Flower In The Pocket
This 10th anniversary screening of award-winning filmmaker Liew Seng Tat’s quirky and heartwarming debut feature is a vital entry in the much lauded Malaysian New Wave film scene.
Brothers Ma Li Ahh and Ma Li Ohm go to school out of pure habit. For them, after-school hours are largely spent wandering around the streets in search of frivolous activities to fill up their day. Their father, Sui, earns a living repairing broken mannequins, and is much closer to his inanimate partners than to his two young children. As the disconnect between father and sons grow more apparent, Sui needs to come to his senses and be the parental figure the boys need, or risk losing them.
Starring director Liew Seng Tat’s cinematic peer, director James Lee as Sui, Flower In The Pocket’s delight lies in the casting of the three men in the broken family. Utilising a unique offbeat humour as a point of social satire, the film serves up a powerful yet light-hearted message on childhood innocence and the importance of familial affection.
Cast & Credits
Liew Seng Tat is a Malaysian filmmaker and a significant forerunner in independent Malaysian cinema. His works include Break Skin with Strawberry Jam (2003) and the award-winning Men Who Save the World (2014). Flower In The Pocket (2007), his first feature, first premiered at the Busan International Film Festival where it won the New Currents Award.
Yen San Michelle Lo
Liew Seng Tat
Wong Zi Jiang, Lim Ming Wei, James Lee
• Audience Award, New Currents Award, Busan International Film Festival 2007
• Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008
• Lotus Jury Prize, Deauville Asian Film Festival 2008