2.8 million SGD
| 5/10 |
Ng Say Yong
| Andrew Ngin Chiang Meng
Lim Kay Tong
Lim Kay Tong, Qi Yuwu, Mike Kasem, Joanne Peh
Alphaville, Masculin Féminin, Daisies, Pierrot le Fou, La Chinoise
1965 is a 2015 Singaporean thriller/historical film directed by Randy Ang and co-directed by Daniel Yun. It was released in cinemas on July 30, 2015, and stars Qi Yuwu, Deanna Yusoff, Joanne Peh, James Seah, Sezairi Sezali, Mike Kasem, and Lim Kay Tong as Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. It was released to commemorate Singapore's fifty years of independence.
1965 (film) Wikipedia
1965 is a riveting dramatic thriller that uses a piece of Singapore history like never before. Telling engaging and touching stories of immigrants and natives; how a group of people, divided by race, language and religion, saw their lives profoundly transformed by a defining moment in history. Their paths will cross and clash in race riots during the months leading to the separation from Malaysia, and to the independence of Singapore.Qi Yuwu as Inspector Cheng
Deanna Yusoff as Khatijah
Joanne Peh as Zhou Jun
James Seah as Seng
Sezairi Sezali as Adi
Mike Kasem as Raj
Lim Kay Tong as Lee Kuan Yew
Nicole Seah as Mei
Sun Yi En as Xiao Yun
Andi Hazriel as Rafi
It took five years to conceptualise the film. Filming started in November 2014, with most of the filming done in Batam, at various locations, and at Infinite Studios’ soundstages there.
It was initially proposed that Tony Leung Chiu-Wai would play the role of Lee Kuan Yew. However, many Singaporeans felt that a Singaporean actor should be given the role, hence the role was given to Lim Kay Tong. David Lee of Singapore Film Society also felt that Lim "has the gravitas required of the role, and he's English-speaking as well". To prepare for the role, Lim took months, and visited the National Archives of Singapore at least five times a week, staying for hours at a time to study Lee's audio and film clips.
Two songs were written for the film, namely Sezairi Sezali's "Selamat Pagi" and Gentle Bones' "Sixty Five". The latter has been on the top of the iTunes Singapore song chart for at least four weeks.
John Lui of The Straits Times gave 1965 a 1.5 out of 5 stars, commenting that "it wants to be Important, with a capital I", and "it feels only slightly more relevant to the national birthday than a chicken bun with an SG50 sticker slapped on it."