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The Films Of Royston Tan: Local Notoriety, International Acclaim

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Something of a mythology has already grown around the public figure of Royston Tan barely even a decade into his career as a filmmaker. This chapter provide a close reading of Tan?s films in terms of both their capacity for contesting, even vandalizing, officially desirable images of Singapore - a modernized, cosmopolitan nation whose social foundations consist of happy Asian families - as well as their creative engagement with, even manipulation of, a system that is fundamentally authoritarian, capitalist, and bourgeois. Several of Tan?s films appear to challenge - without blaming ?Westernization? - the image of stable and happy Asian families, presenting tragic accounts of modern families that cannot adequately deal with intergenerational problems, largely the problem of communication. More generally, human relationships in Tan?s films often suffer from communication breakdown, irreconcilable differences, separation, and an unfulfilled longing for reconnection.

Keywords: Asian families; films; human relationships; Royston Tan; Singapore; Westernization



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