The Road Less Travelled

World Premiere

LIM Suat Yen Singapore 1997 96 min PG

A group of friends pursue their artistic ambitions in this coming-of-age story steeped in the innocence and dreaminess of xinyao.

Fresh out of National Service, Ah Jie and his girlfriend Shi Yun regularly perform xinyao at a pub, dreaming of a musical career. But alongside other friends with similar artistic pursuits, they soon face the troubling reality of creative work in Singapore. Coupled with pressure from their dysfunctional families, the idealistic youths confront the unsustainability of passion and the disconcerting dismissal of works created by and for locals.

In a brand new 4K restoration by the Asian Film Archive, the film stages a homecoming at SGIFF, following its 1997 premiere. 26 years later, the struggle between idealism and pragmatism in the city-state and the alienation of pursuing paths less travelled remain as relevant as ever.

Q&A with Filmmaker(s)

2 Dec, Sat 2:00PM / 96 min

National Museum Singapore, Gallery Theatre

Q&A with Filmmaker(s)

10 Dec, Sun 4:00PM / 96 min

Oldham Theatre


Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis. All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.

Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!

The Road Less Travelled


LIM Suat Yen





96 min


World Premiere

LIM Suat Yen

LIM Suat Yen is a producer, writer and director. Her producing credits include kids’ telemovie Spelling Armadillo (2015) and sitcom Fam! (2019), both of which were nominated in the International Emmy Awards. Her directorial debut, The Road Less Travelled (1997) premiered in competition at the 10th SGIFF. Lim is a co-founder of Oak3 Films.

Robin GOH
CHUA Li Lian
Belinda LEE
CHONG Weichoon

Zaihirat BANU
Jason LAI

LIM Suat Yen


Asian Film Archive