A stellar feature debut by Malaysian filmmaker Tan Seng Kiat set on the edge of Kuala Lumpur’s urban sprawl.
A young man, Qiang, lives with his six year-old sister and mentally disabled mother in a tiny flat. Their daily lives are marked by a perpetual struggle to make ends meet. When a tragic accident throws a spanner into the works, Qiang finds himself flailing against the machinery of bureaucracy and unassailable privilege, bringing into sharp focus the powerlessness of the underclass.
Tan’s unrelenting, realist storytelling shines in its depiction of the privilege and the commoners, the latter imbued in a hopeless drudgery that is punctuated by genuine feeling and pockets of transcendence. From its use of the everyday vernacular to extraordinary performances from veteran Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang, pop singer Jack Tan and charming newcomer Angel Chan, Shuttle Life effectively writs large the realities of living in poverty in urban Malaysia.
Cast & Credits
Tan Seng Kiat is a Malaysian filmmaker. His first feature film, Shuttle Life, won the top accolades of Best Film, Best Actor and Best Cinematographer at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2017.
Roland Lee, Jin Ong, Angelin Ong, Lai Cheah Yee
Tan Seng Kiat, Chris Leong
Sylvia Chang, Jack Tan, Angel Chan
• Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Shanghai International Film & TV Festival 2017
• Special Jury Award, Malaysian Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, Golden Horse Awards 2017