Review – 'Hidden Folk' by Thong Kay Wee (NTU Filament Showcase)

A highly celebrated 'Golden Girl of Singapore' faces a downward spiral turmoil as her past heinous mistake start to surface to the eyes of the public. Lilian Mah, at the peak of her career, is challenged to face the consequences of what seems to be unforgivable and shocking; committing a sexual affair with a 15-year-old student.

As investigations are going on, Lilian confronts the student at the opening launch of her gallery show. She goes berserk when the student admits that he shared the indecent escapade with his friend and was even complimented as a 'hero'. Lilian continues to battle the dark shadows of the past, on her own, that she wish had never happened.

Thong Kay Wee, crafts a clever mishmash and non-linear display of story which manipulates audience to react in a jaw-dropping manner when the plot twist is revealed. No one would expect the affair to involve a much younger character hence, the surprise element along with the raw and unapologetic visuals prove the film to be extremely engaging, provocative and captivating.

Here is the trailer of the film.

Hidden Folk (2013) Trailer from Thong Kay Wee on Vimeo.

Review by Haswani

Haswani is both a ninja and crazy bunny on the loose. She has fallen hopelessly in love with filmmaking on the last semester in Uni and tells herself that she needs to marry a Hollywood actor (read: Ryan Gosling) to finance her filmmaking studies in Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. If further studies doesn't work out, she will focus on perfecting her lethal karate chops and deadly weapon-throwing moves.

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