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Bereavement that follows from the death of his grandfather drives a young boy to spend most of his time outside the home playing with neighbours. This sense of loss becomes clearer when he asks an elderly stranger to teach him to play the harmonica, like his grandfather said he would. Soon, he learns to find solace in the emblems that remind him of his grandfather and his surrogate.

  • Director: Ash Ong Chao Hong
  • Runtime: 13m17s
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2007-D-1135
  • Subtitles: English
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Producer: Kim Yap
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Production Country: Singapore

Cast List:

  • Cai Yu Xuan, Sim Beng Leong, Jenny Kwong, Jasmine Goh, Watson Phua, Lim Chiong Ngian, Wang Si Zhao, Wang Si Yuan


  • Scriptwriter - Ong Chao Hong
  • Cinematographer - Amelia Su
  • Camera Assistant - Angel Yong
  • Gaffers - Isaac Ray Thomas, Kenny Yek, Angel Yong
  • Grips - Hong Yaw Chang, Dustin Lau, Ian Wee, Cheong Yew Mun, Jude Sherman D'Cruz, M. Senthilnathan, Jerrold M. Spencer
  • Sound Recordist - Rizal Bin Baharom
  • Sound Assistant - Alvin Tang
  • Art Director - Tan Ai Yong
  • Script Supervisor - Lim Teng Lai
  • Transport Manager - Sharifah Hasliza
  • Computer Graphics - Raymond Koh
  • Visual Effects - Ryan Phillipe Lee
  • Subtitles - Lim Teng Lai
  • Sound Designer - Rizal Bin Baharom, Lim Teng Lai
  • Music Composer - Ng Tzer Huei
  • Project Advisor - Jamal Farley


  • Relationships - Grandfather/Grandson, Father/Son, Surrogate
  • Themes - Bereavement, Death, Loss, Longing
  • Items -  Umbrella
  • Musical Instruments - Harmonica

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