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Ilo Ilo (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 August 2013 (Singapore)
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In 90s Singapore, the friendship between Filipino nursemaid Teresa and her young charge Jiale makes waves in a family, while the Asian recession hits the region.

Director:

Anthony Chen

Writer:

Anthony Chen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yann Yann Yeo ... Hwee Leng
Tian Wen Chen ... Teck (as Tianwen Chen)
Angeli Bayani ... Terry
Jia Ler Koh Jia Ler Koh ... Jiale
Peter Wee Peter Wee ... Discipline Master
Jo Kukathas Jo Kukathas ... School Principal
Naomi Toh Naomi Toh ... English Teacher (Mrs Ong)
Stephanie Kiong Stephanie Kiong ... Teacher
Jia Min Chantel Teo Jia Min Chantel Teo ... Teacher
Zhi Fang Xu Zhi Fang Xu ... Teacher
Sea Moi Lee Sea Moi Lee ... Teacher
James Ng James Ng ... Teacher
Sook Fen Wong Sook Fen Wong ... Teacher
Siow Phing Tan Siow Phing Tan ... Teacher
Aizuddiin Nasser Aizuddiin Nasser ... Teacher (as Muhd Aizuddin Bin Nasser)
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Storyline

Set in Singapore, Ilo Ilo chronicles the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Teresa. Like many other Filipino women, she has come to this city in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. This is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is beginning to be felt in the region... Written by anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Singapore | Japan | Taiwan | France

Language:

Mandarin | Tagalog | English | Hokkien

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Retratos de familia See more »

Filming Locations:

Singapore

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,775, 6 April 2014

Gross USA:

$56,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,174,692
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the film refers to the hometown of the boy's nanny (particularly the town of San Miguel) in the Philippines and is one of the earliest words spoken by the boy while he was growing up. See more »

Quotes

Terry: [to Jiale] Why you do that to me, huh? Why you do that to me? I don't care if you like me or not. You don't like, I don't care. But your mum, she employed me. I'm here to do my work properly. I am your maid, but I didn't come here to be bullied.
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Kahapon at pag-ibig
Written by Lolita Carbon
Performed by Asin
Courtesy of Lolita Carbon
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In love with Ilo Ilo
11 September 2013 | by ttys12See all my reviews

Sincere and heartfelt, this little gem will tug at your heartstrings.

This film is director Anthony Chen's debut , but it is executed with such finesse one cannot tell just by watching the film alone. A conscious lack of music allows the acting and characters to really shine--- the former never stilted or cheesy (a common problem in local Singaporean films) ; the latter very believable and connectable. From the retro kitchen tiles to the cassette tapes in Teck's old car, the movie paints a vivid picture of life in the 1990s, without explicitly stating it. The director gives the audience freedom to wander, infer and to truly feel, on their own--not just about time and setting, but also the relationships and nuanced emotions of the characters involved. The camera work also deserves praise as many shots are cleverly done and lighted.

The main story is simple, like a home cooked meal. But like a home cooked meal, it is precious and close to the heart.....I found myself laughing but also really close to tears at certain parts. Growing up in 1990s Singapore, many facets of the movie resonated very strongly with me. But at its core it is a universal human story of love and longing, of growing up and painful goodbyes. The movie will creep up on you, sweep you into it, and hit hard on the emotions.


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