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A Land Imagined (2018)

Huan tu (original title)
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A lonely construction worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site, and a sleepless police investigator must put himself in the mind of the migrant to uncover the truth beneath all that sand.

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Siew Hua Yeo

Writer:

Siew Hua Yeo
12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Yu ... Lok
Xiaoyi Liu Xiaoyi Liu ... Wang
Yue Guo ... Mindy (as Luna Kwok)
Jack Tan ... Jason
Ishtiaque Zico Ishtiaque Zico ... Ajit
Kelvin Ho Kelvin Ho ... George
George Low George Low ... Foreman Lee
Debabrota Basu Debabrota Basu ... Hossein
Andie Chen ... Ming Ming
Khalishan Liang Khalishan Liang ... Tong
Qin Tianshu Qin Tianshu ... Brat
Ottylia Liu Ottylia Liu ... Brat's Girlfriend
Xiao Jing Xiao Jing ... Zhou
Andy Nyo Andy Nyo ... Ah Hao
Joey Heng Joey Heng ... Couple Girl
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A lonely construction worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site, and a sleepless police investigator must put himself in the mind of the migrant to uncover the truth beneath all that sand.

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Drama | Mystery

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First Singaporean film to win the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. See more »

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Troll862: I think he wasn't picky. That's what happens when you're lonely.
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Hejira
Composed, arranged, and performed by Cheryl Ong
Commissioned by Performance Space (Sydney) for the publication 'Reflections on Liveworks 2017'
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A Singaporean Failed Attempt to do David Lynch!
13 June 2020 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

A Land Imagined is described as, and perhaps hoped to be, a neo-noir mystery about an insomniac policeman, who somehow dreams (spot the contradiction) his way into solving crimes. ( Hello Special Agent Dale Cooper!) For those hoping for some sort of crime procedural thriller, don't hold your breath, because it never arrives. We don't even find out who reported the missing guy Wang, that Officer Lok seeks and we never actually see Lok in any sort of police environment.

A Land Imagined is one of those badly constructed films that just doesn't know what it wants to be. It's certainly no mystery thriller, though it kind of attempts to start that way. Then Lok disappears from the narrative for a good half of the film as it goes into social critique mode, exploring the lifestyle (if you could call it that) of (cheaper) immigrant workers from (mentioned in the film) Bangladesh and China. This is not to say the concept itself is unworthy of exploration. But it just doesn't fit, done in the neo-surrealistic style we see here, employed by writer/director Yeo Siew Hua, who to be quite frank, just doesn't have the storytelling goods to let all these different influences coalesce coherently into a worthwhile story.

Unless you're looking for relief from insomnia, I recommend staying well away from A Land Imagined.


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Bengali | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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