Film & TV picks: Extraordinary Attorney Woo, They Call Her... Cleopatra Wong

Television still of Extraordinary Attorney Woo starring Park Eun-bin. PHOTO: NETFLIX

Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Netflix

One of the most talked-about series in South Korea right now is the drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo, which has topped the charts on Netflix Singapore.

The drama, led by the winsome Park Eun-bin (The King's Affection, 2021), follows the story of Woo Young-woo. Despite her good grades and intelligence, the law graduate struggles to find a job due to the stigma associated with her autism, her awkward mannerisms and poor social skills.

She eventually ends up at a law firm called Hanbada. Together with her helpful colleague Joon-ho (Kang Tae-oh) and kind-hearted mentor Myung-seok (Kang Ki-young), she wins tough cases and proves herself to those prejudiced against her.

Incantation (NC16)

Incantation is a non-linear found-footage film that pieces together the life of Li Ronan (Tsai Hsuan-yen). PHOTO: INCANTATIONFILM/INSTAGRAM

111 minutes, Netflix

The highest-grossing Taiwanese film of all time arrives on Netflix. Incantation, directed by Kevin Ko, is a non-linear found-footage film that pieces together the life of Li Ronan (Tsai Hsuan-yen). Ronan, who addresses the camera in a series of videos, urges viewers to recite an incantation with her in order to lift a curse.

It turns out that six years ago, she broke a religious taboo while visiting a remote village. Subsequently, a series of misfortunes befell her, as well as her loved ones. Now, Ronan will do anything to stop the curse from plaguing her daughter.

They Call Her... Cleopatra Wong (NC16)

Movie still of They Call Her...Cleopatra Wong starring Marrie Lee (Doris Young). PHOTO: ASIAN FILM ARCHIVE

93 minutes

Take a trip into Singapore's film history with this 1978 collaboration between Singapore and the Philippines, starring the fictional character of Singapore's top Interpol agent, Cleopatra Wong (played by Singaporean actress Doris Young under the stage name Marrie Lee).

To bust a counterfeit currency operation, Cleopatra and her Filipino counterpart travel from Singapore to Hong Kong and finally Manila, where the criminal headquarters is located.

Originally thought to be lost, the film was restored using a 35mm German-dubbed release print from the collection of Filmarchiv Austria, and a 16mm release print with burned-in Danish subtitles from the Danish Film Institute.

Where: Oldham Theatre, Level 3, National Archives of Singapore, 1 Canning Rise
When: July 23, 8pm
Admission: $9 (concession), $10 (general)
Info: This website

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