only do we get to watch his ninth film I Don’t
Want To Sleep Alone in its entirety, the Kuching-born
auteur also feels that our Lion City is taking a more
liberal stand on controversial films, like the ones
he is fond of making.
my third work which is released commercially here, and
that is a sign of progress,” says the 49-year-old
filmmaker during a press conference for his latest work
held at the cozy Picturehouse Lounge.
in a casually cool black shirt and a bright red scarf,
Tsai states that although his movies might be different
from what the commercial market has to offer, they won’t
leave you empty after walking out of the theatre.
fluent Mandarin, he tells the media: “It is a
different concept altogether. It is not a consumer product
out to make money. It may just make you a you more whole
as a person.”
new film marks the first time he shot on location in
his homeland, Malaysia. The movie about freedom and
love was initially banned in Malaysia, but is currently
under review by the local censorship board, with five
cuts in consideration.
think we should give the system more time for evolution.”
known for her stage role in Emily of Emerald Hill, Malaysian
actress Pearlly Chua takes on the role of a sexually
repressed woman in her feature film debut. Totally unlike
her loud character in the renowned play, this experience
has been very different for Chua. She says in her articulate
English: “Unlike acting in theatre, I had to tone
down a lot for this character,”
regal in her elegant sarong kebaya, the capable actress
does not shun roles like this because of the challenges
is a surprisingly pleasant process, if I can put it
that way,” she smiles, referring to the saucier
scenes in the film.