The Tiger Factory

19 year-old Ping yearns to go to Japan to work in a car parts company. Under the guardianship of her aunt, she works two jobs in a restaurant and a pig farm to earn enough money to live her dream, occasionally stealing from her employers to earn a little extra cash. This goal also leads her to be involved in a business where immigrant workers are paid to impregnante women, who in return get money for giving birth. When Ping realises that her aunt has been hiding the business from her all along, she is forced to make a difficult decision.

  • Director: Woo Ming Jin
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
  • Accession No: 2013-D-2119
  • Subtitles: English
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Producer: Woo Ming Jin, Edmund Yeo
  • Language: Cantonese, Malay, Mandarin
  • Production Country: Malaysia

Cast List:

  • Fooi Mun Lai
  • Pearlly Chua
  • Susan Lee
  • Rum Nun Chung
  • Loh Bok Lai
  • Lesly Leon Lee


  • Executive Producer - Kohei Ando
  • Assistant Producer - Yuiko Kato
  • Cinematography - Chun Hung Wan
  • Editing - Kenny Chua Kuang Eng, Edmund Yeo
  • Director of Photography - Wan Chung Hung
  • Gaffer - Wan Chung Hung, Lesly Leon Lee
  • First assistant camera - Lesly Leon Lee
  • Second Assistant Camera - Kenny Chua
  • Production Designer/ Costume - Lim Seow Wei
  • Production Consultant - Gan Hui Yee
  • Sound recording - Cheong Sau Pan
  • Sound Mixing - Kenny Chua
  • Location Manager - Alex Chow
  • Story Consultant - Tan Chui Mui
  • Burmese consultant - Rum Nun Chung
  • Production Assistant - Choo Toong Hoe, Shalini Ravenheran
  • Still photography - Edmund Yeo
  • Colour correction - Wan Chun Hung, Kenny Chua
  • Financial Planner - Miyako Kobayashi
  • Lightning Equipment - Greenlight Pictures


  • Themes - Morality vs. Money, Starting a new life, the value of a life, self-gain
  • Activities - being pregnant, delivering stillborn, sex, imgregnation, selling babies, stealing from employers, two jobs, washing dishes, washing and feeding pigs, bribery, phone calls at public phone booth
  • Items - Travel documents, passport, money (ringgit), chinese herbs (for pregnancy and abortion), IDD card, money box
  • Characters - Ping, Aunt, Mei, Piu, Kang, immigrant workers, policemen, Ah Seng
  • Relationship - Ping and Aunt (niece and aunt), Ping and Kang, Ping and Mei
  • Places - Malaysia, Japan, Pig Farm, Restaurant, the docks

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