A BIG ROAD Feature Film / 90 Minutes / Mandarin Chinese with English Subtitles
A One Kind Pictures Production
A BIG ROAD is the feature debut of Alec TOK, who has been a part of Singapore’s theatre and film industry for almost two decades as an actor, director and producer.
Shot in HD in and around Shanghai, the feature will receive its World Premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival in April 2009.
In this intriguing and quietly evocative portrayal of modern Chinese lives, we enter the world of Minjie, a young woman caught between the past and the present; between life and death. As her spirit wanders about the city of Shanghai and its suburbs, we bear witness to the downtrodden existence of a beautiful daughter named Yulian, and the erotic liaisons of a virgin, Xiaofang, caught in the empty demi-monde of her wealthy older patron. But things are about to change. The arrival of an infant sets off a series of events that open a new chapter for all three women, where dreams, desires and a desperate yearning soon meld into one. Hope will prevail where beauty dwells, in this surprising journey from death to life.
StarringFU YAWEN hails from Henan in China. A full-time actress with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, she has performed in many plays including Red and Black, The Splendid East Sea, and The Last Day of Mr. Kim. This is her feature debut.
LIN JIENI, currently a student at the Shanghai Theater Academy, has been involved in movie–making since her childhood days. She was a child star in features such as The World and A Background of Strangeness.
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NIU NIU is a full-time actress with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center. Her stage credits include lead roles in Happy Days and Yuan Lingyu. She is also a recording artist and a TV personality, winning the Best Newcomer Prize at the 2006 CCTV Awards.
ALEC TOK is a New York-based film and theater director. He had a prominent career as a stage actor and was a highly successful producer of popular musicals and comedy revues, in Singapore. He then moved into directing after obtaining an MFA in Directing from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. Since then, his work has been seen by audiences in San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. A Big Road is Alec’s first full-length feature.
DAMON CHUA is a Los Angeles-based producer/writer. He helped to produce the made-in-Singapore feature Perth, which was the first and only Singaporean feature to receive wide distribution in the US (through Tartan Film’s famed Asia Extreme Series), and was invited to many film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. Damon is also a prize-winning playwright and screenwriter. He latest play Film Chinois was recently published by Samuel French.