17 mins
Cardboard House
Meng sprains his wrist while working at his new job in a kopitiam. Soon after he is let go by the owner without reason. Seemingly lost and upset, he wanders along the wharves of Marina, comtemplating life. When it starts to rain, he seeks shelter under a zinc roof in an alley, reminiscing the day he left his shared apartment and the conversation he had with a flatmate.The following morning, Meng has an altercation with a pimp in the alley and is pushed to the floor after accusing him of stealing his belongings.Meng seeks out a public phone in a heartland neighbourhood and calls his son, Teck. Knowing that it is his Granddaughter's birthday that coming Saturday, Meng promises her a lavish present.Meng scours the bookstore and comes across a dollhouse and looks to buy it, but is brushed off by a snobbish customer for his body odour. Instead of standing up for him, the store owner chases him out, telling him not to affect her business. In order to save money for the dollhouse, Meng turns to eating leftovers at a zi char (stir-fry) restaurant by the roadside. People stop to stare at him, but he doesn't care. A couple tables across, Meng spots his daughter-in-law drinking with another man. They spot each other but pretend not to see one another.Exhausted and troubled, Meng rests in a dark alley way, where two foreign workers are seated. Through a small misunderstanding, he starts interacting with them and they invite him to drink and dance with them.Come Saturday, Meng steals the pimp's flowery shirt he sees in they alley, goes to an industrial office toilet to clean up. and heads for his Granddaughter's party at a Chinese restaurant.After a long lonely bus ride to the family dinner, Meng presents her with the dollhouse, which he spent his last paycheck on. She is over the moon when she sees her present. Later in the night, the bill comes, Meng reaches for his wallet wanting to chip in to pay the bill, but Teck rejects. Before leaving the restaurant, Meng goes to the restroom, and Teck notices Meng's bag is full of clothing and suspects that he might have moved out of his joint singles apartment.As Meng sends them off, he tells his granddaughter to be a good girl and to study hard so that she can buy a big house one day. She promises him that she will study hard and not let him or her father down. At this point, Teck insists that Meng come back to their home to stay with them, but Meng, being too proud, rejects the idea.A storm starts to brew in the middle of the night, as the family part ways. His granddaughter puts a photo of all three of them into the dollhouse upon reaching home and Meng goes back to living on the streets, facing the harsh elements, in a "Cardboard House".
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18 mins
Luck Down Ep 1: Crazy Lady
A viral video, of a crazy lady running a rampage in her own Dumpling Noodles store, spreads like wildfire on social media. An aloof, middle-aged Jasmine struggles to run her newly-opened store and her own personal life, especially in the love department until she meets Brandon, an attractive property agent, from Sydney. Her luck soon runs out as the pandemic hits and she discovers Brandon is actually a love scammer.Director Statement: As I read the script, I realised behind the “romance”, drama, and comedy bits was a woman struggling to find herself in the midst of her life and in a pandemic. I saw myself in her, even though I’m in my 20s, my most recent thoughts were “What will happen to me in the next few years before I hit 30? Do I need to have certain achievements? I need to be at a "further" or "higher" place, right? Would I be doing, genuinely, ok? Then can you imagine if you were in her shoes in her 40s, with so many years behind her and just going back to the drawing block and starting anew in an industry she has no idea of? And also coming to realise she needed to comprehend herself anew too, ironically, through her love scammer.With the pandemic hitting everyone upside down, the hawkers, mostly consisting of the older generation, struggle to see the end of the tunnel and how to make ends meet. And instead of not portraying the depressing side of things, having this play out in comedic, light-hearted banter will help soothe the heaviness everyone has been feeling and at the same time, bring to light the people we forgot to honour.Creator/Writer Statement: LUCK DOWN is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. It is about a woman, on the wrong side of 40, who fulfills her lifelong dream of opening a hawker stall, falls in love for the first time, finds out her new boyfriend is a love scammer. Then, Covid-19 forces them to be locked down together.In LUCK DOWN, we laugh and cry with lonely hawker Jasmine as she navigates the lockdown, coupledom and her new stall with Brandon. All while trying not to get into trouble with lockdown ambassadors, vigilantes and the authorities. Not to mention customers, friends, family, and nosy neighbours.I had come up with the concept in during the first circuit breaker, exploring how the pandemic could be affecting romantic relationships. Does absence make the heart grow fonder or rather, does familiarity breed contempt? What happens if you are stuck with someone you don’t trust? This is no ordinary love-hate-love story, but then again, we are still living through extraordinary times.
