A Light in the Darkness 明月照灰霾

Buddhist monk Venerable Pu Liang and his disciples provided shelter to many refugees in his monastery during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. Their efforts go unappreciated when the refugees express their mistrust against Pu Liang when one of them discovers the monks performing a death rite for a Japanese soldier. As the Japanese troops barge into the temple, Pu Liang has to decide if he should put others before himself.

  • Director: Liew Shi Xiong
  • Runtime: 24m0s
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2010-D-1890
  • Subtitles: English, Mandarin
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Producer: Yan Zixin
  • Language: Japanese, Mandarin
  • Production Country: Singapore

Cast List:

  • Lim Hock Lai
  • Law Jun Yuan Louis
  • Danny Jow
  • Leung Churk Seng Jae
  • Tang Zhan Wei
  • Png Zhen Yu
  • Tay Fu Zhong


  • Director of Photography / Editor - Pang Sern Yong
  • Production Designer - Yang Shuhui
  • Supervising Producer - Dr. Stephen Teo
  • Original Music / Sound Designer - Zhang Zhenyong Johnson
  • Assistant Producer - Wang Simin
  • Assistant Director - Welyon Sutjipto
  • Camera Operator - Peter Koh
  • Sound Recordist - Ben Phua
  • Junior Grip - Png Zhen Yu
  • Script Supervisor - Glenda Tang Ying Ying
  • Production Assistants - Yeo Kaizong Amos, Lim Hui Wen Sharlene, Guo Wenxu, Jeremy Oh, Grace Thia, Maryam Mohamed Mokthar
  • Make-up Artist - Lim Hui Wen Sharlene, Alex Ho
  • Still Photographer - Ivan Tan Jian Ming, Kwek Zeming


  • Countries - Singapore, China
  • Eras - 1940s
  • Events - Japanese Occupation, 2nd Sino-Japanese War, Operation Sook Ching of 1942
  • People - Buddhist monks, Japanese soldiers, refugees
  • Religion - Buddhism
  • Places - Changi beach, Buddhist temple, prison
  • Activities - food-rationing; performing death rites, chanting, surgery, deserting the military
  • Themes - death, sacrifice, benevolence, religion
  • Weapons - rifle, pistol

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