Director List

He Shuming

He Shuming is a writer-director from Singapore. He was educated at the Puttnam School of Film and Animation, LASALLE College of The Arts in Singapore and then at the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI), where he completed his MFA in directing. AJOOMMA is his debut feature film. Most recently, he was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, one of the most distinguished honors for the arts in Singapore.

Tran Thanh

Tran Thanh is a popular show host, actor and film producer in Vietnam. In 2021, the movie Dad I’m Sorry, which was co-directed by Tran Thanh, set a record to be the highest-grossing movie in the history of the Vietnamese box office (more than 400 billion VND). The House of No Man is the second movie that Tran Thanh takes on the role of director. With all enthusiasm and talent, Tran Thanh has been meticulous in the filming process to bring out the best scenes on the screen.

In addition, Tran Thanh is experienced in acting since he has played the main roles in other famous movies before, including Win My Baby Back, Ghost Hospital, Little Sunny 2… Throughout the process of making The House of No Man, Tran Thanh kept a close eye on every actor to ensure their acting fully expressed the character’s spirit.

Kok Rui Lau is a Hong Kong-Based Malaysian writer-director. He has participated in Golden Horse Film Academy in 2019. His shorts, Let’s Get Lost (2017), Have A Nice Day (2018), How High The Moon (2019) and Rootless in the City (2019), were selected by various film festivals, such as Asian American International Film Festival (USA), Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival (Taiwan) and Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival (Hong Kong).

Lau’s TV works are diverse, from documentaries to dramas. Till Death Do Us Part (2019) is his directorial debut in TV drama, whereas The Sea Gypsies (2019) is his documentary which was commissioned by RTHK. His debut feature film The Sunny Side of the Street has won ‘Script Service Award’ in Film Lab of Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum and was selected by Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop.

Zero Chou

Zero Chou (1969, Taiwan) has a B.A. in Philosophy. She worked as a journalist before becoming an independent film director. She began her career in documentary and later moved to feature films. She is one of the leading ladies of Taiwanese documentary filmmakers. Her works are philosophical and literary, often based on the motif of female emotions, bringing in thoughts of fate. Her debut film Spider Lilies won the Teddy Award at the Berlinale. Her other works have also won numerous Golden Horse and international awards.

As an influential screenwriter and director based in Taiwan, Shau-di Wang conveys her deep concerns relating to contemporary society through her audiovisual works. Wang’s ability to interpret the lives of people without romanticizing or embellishing reality has made her the winner of several awards.

In 1992, Wang established Rice Film International Co. Ltd to focus on producing feature films. In 1997, Rice Film produced Grandma and Her Ghosts, an animated film integrating elements of folklore, supernatural, life, and death. The animated feature, filled with Taiwanese culture, set a milestone for Taiwanese animation.

Grandma and Her Ghosts is the first Taiwanese animated film that has resonated with an entire generation, its iconic lines and the vivid grandparent-grandchild relationship becoming a collective memory.

Wern-ying Hwarng

Be with Me

Wern-ying Hwarng majored in Chinese literature in college. Her life’s passion for drama was ignited when she took a course named History of Chinese Drama. Following graduation, She pursued theater design in the United States and settled in New York. Driven by a deep appreciation for the films of renowned Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, she proactively wrote a letter recommending herself for the position of art director in one of his movies. This marked the beginning of a collaboration that has spanned over two decades. In 2023, she released their first feature film, Be With Me, inspired by the relationship between her and her grandfather.

Wern-ying Hwarng is a veteran production designer who has served as the long-term art director of auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien as well as the supervising art director for Silence by filmmaker Martin Scorsese. In 2018, she became a member of the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences upon invitation.

Jin Ong

Jin Ong was previously a producer for multiple films. In 2018, after experiencing a serious illness, he followed his inner calling and became a director, capturing his observations of society. During the pandemic, he focused on the stateless residents in Malaysia as the central theme of his script, drawing attention to this long-standing and unresolved social issue.