13 mins
Luck Down Ep 2: Crazy Idea
With nowhere else to stay, Jasmine has to take in Brandon amidst a lockdown. She continues her facade of them being together begrudgingly and Brandon hatches a crazy plan to save Jasmine's business.A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector Statement: As I read the script, I realised behind the “romance”, drama, and comedy bits was a woman struggling to find herself in the midst of her life and in a pandemic. I saw myself in her, even though I’m in my 20s, my most recent thoughts were “What will happen to me in the next few years before I hit 30? Do I need to have certain achievements? I need to be at a "further" or "higher" place, right? Would I be doing, genuinely, ok? Then can you imagine if you were in her shoes in her 40s, with so many years behind her and just going back to the drawing block and starting anew in an industry she has no idea of? And also coming to realise she needed to comprehend herself anew too, ironically, through her love scammer.With the pandemic hitting everyone upside down, the hawkers, mostly consisting of the older generation, struggle to see the end of the tunnel and how to make ends meet. And instead of not portraying the depressing side of things, having this play out in comedic, light-hearted banter will help soothe the heaviness everyone has been feeling and at the same time, bring to light the people we forgot to honour.Creator/Writer Statement: LUCK DOWN is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. It is about a woman, on the wrong side of 40, who fulfills her lifelong dream of opening a hawker stall, falls in love for the first time, finds out her new boyfriend is a love scammer. Then, Covid-19 forces them to be locked down together.In LUCK DOWN, we laugh and cry with lonely hawker Jasmine as she navigates the lockdown, coupledom and her new stall with Brandon. All while trying not to get into trouble with lockdown ambassadors, vigilantes and the authorities. Not to mention customers, friends, family, and nosy neighbours.I had come up with the concept in during the first circuit breaker, exploring how the pandemic could be affecting romantic relationships. Does absence make the heart grow fonder or rather, does familiarity breed contempt? What happens if you are stuck with someone you don’t trust? This is no ordinary love-hate-love story, but then again, we are still living through extraordinary times.
11 mins
Luck Down Ep 3: Crazy Good Dumpling Noodles
Business at the Dumpling Noodle store picks up from Brandon's marketing efforts. Everything seems to get better between Brandon and Jasmine until a fragment of Brandon's past shows up.A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector Statement: As I read the script, I realised behind the “romance”, drama, and comedy bits was a woman struggling to find herself in the midst of her life and in a pandemic. I saw myself in her, even though I’m in my 20s, my most recent thoughts were “What will happen to me in the next few years before I hit 30? Do I need to have certain achievements? I need to be at a "further" or "higher" place, right? Would I be doing, genuinely, ok? Then can you imagine if you were in her shoes in her 40s, with so many years behind her and just going back to the drawing block and starting anew in an industry she has no idea of? And also coming to realise she needed to comprehend herself anew too, ironically, through her love scammer.With the pandemic hitting everyone upside down, the hawkers, mostly consisting of the older generation, struggle to see the end of the tunnel and how to make ends meet. And instead of not portraying the depressing side of things, having this play out in comedic, light-hearted banter will help soothe the heaviness everyone has been feeling and at the same time, bring to light the people we forgot to honour.Creator/Writer Statement: LUCK DOWN is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. It is about a woman, on the wrong side of 40, who fulfills her lifelong dream of opening a hawker stall, falls in love for the first time, finds out her new boyfriend is a love scammer. Then, Covid-19 forces them to be locked down together.In LUCK DOWN, we laugh and cry with lonely hawker Jasmine as she navigates the lockdown, coupledom and her new stall with Brandon. All while trying not to get into trouble with lockdown ambassadors, vigilantes and the authorities. Not to mention customers, friends, family, and nosy neighbours.I had come up with the concept in during the first circuit breaker, exploring how the pandemic could be affecting romantic relationships. Does absence make the heart grow fonder or rather, does familiarity breed contempt? What happens if you are stuck with someone you don’t trust? This is no ordinary love-hate-love story, but then again, we are still living through extraordinary times.
