A mediation of love and longing, this film is set in the beautiful landscape of Hokkaido, Japan. A young boy whimsically dressed in a monkey suit searches for lost love. Pensive, lyrical and spare, this film embodies the characteristics of a Japanese haiku. –sinema.sg
In 2004, Royston Tan was named as one of the “Top 20 Asian Heroes” by Time Magazine, for being bold, brave and remarkable in his field. Tan’s willingness to push the creative envelope has made him a hero to the city’s independent artists. A filmmaker with a huge cult following around the world, his retrospective show 0104, a showcase featuring all his award winning short films over the last 10 years have traveled to ICA London, Chicago, Japan and Singapore with overwhelming response.
In 2006, Royston Tan’s second feature film 4:30 became the first Singapore film to be funded and co-produced by NHK Japan. The film held its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. 4:30 then went on to bag wards such as the NETPAC Award at the 26th Hawaii International Film Festival, Grand Prix Award for Best Film at the International Film Festival Bratislava and the Best Film Award at the Rome Asian Film Festival.
In 2007, his 3rd feature film 881 became the top grossing… read more
A meditative little film infused with a profound sense of sadness. Despite the title and costume there is nothing flippant or comic here. In some scenes actor Muragishi appears to be sincerely crying in the presence of director Tan. There is some thoughtful discourse between Monkeyboy and a beautiful mountain. The film is dedicated to the memory of Muragishi, adding gravity to the film's already disconsolate tone.