Title of film: Ji Fan (Chicken Rice)
Language(s): English, Mandarin
Runtime: 28 minutes
Producer: Lee, ©ChilliFish Productions (Singapore)
– Jon Sim … ‘Tan Wei Kiat’
– Nessa Anwar … ‘Lydia’
– Serene Lau … ‘Ma’
– Vanessa Toh … ‘Ji Min’
– Cindy Teo … ‘Generic Chinese Wife’
– Fredrik Carl Bergqvist … ‘Ex Fiance’
– Ely Ury … ‘Little boy’
– Nathanielle Tan … ‘Little girl’
– Alvin Quek & Halif Saban … Directors of Photography
– Fred … Soundman
– Bobby … Soundman, wardrobe
Alvin Quek, Halif Saban, Hanafi Mohd
At the intersection where art meets life lies Ji Fan, a short film about the relationship between a Malay female corporate lawyer and a Chinese male chicken rice seller. Set in modern-day Singapore where the culture of materialism and superficiality pervade, Ji Fan is a social commentary masquerading as a pedestrian love story.
Wei Kiat is a Chinese chicken rice hawker who had his path in life chosen for him and leads an existence of droll routine. He is a 38yr old man living in public housing with his mother, an old-fashioned typically tart-tongued Cantonese woman who sells vegetables at the market.
Lydia is a Malay BMW-driving, all-rounded, over-achieving, corporate lawyer from an upper class family living in a big 4-storey house, whose atypical background and strong character had always attracted the white men in western countries that she travelled to or lived in. Throughout her life she has only had successful relationships with them despite the fact that she has always had a soft spot for Chinese culture and men— she is fluent in Mandarin, likes ancient Chinese Tang poetry, her idols are Chinese singers, Hong Kong and local (not Hollywood) actors, she only eats Halal Chinese food and is caught in a time warp of Chinese music and film from the 50s. In spite of all this, for some odd reason, no Chinese man has ever reciprocated Lydia’s feelings or taken notice of these very strong common denominators… until Kiat appears in her life.
When the love between Kiat and Lydia blossoms over one too many plates of chicken rice transactions and the discovery of deep commonality, will they be able to overcome the multitude of obstacles and judgment to fulfil their destiny? Or will they be fated to meet but destined to part, like the Chinese proverb 有緣無份(yǒu yuán wú fèn)?
Jon Sim is a seasoned commercial actor whose portfolio includes clients like the Ministry for Environment and Water Resources (Meet the Tan Family) and Mediacorp (Mediacorp Great Singapore Sale Advertising Promo). He has recently been a featured actor in 1965 the movie, 7 Letters from 7 Film Makers and in promotional videos and TVCs such as for STB (Aaron and Friends’ Long Weekend in Singapore with internationally acclaimed actor Aaron Aziz). Jon studied in Australia for his bachelor’s degree in business, and works for a foreign bank by day. He indulges in his passion for acting and constantly hones his craft by attending courses and workshops like Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting, and Televised and Live Performance Acting.
Nessa Anwar is no stranger to the theatre and TV circuit in Singapore. Best known for her roles in short films like Tudung and Bird and TV series like Anak Metropolitan and Rempuh, Nessa has also done plays like Tart and Haresh Sharma’s Off Centre, and also directed films under the Ministry of Film’ography banner. Nessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from NUS and is an SPH producer by day. Nessa has trained under renowned names in the acting industry and indulges in her passion in acting not only as a side hobby, but also as a serious enterprise. Nessa is also a scrambler chick and has presented the online show InstaScram that showcases off the beaten track places in Singapore.