by Chris Chong Chan Fui
Malaysia 2009, 76 min, 35 mm
In a small Malaysian village, Betik returns from Kuala Lumpur. He intends to build up a future back home with his mother and starts helping out in the family’s karaoke bar – a karaoke where the neighbourhood gathers and sings. But nobody is as naïve as he seems. In the innocence of a small village in the estate, subtle manipulations and deceptions seep through.
Cast & Crew
With: Zahiril Adzim, Mislina Mustaffa, Mohammad Hariry, Nadiyatul Nisaa
Production: Tanjung Aru Pictures in association with Red Films
World Premiere: Cannes FF, Directors' Fortnight 2009
Toronto IFF 2009
Calgary IFF 2009
Vancouver IFF 2009
Pusan IFF 2009
London FF 2009
Vienna IFF 2009
Mar del Plata FF 2009
Göteborg IFF 2010
FacaVoce Mesmo - O Novo Cinema da Malásia 2010
Hong Kong IFF 2010
Melbourne IFF 2010
Taipei FF 2019
Nomination for Best Editor (Lee Chatametikool) at the Asian Film Awards 2010,
Maverick Award - Calgary IFF 2009
Chris Chong Chan Fui
Chris Chong Chan Fui is a Borneo-Malaysian-born filmmaker and media artist
focused on unconventional stories and experimentation between traditional cinema
and new media arts. Chris’ latest experimental work Block B won the top
short film prize at Argentina’s 2008 Mar del Plata Film Festival and the 2008 Toronto
International Film Festival for the second year in a row (2007’s Kolam also picked up
the same prize in Toronto). Block B has also been invited to the International Film
Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger competition and the Berlin Film Festival in 2009.
Chris is an Asian Scholarship Foundation (Ford Foundation) fellow, and in 2006, he
was invited to Pusan’s Asian Film Academy.
His first feature, Karaoke, was invited to Berlin Film Festival’s Script Clinic in 2007
and was selected to participate in the Hong Kong-Asian Film Financing Forum (HAF)
in 2008. It was completed in May 2009. The Tour will be his second feature, shot in
his hometown of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo-Malaysia. The project was selected for the
2009 edition of Cinemart (Rotterdam Film Festival).
Compound, an audio-visual installation in collaboration with Japanese sound artist
Yasuhiro Morinaga, was be presented in Toronto and Kuala Lumpur in 2009/10.