, Tan LePham), when his two elder siblings are both out and proud, much to her dismay, bringing issues of same-sex marriage and their boy-friends back to dinner table discussion. The lives of the family are going to be changed with the arrival of a French foreign exchange student, Sabine, played by a cooky Mélanie Laurent, who has a thing or two to show about finding common grounds, and knowing what's truly important in life.

The issue of homosexuality isn't a "modern" circumstance, of course. Its open acceptance (or tolerance) and embraced and head-on examination as an "idea", however, is, especially in this city-state notorious for its anti-gay "lifestyles" stance. So even if the movie isn't without its flaw, it's still ultimately uplifting, and a welcome addition to a growing list of movies purport to examine social, cultural and political aspects of the city-state, from "12 Storeys" to "Eating Air" to "Chicken Rice War".

Recommended.

Little known facts: Director Kenneth Bi is the son of Ivy Ling (Ling Bo) who is a mega star in Shaw's Huang Mei Diao era. She has a cameo appearance in this film.

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