Jin Ong hopes to showcase Malaysia’s migrant workers, LGBTQ community, and diverse society to audiences worldwide. His goal is not only to present the local social landscape but also to allow viewers to experience various aspects of life through his storytelling.

February 18, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Ajoomma

A middle-aged, Korean-drama obsessed widow from Singapore travels out of the country for the first time to Seoul, and ends up getting lost. Her journey becomes an unexpected road of self discovery, as she comes to terms with the life she truly wants for herself, beyond her roles of daughter, wife, and mother.

Singapore, Korea

February 16, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

The House of No Man

Directed by Tran Thanh, The House of No Man delivers a story full of emotions about family, love and youth. Having both humorous and emotional moments, it is a movie for all types of generations, so a family could go to theaters together to enjoy it during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The House of No Man revolves around a family of 5 members: grandmother – Ngoc Nga, the owner of a crab noodle soup store – Ngoc Nu, the eldest daughter – Ngoc Nhu and her husband – Phu Nhuan, and the youngest daughter – Ngoc Nhi. When three generations live under one roof, differences in life perspective and feelings gradually appear, which leads to conflicts in the relationships between parents and children, wife and husband, son-in-law and the wife’s family.

Vietnam

February 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Sunny Side of the Street

Directed by Kok Rui Lau, a Malaysian writer-director who studied film and lived in Hong Kong, The Sunny Side of the Street is a story of a child who longs for father’s love and a father who struggles to understand his son. These two characters sketch an image of the director’s immigrant life and he sees this film as a dialogue between him and his father.

Hong Kong is a midway point for refugees from all over the world, there are thousands of asylum seekers in this city waiting for the government to grant them refugee status. The film is about a refugee boy who is helped by a local taxi driver to flee Hong Kong after his father died in a car crash. They develop the father-son relationship until the boy finds the driver is the murderer of his father.

Hong Kong

February 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Untold Herstory

This is Taiwan’s first film featuring female political prisoners.

The story is set in the 1950s, when Taiwan was included in the Cold War Pacific Island chain and the whole island was covered by the White Terror. The authoritarian and dictatorial government was afraid of the displeasure of the United States and did not dare to massacre and shoot dissidents as it did on February 28th. Many bloodstained stories were repeated on the burning island.

The film portrays three women of different ages and identities, including a schoolgirl, a talented dancer, and a young mother, some of whom only read a few books and sang a few songs, and some of whom were just passionate about pursuing justice… They were “disappeared” together and taken to Fire Island to serve their sentences. Their names were erased and replaced with numbers. 

Taiwan

February 17, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Grandma and Her Ghosts

This classic Taiwanese animated film follows a young boy named Dou-Dou as he adjusts to life with his grandmother while his mother is away. While initially bored with his new surroundings, he discovers that his grandma is a supernatural expert who regularly contends with ghosts! Soon, circumstances make it possible for Dou-Dou to see and interact with spirits, too, resulting in plenty of paranormal adventures. He meets specters of various dispositions, including the gentle apparition of a young girl.

Taiwan

Februrary 16, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
February 17, 4:00 pm - 6:00pm

Abang Adik

The shadowy corners of Kuala Lumpur’s Pudu area are home to a community of foreign migrant workers who have lost their status and struggle daily to survive. Deaf and mute Abang, the elder brother, accepts his fate and works hard for a stable life. His younger brother, Adik, rebels against their circumstances, resorting to illegal activities in the hopes of one day leaving Pudu. The two orphaned brothers rely on each other day by day, with social worker Jia En helping them navigate the process of obtaining identification documents. Just as their fortunes seem to be changing, an unexpected incident shatters their dreams of upward mobility.

Directed by Malaysian filmmaker Jin Ong, the film draws inspiration from social news and real-world issues to vividly depict the challenging lives of undocumented migrant workers. The film portrays the seemingly hopeless lives of the two brothers while shedding light on the marginalized situations in Malaysian society. 

Malaysia