Director: Royston Tan
“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety
Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating the seventh month of the Chinese calendar.
12 Lotus follows the darker tale of Lian Hua, a girl who dreams of becoming a singer and performing the ‘12 Lotus' - a tragic story of a woman who suffers many hardships - and whose life will end up mirroring that of the song's heroine.
Awash with colourful, over-the-top musical numbers and stellar performances, Royston Tan's answer to Moulin Rouge glitters with dazzling visuals and slick choreography.