Fade In / Fade Out: Fantastic Worlds

  • October 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Saturday
  • Woodlands Regional Library Auditorium


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For more information, visit www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary. Admission is free and no registration is required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. House will open 30 mins before the screening time.

1. 大俠梅花鹿 The Fantasy of the Deer Warrior (1961, Taiwan)
14 Oct, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, 兀兰区域图书馆 Woodlands Regional Library, B1 Auditorium
PG / B&W / Taiwanese Hokkien / English and Chinese subtitles / 87 min
Director: Chang Ying
Cast: Ling Yun, Pai Hung, Lam Lam, Hsu Yu, Ou Yun-Lung

The peaceful lives of the forest animals are disrupted by an attack from a pack of wolves. The tragic events that follow prompt the Sika Deer to go on a journey to seek revenge. The sly Fox who is exiled for her sinister plots against Miss Deer, conspires with the Wolf to launch a vengeful attack on the rest of the animals.
This playful Taiwanese film features a mash-up of numerous Aesop’s Fables punctuated by musical interludes and live-action actors in animal suits traipsing around a forest setting.

With support from Taiwan Film Institute and Taiwan Cinema Toolkit

PG / 黑白 / 闽南语 / 中英文字幕 / 87分钟


2. Pontianak Gua Musang (1964, Singapore)
14 Oct, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, Woodlands Regional Library, B1 Auditorium
PG / B&W / Malay / English subtitles / 122 min
Director B. Narayan Rao
Cast: Suraya Haron, Malik Selamat, Ghazali Sumantri, Umi Kalthum

Rohani and Halimah are relatives who both fall in love with the same man, Amran, who eventually chooses to be with Rohani. Driven by jealousy, Halimah plots to kill the pregnant Rohani, who dies after giving birth to a baby girl. The baby, Comel, grows up to resemble her mother, leading Halimah to believe that Comel is the reincarnation of Rohani, out to seek vengeance.
Based on Southeast Asian folklore, the Pontianak is a vampiric ghost of a woman who had tragically perished during childbirth. The spirit takes form of a beautiful woman who entices her victims before turning into a ghastly creature and attacking them.

Pontianak Gua Musang is the last of B. N. Rao’s Singapore-made Pontianak films following the peak of Malay horror cinema in the 1950s. Shot on a low budget, the use of trick photography, makeup and humour became unique signifiers to the genre.

From the Asian Film Archive Collection
Courtesy of Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd

3. 中国超人Super Inframan (1975, Hong Kong)
15 Oct, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, 兀兰区域图书馆 Woodlands Regional Library, B1 Auditorium
PG / Colour / Mandarin / English subtitles / 95 min
Director: Hua Shan
Cast: Danny Lee, Wong Hap, Yuen Man Tzu, Terry Liu

After 10 million years of slumber, the demon Princess Elzebub awakens and plots to conquer Earth. She summons her army of skeleton ghosts and mutant humanoids to wreak havoc. Lei Ma, a high-ranking Science Headquarters Officer who has been bestowed powers to transform into the solar-powered superhero Inframan, is mankind’s only hope.
Filmed in Tokusatsu-style, Super Inframan is a psychedelic fusion of martial arts, Japanese giant monsters and pseudo-science fiction. This Shaw Brothers’ gem is the very first Chinese superhero action film and arguably Hong Kong’s answer to Ultraman.

© Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved.

PG / 彩色 / 华语 / 英文字幕 / 95分钟


4. Citizen Dog (2004, Thailand)
15 Oct, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, Woodlands Regional Library, B1 Auditorium
PG / Colour / Thai / English subtitles / 100 min
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng
Cast: Mahasamut Boonyaruk, Saengthong Gate-Uthong, Sawatwong Palakawong Na Autthaya

Country bumpkin Pod travels to Bangkok from the countryside, refusing to heed his granny’s warning that he will grow a tail if he lived in the city. He finds a soulmate in Jin and they both live out their fantastical lives while trying to fulfill their dreams.
Based on a novel written by Wisit’s collaborative partner and wife, this colourful and surrealistic Thai romantic comedy has been frequently compared to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie.

Influenced by the Thai melodramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Wisit transforms the setting of contemporary Bangkok into a world similar to that of Wizard of Oz, where grandma reincarnates as a gecko, fingers reattach themselves and a dead motorcyclist becomes a zombie.
This film has screened at the Berlin Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and commercially in France.

© Licensed by Five Star Production. All rights reserved.

5. Medium Rare (1991, Singapore)
29 Oct, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Woodlands Regional Library, B1 Auditorium
NC16 (some disturbing scenes) / Colour / English / No subtitles / 98 min / Post-screening panel discussion in English by Toh Hun Ping & Chew Tee Pao
Director: Arthur Smith
Cast: Margaret Chan, Dore Kraus, Jamie Marshall

A journalist develops a bizarre relationship with a medium while dabbling with the mystical. Tragedy unfolds when the characters lose themselves in the bid to harness the supernatural.
Loosely based on the notorious Adrian Lim ritual murders in the early 1980s, Medium Rare is Singapore’s first full-length English language film. Shot in Singapore, it was set in various locales such as the Peranakan house on Tong Watt Road, a house on Mount Pleasant Drive and East Coast Park.
Due to the rating of this film, valid identity document which carries a photo of the bearer with date of birth indicated must be presented for age verification. We will not be able to allow entry without any valid photo identification. Age is based on the birth date and not birth year.

From the Asian Film Archive Collection
With support from Errol Pang (Derrol Stepenny Production)

6. 红鬃烈马The Red-Haired Steed (1963, Hong Kong)
29 Oct, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, 兀兰区域图书馆 Woodlands Regional Library, B1 Auditorium
Rating to be advised / B&W / Teochew / English and Chinese subtitles / 111 min / Post-screening talk in Mandarin by Su Zhangkai
Director: Law Cho (Law Chi)
Cast: Chen Chuhui, Fang Qiaoyu, Mei Zhen, Zhang Yingyan

The prime minister’s daughter sees a flying dragon. She rushes out of her mansion only to find a beggar who resembles the man in her dream. Despite their differences in social status, she falls in love and is determined to be with him at any cost.
Adapted from a well-known folktale, The Red-Haired Steed was first rendered in Peking and Cantonese live operas. Featuring traditional opera stunts such as hair-flinging and horsewhip-cracking, this film is a great introduction to the Teochew cinematic heritage.

Courtesy of Mr. Lee Gee Hing and Hong Kong Film Archive, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

分级待定 / 黑白 / 潮语 / 中英文字幕 / 111分钟 / 映后华语讲座由苏章恺主讲