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3 Films at the Singapore Chinese Film Festival you have to watch!

By Say Peng  /  06 Apr 2019 (Saturday)

Film still from 'A Dog's Life'

Tickets for the 7th Singapore Chinese Film Festival are on sale!

But with over 50 films, it can be a little overwhelming and difficult to choose which film to watch. So if you're struggling to decide, allow us to recommend you 3 films to start with.

Do you like dogs? Are you a fan of Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'?

If you are, then you will surely enjoy 'A Dog's Life'.

Directed by Taiwanese director Chang Yi, the film follows four people and their respective four dogs, including a little boy trying to find a puppy who had beaten his hand on the streets of the rainy night and a dog-loving man who rescues a one-eyed stray dog. The film took 10 years to finish and features four different styles of animation. 

'A Dog's Life' was nominated for Best Animation Feature at the 55th Golden Horse Awards.

Chang Yi will be present for a post-show Q&A.

The film will be screened together with 'Vios', a short documentary by Singapore director Ler Jiyuan about the last days of his pet dog who passed away from terminal cancer.

Get your ticket for 'A Dog's Life' here.

The opening film of the Singapore Chinese Film Festival, 'Still Human' is Hong Kong director Oliver Chan Siu Kuen's debut feature, starring Anthony Wong and Cecilia Yip.

Wong plays a paralyzed divorcee who develops a close relationship with his new Filipino domestic helper, Evelyn, who has put her dream on hold in order to come to Hong Kong to earn a living.

Chan won Best New Director at the Asian Film Awards and the film was nominated for eight awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress at the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Get your ticket for 'Still Human' here.

Before she signed on to become the first female Asian-American director to helm a DC movie ('Birds of Prey' starring Margot Robbie), China-born American-based Cathay Yan directed 'Dead Pigs', winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting.

Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing China, the wacky absurdist Altmanesque ensemble comedy follows a struggling pig farmer whose pigs mysteriously start dying, a salon owner whose house is on the verge of demolition, a hopelessly romantic busboy (played by Mason Lee, director Ang Lee's son), an expat architect desperate for a breakthrough, and an aimless rich girl, before their intertwining fates converge on a climatic finale. 

Variety praised 'Dead Pigs', calling it "sprawling, bouncing, jaunty debut" and "an antidote to China’s weightier arthouse output."

Get your ticket for 'Dead Pigs' here.

For more information about the other films at the festival, check out the festival's website.
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