Drama, Family and Comedy | Running Time: 90 minutes
2022 / Mandarin and Korean dialogue
Country: Singapore and South KoreaDirected by: He Shuming
Screenwriter and director from Singapore. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from The Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of The Arts. He also has an MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. He was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2019 by the National Arts Council.
CastHong Huifang, Kang Hyung Suk, Jung Dong-Hwan, Shane Pow
ScriptwriterHe Shuming, Kris Ong
Widowed Mrs Lim (played by veteran Singaporean actress Hong Huifang) divides her time between cosseting her 20-something son and binge-watching lurid K-drama. When her son has to pull out of a planned trip to South Korea touring locations from her favourite soap opera, she puts aside a lifetime's timidity to travel there alone. It's scary – she manages to get lost on her way to the departure lounge. However, she gradually rediscovers her confidence, sorting out her hopelessly floundering tour guide Kwon-woo (Kang Hyung-seok) and making a new cross-cultural friend Jung Su (Jung Dong-hwan), a kindly security guard. Singapore's Oscar entry treats themes of parenthood, ageing and loneliness with a light touch, peppering Auntie's travels with wacky setpieces and clips from an imaginary soap - starring real-life TV heart-throb Yeo Jinsoo. The film has a light comic touch, and it's heartwarming to see Mrs Lim living out her own soap opera.