Singapore, 11 September 2017 – Commissioned by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) to showcase the unique Singapore Chinese culture as part of the inaugural SCCC Cultural Extravaganza in May this year, the widely acclaimed omnibus film, 667 (回程 667) will soon find itself an international audience as it makes its premiere at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival taking place from 12 to 21 October 2017. Members of the public who missed the earlier screening will also get the opportunity to catch the film as SCCC hosts additional screenings of the commissioned film from 23 to 24 September 2017.
Produced by award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan, and directed by Singapore’s next-generation local filmmakers – Kirsten Tan (Pop Aye), Eva Tang (The Songs We Sang), He Shuming (And The Wind Falls), Liao Jiekai (Red Dragonflies) and Jun Chong (also shortlisted for the prestigious Asian Film Academy 2017 hosted by Busan International Film Festival and Busan Film Commission), 667 tells five stories that trace each filmmaker’s journey in re-discovering their cultural roots and how they make Singapore home.
“The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre provides the platform for young local art and culture practitioners, such as our filmmakers, to pursue and showcase their talents. This commissioned film for our inaugural SCCC Cultural Extravaganza has received such a warm reception during its premiere in May this year. With the additional screenings at the SCCC, we hope that more Singaporeans will have the opportunity to learn about the diversity of our culture and heritage through the perspective of our filmmakers. We would also like to congratulate Royston, the filmmakers and the production crew for being selected to the prestigious film festival,” said Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
Executive Producer of 667, Royston Tan, also shared, “The film is a personal journey and an introspection by our five filmmakers as they explore different aspects of Singapore’s Chinese culture and how they relate to it. The team is excited to continue sharing our unique culture with international audience at the Busan International Film Festival，as well as Singaporeans at the additional screenings at the SCCC in experiencing these meaningful stories, which we believe will resonate with everyone.”
From personal struggles, to traditional art forms, familial bonds, down to the spirit of the Chinese communities; the five-part anthology threads together the past and present as generations seek to understand, appreciate, preserve and pass on our heritage. See protagonists from Chinese classics get a modern update and a collection of beautiful cheongsams designed by top Singapore designer, Laichan; or salivate over Cantonese dishes such as the deep-fried yam ring roll that Singaporeans are oh-so-familiar with. Local award-winning filmmaker, Boo Junfeng – most famously known for his acclaimed film Apprentice (2016) also makes his acting debut in Nocturne, one of the 667 anthologies. (Please refer to Annex A for the synopsis of each short film.)
Tickets to the 667 additional screenings at the SCCC from 23 to 24 September 2017 are available from SISTIC.
Date / Time: 23 September 2017 (Saturday), 2.30pm & 7.30pm 24 September 2017 (Sunday), 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Duration: 75 mins
Language: Mandarin and some dialect, with English and Chinese subtitles
Ticket Price: $15
Commissioned by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, and produced by award-winning filmmaker, Royston Tan, 667 is an anthology of shorts by young local film directors – Eva Tang (The Songs We Sang), He Shuming (And The Wind Falls), Kirsten Tan (POP AYE), Liao Jiekai (Red Dragonflies), and Jun Chong, who is debuting his first film.
Featuring five short stories of the reflections, interpretations and perspectives of these Singaporean filmmakers as they go on a journey in search of their cultural roots and how they make Singapore home, the omnibus seamlessly weaves the past and present as generations seek to understand, appreciate, preserve and pass on our heritage.