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by Yvonne Ng Uhde and Jan Uhde
published by Kucinta Books
In 1926, an enterprising young man enthusiastically brought into Singapore the idea of showcasing the life of the people in British Malaya – by way of a movie. His name was Liu Beijin. The uncle of the eminent local artist Liu Kang, the former Muar resident set up an office in Chinatown and a film studio in Katong, hired his crew and cast members, and began production. The result was Xin Ke (新客), a full-length silent film, released in 1927, about a young Chinese immigrant who seeks his fortunes in Malaya. Assisted by his wealthy Peranakan relatives, he eventually finds a job in Singapore – and a girl he loves.
In their bilingual book Xin Ke: The Story of Singapore and Malaya’s First Feature Film, film researchers Jan Uhde, Yvonne Ng Uhde and Toh Hun Ping travel back in time to the beginning of film production in Singapore. Reproducing the original movie script in full, accompanied by finely drawn illustrations by Dan Wong, this book is a much-needed addition to our film industry’s collective memory.
- paperback: 240 pages
- product dimensions: 170 x 210 mm
- ISBN: 9789811407253