Perth is the journey into the heart of Harry Lee, a 51-year-old part-time security guard and taxi driver. He belongs to a redundant generation, eclipsed by a fast-paced, elitist society ... See full summary »



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Harry Lee
Qiu Lian Liu ...
A. Panneeirchelvam ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Aspes ...
Road rage Victim
Boeing ...
Boy ...
MC jufti Security Guard
Neighbor's Maid (as Stephanie Budiman)
Ivy Cheng ...
Charmaine Chua ...
Cheap Slut
Stepharn Girodot ...
Charles the Curious Frenchman
Justin Guariglia ...
Dog owner
Gene Ho ...
Nerdy Soldier on bus
Zahir Hussein ...
Smug Bouncer
Steven Lee ...
Khmer Rouge Officer
Colin Loh ...
Bus Driver


Perth is the journey into the heart of Harry Lee, a 51-year-old part-time security guard and taxi driver. He belongs to a redundant generation, eclipsed by a fast-paced, elitist society that is mesmerized with education and status. Harry desires to leave the antiseptic streets of Singapore for his paradise on earth in Western Australia. His attempt to migrate is complicated when he takes on a job ferrying prostitutes. This evokes painful memories from his past. When he takes an unhealthy interest in a Vietnamese prostitute, it awakens a dark and dangerous attempt at personal redemption. The film tackles an extremely topical issue of emigration in Singapore. It is peppered by denizens of the underbelly of Singapore society, reflecting the multicultural idiosyncrasies of a seemingly pristine city. More importantly, it is a personal journey of a flawed man in a society that does not tolerate failure. As such, Harry s rant and anger - directed at anyone and anything, but himself - is ... Written by Anonymous

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the dream of a simple man




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18 August 2005 (Singapore)  »

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SGD 350,000 (estimated)

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Lim Kay tong's character Harry Lee is named after Singapore's founding Prime minister Lee Kuan Yew who was born Harry Lee Kuan Yew. See more »

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Whats in Harry's Closet
7 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the Village East in NY. The synopsis said TAXI DRIVER IN SINGAPORE. I figure if a film mentions taxi driver, it must have at least something worth watching because that is such a bold statement.

Good:Harry Lee by Kay Tong is no Deniro but he's no slouch either. I liked how they included English subtitles, kind of like with the British films, even though its still English. I didn't know Singaporeans swear that much! Bad: Mai was a little undeveloped, and some of the talking got a little long. Plus, when I watch a film called Perth, i expect more then 5 seconds of Perth, bloody hell! Also, this isn't really bad but I found the son character an interesting subplot.

Is it just me or do you also find the son character a little gay. I heard that the government openly outlaws homosexuality although many claim to be openly gay. The director obviously was feeling some censorship, and wanted to make a more subtle statement.

For one, its like ANG LEE's THE WEDDING BANQUET. We see Darrius the son, but not the wife, implying a marriage of convenience. Again interesting stuff, but perhaps was not realized because of Singapore environment and not because of the poor direction. Not to mention, how many times does one man have to say 'I love my son'? Overall: Worth watching. Not great, but doesn't waste your time, and is entertaining with lots of nice dark humor which I loved. Warning: the ending is pretty graphic in violence.

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