Film Picks: Train to Busan, Snakeskin, Like father like son and Sing Street

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TRAIN TO BUSAN (NC16)
119 minutes/ 3.5 stars

With so many zombie flicks already on television and in cinemas, it is remarkable that South Korean director Yeon Sang Ho has managed to make one that feels fresh.

Divorced workaholic Seok Woo (Gong Yoo\ agrees to take his neglected daughter Su An (Kim Soo An) from Seoul to Busan to visit her mother as a birthday gift. Their train ride soon descends into chaos when there is an outbreak of a virus that turns the passengers into crazed zombies.

Keeping most of the action on a bullet train, the film-maker behind acclaimed animated films such as The King Of Pigs (2011) delivers some truly imaginative and tense set pieces in his debut live-action film, as the passengers try all ways to defeat the zombies within the confines of train cabins.

Yip Wai Yee


SNAKESKIN (NC16)
113 minutes

A sole survivor of an apocalypse in 2066 thinks over and narrates video footage shot in 2014 Singapore. This award-winning Singapore-Portugal production by Singaporean film-maker Daniel Hui offers a critical examination of Singapore's recent history.

Hui is flying to Singapore from the United States for a question-and-answer session following the screening of his work, billed as a "science-fiction documentary".

It closes the series featuring the works of the 13 Little Pictures collective.

WHERE: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, 05-00 WHEN: Tomorrow, 2.30pm ADMISSION: $13 INFO: For details and bookings, go to theprojector.sg

John Lui


LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (PG)
121 minutes/3.5 stars

First screened here in 2013, this movie is part of a prelude to the Japanese Film Festival.

Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama, right) and Midori (Machika Ono) are an ambitious urban couple pushing themselves and irresponsible six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya, far right) up the social ladder.

Then the parents are told that Keita was swopped with another baby at birth. Should they keep him or fix the mistake and take their biological son, raised by laid-back shopkeeper Yudai (Lily Franky) and wife Yukari (Yoko Maki)?

With this work, Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda proves that his name should be circulated outside cineaste circles.

WHERE: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, 05-00 WHEN: Sunday, 2.30pm ADMISSION: $13 INFO: For details and bookings, go to theprojector.sg

John Lui


SING STREET (PG13)
106 minutes/ 5 stars

Dublin in the 1980s is a hard place for Conor (played with a winning swagger by first-time actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, fourth from left).The Irish economy is tanking and money woes are tearing apart his parents' marriage.

Bit by bit, Conor grows up, mainly by falling in love - with the unattainable Raphina (Lucy Boynton), with the music of Hall and Oates, A-Ha, Duran Duran, Joe Jackson, and also with the lads in his rock band (who, like Walsh-Peelo, are mainly instrumentalists acting for the first time).

Writer-director John Carney made two other films in which pop and rock do the job of dialogue and action - the Oscar-winning Once (2007) and Begin Again (2013) - but this is the most autobiographical of the three and the most entertaining.

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2016, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe