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The Beautiful Washing Machine (2004)

Mei li de xi yi ji (original title)
Teoh is dumped by his live-in girlfriend who takes all her possessions, including the washing machine. He buys a second-hand machine, which is when things go wrong.



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Credited cast:
Loh Bok Lai ...
Teoh (Bachelor)
Short Thug
Berg Lee ...
Ah Dee (The Son)
Danny Lim ...
Supermarket Stalker
Len Siew Mee ...
The Woman
Patrick Teoh ...
Mr. Wong (as Teoh Kah Yong)


Teoh's second hand washing machine has a life of her own: she washes when she wants to and stops when she feels like it. When Teoh discovers the secret soul of this temperamental slave, he exploits her for all his other household chores. And then he pimps her out to strangers. When middle-aged widower Mr. Wong takes her in, his prodigal son immediately tries to seduce her, while his petulant daughter becomes more and more suspicious. In this off-kilter dark comedy, the effects of alienation and desperation in the increasingly commodified city of Kuala Lumpur will spiral before you like a dry spin in slow motion. Written by Pang Khee Teik

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

8 July 2005 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Beautiful Washing Machine  »

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SGD 35,000 (estimated)

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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D-Cinema revolution
21 January 2006 | by (Barcelona, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

This film got me for good into digital cinema; it is an example of the new democratized forms of cinema thanks to the fact that dv and mini-dv cameras have brought down production costs of films and now a single amateur can make his own try. In relation to its technical details, there is no comparison, obviously, to professional 35 mm. filming, but hey, this may not be a defect. When it comes to comment the plot, many people will feel disappointed that "The Beautiful Washing Machine" does not adapt to rational schemes, nor logical, and it isn't definitely your film if you don't feel comfortable with movies formed by surreal, absurd and unconnected scenes, that provides the audience with totally spontaneous and unexpected eccentricities. For me, it was a good new experience with unforgettable dialogs and situations.

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