Skip to main content

12 LOTUS

Singapore, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Royston Tan

12 LOTUS

“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.

D Royston Tan P Mabelyn Ow S Liam Yeo, Roystan Tan WS Mediacorp Raintree L Hokkien, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

See also...

881

"If ABBA could sing Hokkien, they might have auditioned for Royston Tan's 881." - Hollywood Reporter ... Set within the Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of exuberant concerts dominating ... More »

Cut

Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over ... More »

Careless Whisper

Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over ... More »

4:30

A meditation on absence and longing, 4:30 is about a moment - and a young boy's attempt to cling to it, escaping his drab reality. Told entirely from the perspective of the boy, it concerns his ... More »

15

Singapore'Growing up in the world's most oppressive nanny state can be bad for your mental health, and 15 tells it like it is. 26-year-old Royston Tan's social satire has given local censors their ... More »

Monkey Love

Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director