12 mins
Luck Down Ep 4: Crazy Thoughts
Brandon's explanation falls upon deaf ears. He continues to find ways to get through to Jasmine. Jasmine receives an offer to help with the businesses.A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector Statement: As I read the script, I realised behind the “romance”, drama, and comedy bits was a woman struggling to find herself in the midst of her life and in a pandemic. I saw myself in her, even though I’m in my 20s, my most recent thoughts were “What will happen to me in the next few years before I hit 30? Do I need to have certain achievements? I need to be at a "further" or "higher" place, right? Would I be doing, genuinely, ok? Then can you imagine if you were in her shoes in her 40s, with so many years behind her and just going back to the drawing block and starting anew in an industry she has no idea of? And also coming to realise she needed to comprehend herself anew too, ironically, through her love scammer.With the pandemic hitting everyone upside down, the hawkers, mostly consisting of the older generation, struggle to see the end of the tunnel and how to make ends meet. And instead of not portraying the depressing side of things, having this play out in comedic, light-hearted banter will help soothe the heaviness everyone has been feeling and at the same time, bring to light the people we forgot to honour.Creator/Writer Statement: LUCK DOWN is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. It is about a woman, on the wrong side of 40, who fulfils her lifelong dream of opening a hawker stall, falls in love for the first time, finds out her new boyfriend is a love scammer. Then, Covid-19 forces them to be locked down together.In LUCK DOWN, we laugh and cry with lonely hawker Jasmine as she navigates the lockdown, coupledom, and her new stall with Brandon. All while trying not to get into trouble with lockdown ambassadors, vigilantes and the authorities. Not to mention customers, friends, family, and nosy neighbours.I had come up with the concept during the first circuit breaker, exploring how the pandemic could be affecting romantic relationships. Does absence make the heart grow fonder or rather, does familiarity breed contempt? What happens if you are stuck with someone you don’t trust?This is no ordinary love-hate-love story, but then again, we are still living through extraordinary times.
14 mins
Luck Down Ep 5: Crazy Good Hawkers
Jasmine's luck seems to run out with Brandon as everything in her life seemingly falls into place. Determined, the hawkers crack their heads to do one crazy video.A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector Statement: As I read the script, I realised behind the “romance”, drama, and comedy bits was a woman struggling to find herself in the midst of her life and in a pandemic. I saw myself in her, even though I’m in my 20s, my most recent thoughts were “What will happen to me in the next few years before I hit 30? Do I need to have certain achievements? I need to be at a "further" or "higher" place, right? Would I be doing, genuinely, ok? Then can you imagine if you were in her shoes in her 40s, with so many years behind her and just going back to the drawing block and starting anew in an industry she has no idea of? And also coming to realise she needed to comprehend herself anew too, ironically, through her love scammer.With the pandemic hitting everyone upside down, the hawkers, mostly consisting of the older generation, struggle to see the end of the tunnel and how to make ends meet. And instead of not portraying the depressing side of things, having this play out in comedic, light-hearted banter will help soothe the heaviness everyone has been feeling and at the same time, bring to light the people we forgot to honour.Creator/Writer Statement: LUCK DOWN is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. It is about a woman, on the wrong side of 40, who fulfils her lifelong dream of opening a hawker stall, falls in love for the first time, finds out her new boyfriend is a love scammer. Then, Covid-19 forces them to be locked down together.In LUCK DOWN, we laugh and cry with lonely hawker Jasmine as she navigates the lockdown, coupledom, and her new stall with Brandon. All while trying not to get into trouble with lockdown ambassadors, vigilantes and the authorities. Not to mention customers, friends, family, and nosy neighbours.I had come up with the concept during the first circuit breaker, exploring how the pandemic could be affecting romantic relationships. Does absence make the heart grow fonder or rather, does familiarity breed contempt? What happens if you are stuck with someone you don’t trust?This is no ordinary love-hate-love story, but then again, we are still living through extraordinary times.
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