Private Screening: MOON OVER MALAYA (1957)

Photo Credits: Ho Kian Ngiap and the Hong Kong Film Archive, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Date/Time: 17th July 2010 (Sat), 10am – 12noon
Venue: Filmgarde Cineplex
Level 5, Iluma
201 Victoria Street
Singapore 188067

The Asian Film Archive is organising a special screening of Moon Over Malaya to thank its partners, supporters, volunteers and friends.

The Film
Ngok Ming (Patrick Tse) is an idealistic young man, passionate about promoting and developing education in Malaya. He approaches a wealthy Chinese businessman to raise funds for building schools and meets the young heiress, Cho-lin (Nam Hung). After a whirlwind romance, they get married. However, Ngok Ming struggles to balance his passion for education and performing his duty of managing the family business. As conflicts between the characters escalate, Ngok Ming and Cho-lin make decisions that change their lives forever.

1957 | 91mins | Cantonese with English, Mandarin subtitles | Director Chun Khim | Assistant Director Chor Yuen

The Heritage
Moon Over Malaya was shot in Singapore and Malaysia in 1957 and starred Patrick Tse, Nam Hung and Patsy Kar Ling before their heydays of stardom. The film was produced by the Kong Ngee Company, founded by Singaporean brothers, Ho Khee-yong and Ho Khee-siang, in 1937. With its contemporary, modern and urbane films, Kong Ngee created a new standard in Cantonese cinema – a cinema that attracted and became the pastime of younger people in a bustling and newly affluent post-war Asia.

More than 400 films were made by Singapore producers in the golden age of Singapore’s cinema heritage during the 1950s-70s, but a significant portion of these films are lost. A lot more funds need to be raised to preserve, maintain, digitise and restore surviving films from this era.

The Archive
The Asian Film Archive is a charity founded to preserve the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, to encourage research on film and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form. Its collection is made available to the public through the Asian Film Archive Reference Collection and the Archive reaches out dynamically to the community by organising screenings, educational and cultural programmes. The Asian Film Archive’s work is recognised locally and internationally by leading film archives around the world.

About ACDN
Founded in 2007 and part of the TQ Global Group, ACDN’s main business is in the distribution and aggregation of content targeted for the global audience. ACDN has its own distribution portal to house its client production and content for distribution. Its client customers can view the content on the Internet. All transaction and delivery can also be executed through the web portal. ACDN is also involved in film financing and co-production. ACDN has its own digitization facility in Singapore for digitization of all tape-based recorded media.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design is one of the world's leading post production facilities born out of the conviction that people, ideas and creativity are just as important as great tools. Specialising in commercials, feature films and documentaries, Blackmagic Design has earned a reputation for working in creative partnership with its clients, to produce work of an impeccably high standard.

About Filmgarde Cineplex
The latest entrant to the cinema exhibition industry in Singapore, Filmgarde Cineplex aims to provide a diverse range of movie options and experiences to cinema goers in Singapore. Filmgarde’s Flagship Cineplex of approximately 1,400 seats is tentatively scheduled to open at Iluma at Bugis end 2008/early 2009. For more information on Filmgarde Cineplex, please visit the website.

About Iluma
Iluma is a new retail-entertainment mall set in the heart of the Bugis district. By gathering diverse state-of-the-art entertainment activities within a memorable urban object, it is a place of playfulness and a source of inspiration for both its visitors and occupants alike. Through a unique synergy of retail options, colourful interiors, and the inclusion of niche arts and cultural activities within its premises, Iluma will be a distinctive and forward looking presence in the retail-entertainment scene in Singapore.

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