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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 »




Djinn (as Ong Lay Jinn)
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Credited cast:
Kay Tong Lim Kay Tong Lim ... Harry Lee
Qiu Lian Liu Qiu Lian Liu ... Wife
A. Panneeirchelvam A. Panneeirchelvam ... Selvam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Aspes Jason Aspes ... Road rage Victim
Boeing Boeing ... Faithful
Boy Boy ... MC jufti Security Guard
Stefanie Budiman ... Neighbor's Maid (as Stephanie Budiman)
Ivy Cheng Ivy Cheng ... Mai
Charmaine Chua Charmaine Chua ... Cheap Slut
Stepharn Girodot Stepharn Girodot ... Charles the Curious Frenchman
Justin Guariglia Justin Guariglia ... Dog owner
Gene Ho Gene Ho ... Nerdy Soldier on bus
Zahir Hussein Zahir Hussein ... Smug Bouncer
Steven Lee Steven Lee ... Khmer Rouge Officer
Colin Loh 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) See more »

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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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A film that touches me!
6 May 2005 | by flea_007See all my reviews

I just caught this last week at some Asian American festival at the Director's guild here in LA.

Having spent some years out in Singapore working and being familiar with the seedier side of the city, I was shocked and surprised that such a film could ever come of such a straight jacket society! The characters in the film were very real and raw. The masturbation sequence was a haiku to loneliness.

I heard rumors that the film is yet to be release in Singapore by the distributor's because of the violence and its setting in the 'non-existent' sex industry! Somethings don't seem to have changed after all!

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