The Last Artisan (Singapore)

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The Last Artisan

The Last Artisan
Craig Mcturk
2018, Singapore, 87′
International premiere
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Described by vice.com as "Singapore's Goriest, Most Bizarre Park," Haw Par Villa is like taking a step back in time. Statues of topless mermaids, Chinese dragons and bloodied, tortured figures - more than 1000 in all - have been lovingly painted and maintained by Mr. Teo for 70 years. Now he must step down and pass his tools to the next generation. The trouble is, no Singaporean is willing to accept the hot weather and low pay the job entails. Enter two Chinese Mainland workers who must pick up a lifetime of skills in a matter of months. The story of Singapore's past - and its growing dependence on migrant workers - is thus told in the passing of a paintbrush.
Language(s):  Chinese Regional Dialects, Mandarin Chinese, English
VdR edition:  2019

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