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Friday, July 13, 2012


REMINISCE from Tan Jiahui on Vimeo.

CastMichael Chua & Teh Siew Peng
Make-up & logging: Felicia Quah
Sound direction & Editing: Vivian Koh
Cam & Gaffer: Mark Wee
Direction of Photography: Choo Han Pin
Written, Produced and Directed by Tan Jiahui

"For my Grandfather.
May you rest in peace." Jiahui

If you have felt the depressive monotony, but yet lightened by the token surprise at the end, then the film would have done its magic in its brief three minutes.

Marriage comes as a package. The person we love and marry will one day die and leave us, no matter what. Reminiscence of old times is sweet, but it robs us of the present. 

This is personal project of Jiahui. The script is in Hokkien, a southern Chinese dialect from the Province of Fujian, now not commonly spoken by young people in Singapore. Production took half a day (including the makeup) sometime last year (2011), amid the backdrop of the mildly quaint JTC apartment blocks in Jurong, west side in Singapore. 

This is the first time I am playing such an advanced age. It makes me reflect about life and how I would rather choose to live happier times in my later years.

Rapid Ageing in Progress...
For more Hokkien stuff, click here.


  1. Amazing how the makeup aged you! Great job staying in character.
    The filmmaker should do a follow-up piece showing you and the grandmother younger and happier.

  2. Yes, I ought to be in more blissful scripts.
    See http://michael-chua.blogspot.sg/2012/04/this-is-one-shoot-that-i-will-remember.html