Home Movie Vault Disc Vault Coming Soon Join Our Mailing List Local Scene Articles About Us Contest Soundtrack Books eStore


Genre: Drama
Starring: Richard Low, Alice Lim, Serene Chen, Lim Yu-Beng, Yeo Yann Yann, Dick Su
Director: Colin Goh, Woo Yen Yen
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006



- Trailers
- Making of
- Deleted Scenes



Languages: Chinese, English & Dialect Dialogue
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: -
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Singapore Dreaming is a story about a family with big dreams, living on a small island. Disappointed by his failed dreams, Lim Poh Huat vents his frustration on his family. So when he wins the lottery, everyone believes the money will deliver them from their struggles. However, something happens which pitches the Loh family into a battle where the stakes are the very meaning of life itself. Singapore Dreaming is a poignant yet darkly humourous story about a typical Singaporean family coming to grips with loss, ambition and what's really matters in life.


If Be With Me is the benchmark for Singapore made films, then Singapore Dreaming is the hallmark of Singapore cinema. Coming from the husband and wife team of Colin Goh and Woo Yen-Yen, the minds behind the Talking Cock phenomenon, Singapore Dreaming has become THE Singapore film to watch. Applauded for its brutal honesty in reflecting the Singaporean ideal as real as possible, the film also scores with its ability to connect with Singaporeans from every walk of life.

Richard Low, as the patriarch of the family serves well as the tie that ironically, binds the whole family together. Alice Lim as his non-English speaking wife plays the role of a loyal and shattered wife to a T. As siblings, Dick Su and theatre actress, Yeo Yann Yann both chew up their scenes having brought their game to work. Serene Chen and Lim Yu Beng round off the cast with much

Singapore Dreaming is not a social commentary, rather it is driven by Colin Goh and Woo Yen-Yen’s quick wit and sharp writing, proving the script to be one of the best Singapore made one in recent times. No surprise then that it garnered a writing award at San Sebastian. The husband and wife team seem like natural observers of the Singapore kind with their ability to bring the characters to life with much aplomb.

What could have been easily passed off as the pilot of a potential Channel 8 drama serial, Singapore Dreaming has avoided the pitfall by having a dynamic team of directors/writers, actors and crew. It is good to know that while there are local filmmakers who wish to explore different genres and types, there is Singapore Dreaming, which we can all be proud of that reflects the true essence of being Singaporean.


The DVD comes with the usual fare of trailer and photo gallery. It also carries a fifteen minute long Making Of feature, giving an insight into the process of making Singapore Dreaming. In this, both cast and crew share their experiences of working on the film. It was wonderful to find out more from veteran actors acting on the silver screen for the first time. It was also great to know how the Singapore Dreaming team came together.

Unfortunately, the feature is too short that it feels like a rushed job or a vignette that could appear on Arts Central. Had the feature been more extensive, delving deeper into the production aspects, it would have complemented a compelling movie making this DVD a collectible must have.

The DVD also comes with Deleted Scenes from the film. It had quirky moments like Pinky the maid removing a maid figurine from the offerings made at the patriarch’s funeral and mundane moments like characters walking in silence for long periods of time. While the deleted scenes showed what was well, excluded, it would have been fun to know the filmmakers or actors thoughts on the scenes.


Although the disc comes with Dolby Digital 5.1, there's little occasion in the film that requires it's presence. But it did enhance the clarity of the dialogues which consists the bulk of "Singapore Dreaming". Visually, it's grainy in certain sequences and shots, however not to the extent of marring your viewing experience.



Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri



Alternative Opinion:

. The movie review by our columnist


. Living The Dream

6 Lives. 5Cs. 2 Vision. 1 Dream

Other titles from Scorpio East:

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid



This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East

DISCLAIMER: Images, Textual, Copyrights and trademarks for the film and related entertainment properties mentioned
herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for the promotional purposes of said properties.
All other logo and design Copyright©2004-2007, movieXclusive.com™
All Rights Reserved.