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— by Douglas Tseng: Six years is a very long time to wait for a filmmaker to make his second feature. Then again, Anthony Chen hasn’t exactly been slacking off since his Cannes Camera d’Or and Golden Horse Award-feted feature debut Ilo Ilo, the semi-autobiographical drama about a teen (Koh Jia Ler) and his relationship with his parents (Chen Tianwen and Yeo Yann Yann) and their Filipino maid (Angeli Bayani) during the 1997 financial crisis.

In the following years, Chen, 35, kept himself busy with projects produced by his company, Giraffe Pictures. He was the hands-on executive producer on Distance, the 2015 omnibus feature, starring Taiwanese Chen Bolin, and helmed by directors from Singapore, China and Thailand; and Pop Aye, Kirsten Tan’s 2017 shot-in-Thailand debut about a midlife-crisis-stricken man (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) accompanying an elephant to his childhood home…

Image: Let’s do it again: Anthony Chen (second from left) discussing a scene on the ‘Ilo Ilo’ set, courtesy of Today Online

May 28, 2019