Francis (Bosco Francis) is a man at the end of his tether. The former magician often takes solace in the bottle and barely ekes a living as a cleaner in a nightclub. He has a 10-year-old son he desperately loves, but sorrow, guilt and constant inebriation have made him an ineffectual father. The son (Jathishweran) is a stoic old soul who has learned to bury his affection for his old man and to cope with his chaotic life.
A broken spirit and a single parent, Francis hopes to redeem himself and win his son’s love and respect. He makes a painful – and bizarre – return to magic. An unexpected incident one night sets father and son on the road. In a dilapidated building, these two wounded souls come to terms with their love which is as deep and acute as their grief. –zhaowei.com
Eric Khoo, born in 1965, is a film director from Singapore. He was introduced to the world of cinema at a very early age. He attended City Art Institute in Sydney, Australia where he pursued cinematography.
Eric Khoo put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature film “Mee Pok Man” (1995), picking up prizes at Fukuoka, Pusan and Singapore. His second feature “12 Storeys” (1997) won the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award and the UOB Young Cinema Award at the 10th Singapore International Festival, and the Golden Maile Award for Best Picture at the 17th Hawaii International Film Festival. More importantly “12 Storeys” was the first Singaporean film to be invited officially to participate in the 50th Cannes Film Festival (1997).
Mee Pok Man and 12 Storeys have together been screened at over 60 film festivals, held all over the world including Ivy League festivals such as Venice, Berlin and Rotterdam.
In 1998, Eric Khoo was… read more
The first film from Singapore to be nominated for the Palme is a modest exploration of a father-son relationship and familial redemption, following an ex-magician-cum-alcoholic and his disenfranchised young son. What with its short duration, it mayn’t be ground-breaking or especially remarkable a work, but is similarly not inept or too misguided in its focus by any significant means, amid its slight setting in the seedier quarters of the diverse, bustling city-state. A touching little film still.