Like some people in the Taiwanese audience, I was put off by director Anthony Chen's rude and arrogant posture during his acceptance speeches at the Golden Horse awards. I am glad that he has apologised.
Ilo Ilo is a good film, but most certainly not an exceptional one. It is a modest effort compared to the best in world cinema, including Chen's all-time favourite films - Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953), Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959) and Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day (1991).
I hope Golden Village will consider pairing Ilo Ilo with Wong Chen-Hsi's film Innocents, which did not receive mainstream distribution here, as a screening package based on their similar childhood themes.
The Singapore Film Commission, Singapore Tourism Board and Ministry of Foreign Affairs should also ride on Ilo Ilo's success and present it with Innocents, Royston Tan's 4:30 (2005), Eric Khoo's Be With Me (2005) and Boo Junfeng's Sandcastle (2010) as part of our country's cultural diplomacy efforts.
These showcases may well yield opportunities for collaboration between our film-makers and their foreign counterparts. And that can only be good for the local film industry and our country.
Director Anthony Chen's win (Ilo Ilo Takes Home Big Prize At Awards, The Sunday Times, Nov 24) shows that Singapore film-makers who make huge financial sacrifices to create impactful films showcasing life in Singapore do exist.
I sincerely hope this award will dispel audiences' misconception that Holllywood blockbusters are always better than locally produced films.
This award is pivotal to Singapore film-making, as well as to generations who will grow up dreaming of becoming movie directors.
Singapore has the know-how to make movies of an international standard. A standing ovation for Chen and his team.
First of all, congratulations to the director and cast of Ilo Ilo for their impressive win at the Golden Horse awards.
Sadly, someone was conspicuously absent from the party. Where was actress Angeli Bayani from the Philippines who plays the maid?
Her absence at the awards ceremony is puzzling. In Singapore, she is hardly mentioned and her picture hardly features in print.
Chan Wai Piew Daniel
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