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Perth (2004)

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Kay Tong Lim ...
Harry Lee
Qiu Lian Liu ...
Wife
A. Panneeirchelvam ...
Selvam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Aspes ...
Road rage Victim
Boeing ...
Faithful
Boy ...
MC jufti Security Guard
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Neighbor's Maid (as Stephanie Budiman)
Ivy Cheng ...
Mai
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
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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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singapore | prostitute

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the dream of a simple man

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SGD 350,000 (estimated)
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Brilliant Singaporean Entry
15 October 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Having just visited Singapore for an extended stay, one of the first things I did, as an avid movie buff, was to hunt down the best in local cinema. Perth is one of those movies. Not only does it offer the viewer a small glimpse into everyday Singaporean life with it's brilliant use of Singlish dialog, it delivers a great story that gets you right in the gut. (hehe)

My only complaint is that the DVD is not (that I can find) multi region so I can buy copies for my friends back home in the States. However, I will settle for the VCD release for the time being.

Lets hope this goes into wider release soon. It is a film that needs to be shared, and is yet another example of the need to eliminate region specific coding.


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