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Wet Season

Re Dai Yu
dir. Anthony Chen
Singapore, Taiwan 2019, 103’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Toronto IFF 2019
Singapore, Taiwan 2019
Duration: 103’
director: Anthony Chen
screenplay: Anthony Chen
cinematography: Sam Care
editing: Hoping Chen, Joanne Cheong
sound: Zhe Wu
cast: Yeo Yann Yann, Koh Jia Ler, Christopher Lee Meng Soon, Yang Shi Bin
producer: Anthony Chen, Tan Si En, Huang Wenhong
production: Giraffe Pictures
language: Mandarin, English, Hokkien
colouration: colour

Film description

Ling is a Chinese teacher at one of Singapore's high schools. In an English-speaking country, her subject is widely considered superfluous, so the woman does not enjoy respect among students and staff, at home she also does not find understanding. Her husband is an always absent, busy businessman. He not only ignores Ling's efforts to conceive a child, but leaves her alone looking after the bedridden father-in-law. Ling's inner sadness attracts the attention of an equally lonely and neglected student, Wei Lun. During obligatory remedial afternoon Chinese classes, the student and the teacher get to know each other and establish quite complex, multifaceted relationship...

In "Wet Season," Anthony Chen skilfully leads the narration, gradually builds tension between the characters, creates a unique, stuffy atmosphere of the film using unobtrusive metaphorics and recurring, strong visual motifs. As in his debut "Ilo Ilo", Chen takes a closer look into the Singapore's upper middle class, showing everyday hypocrisy, the disappearance of family values and the indifference to other people's needs. The director portrays main charatcer as the Other: a Chinese-speaking migrant from politically unstable Malaysia living in an English-speaking Singapore filled with strict rules and constant fear of punishment. Within the Chinese cultural context, the rain does not mean sadness, but a sexual desire that can bring liberation and unexpected happiness.

Maja Korbecka

Anthony Chen

Born in 1984 in Singapore. After graduating from the prestigious The Chinese Highschool (today Hwa Chong Institution), he began studying at the film department of Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore. After compulsory military service, he continued his studies at the National Film and Television School in England. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Golden Horse Film Academy led by Hou Hsiao-hsien. His short films have been shown at international festivals, including "Ah Ma" won a special distinction in the short competition at the IFF in Cannes (2007). "Ilo Ilo", his full-length debut, received Caméra d'Or in Cannes (2013) as the first Singaporean film to gain this award in the history of the festival. "Ilo Ilo" was honoured with the special mention by People's Jury of 7th Five Flavours FF.


2005 G-23 (kr. m.)
2007 Ah Ma / Grandma (kr. m.)
2011 Hui Jia Guo Nian / The Reunion Dinner
2013 Ilo Ilo
2019 Pora deszczowa / Re dai yu / Wet Season

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