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Singapore Dreaming (2006)

Mei man ren sheng (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 September 2006 (Singapore)
When Loh wins the lottery, his family believes the money will deliver them from their struggles. However, he dies abruptly, pitching the family into a battle where the stakes are the very meaning of life itself.

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Colin Goh (co-director), Yen Yen Woo (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Low ... Loh Poh Huat ('Pa')
ZioZio Lim ZioZio Lim ... Loh Siew Luan ('Ma')
Serene Chen Serene Chen ... Irene
Yann Yann Yeo ... Mei
Yu Beng Lim ... C.K.
Asher Su Asher Su ... Seng (as Dick Su)
Mariel Reyes Mariel Reyes ... Pinky
Jacqueline Chow Jacqueline Chow ... Michelle Tang
Kai Boo Lee Kai Boo Lee ... Simon Koh
Serena Sim Serena Sim ... Mrs. Koh
Vincent Tee ... Uncle Peng
Jiali Xu Jiali Xu ... The China Girl
Jing Jing Ng Jing Jing Ng ... The Old Lady
Sylvanus Lim Sylvanus Lim ... Delivery Man
Angeline Lee Angeline Lee ... The Mistress (as Angeline Lee Mei Ying)
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When Loh wins the lottery, his family believes the money will deliver them from their struggles. However, he dies abruptly, pitching the family into a battle where the stakes are the very meaning of life itself.

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What are You Dreaming of? See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Singapore

Language:

Mandarin | Hokkien | English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 September 2006 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Keleti álmok See more »

Filming Locations:

Singapore

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Budget:

SGD 800,000 (estimated)
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5C Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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As preparation for their roles as fiancées, Asher Su and Serene Chen conducted a fake SMS and e-mail romance for weeks before the shoot. To Serene's chagrin, Dick gave her the nickname "milky pig". See more »

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5Cs- the depth in life
15 September 2006 | by dangao_lyslSee all my reviews

Coming from the island nation, the film executes a poignant, familiar yet deep maturity of our people. Being a local, it is especially refreshing to perceive a film that reflects how materialistic pursuits can sometimes lead to greater regret and multiple loss. As locals, we've all breathed the endless pursuit of the 5Cs so expounded in the film, yet, do we ever stop to wonder where these dreams will take us? It portrays a message of change, of growth and of closure in humans. Life in our society tends to force us to move on quickly, but by so doing, we leave behind much of our past, only to resurface negatively in the future. Several local films tend to leave an open door for future discussion, but this film has brought the internal emotions into a closure- for both the parents or the children. It speaks of resolution and change for the future, yet a desire to hold on to our roots or our past.

Both Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen have remained true to the characters, despite the different circumstances; and it is indeed beautiful to observe how this will appeal tremendously to the local man-on-the-street. The local set, the liberal use of dialect, the dramatic camera angles; as well as the perfect diction of all characters also contribute to enable Singapore Dreaming truly a film whereby anyone can enjoy- without pondering too deeply.

Singapore Dreaming also seems to quietly reflect the crossover ease from drama to screen as well; allowing viewers to accept this film as one of the matured films from Singapore.


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