Golden Horse best film nominee The Road To Mandalay, starring Kai Ko in comeback, at Singapore film festival

Taiwanese actor-singer Kai Ko Chen-tung, also known as Kai Ko.
Taiwanese actor-singer Kai Ko Chen-tung, also known as Kai Ko.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The acclaimed drama The Road To Mandalay, actor Kai Ko's comeback work after a drug arrest, is up for six Golden Horse Awards and it makes its Singapore premiere on Dec 1 as part of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

It will be a Special Presentation Film screened at Marina Bay Sands.

The film follows two illegal immigrants from Myanmar travelling to Thailand in search of a better future.

It is nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Myanmar-born Taiwanese film-maker Midi Z, Best Leading Actor for Ko, Best Leading Actress Wu Ke-xi and Best Art Direction.

Midi Z said in a statement: "This movie was filmed in Thailand and tells the love story between two immigrants from Myanmar - a universal theme yet culturally specific experience that many Southeast Asians can relate to.

"Singapore is also a country settled by immigrants who have made a home working and living here, and I hope that this story will have a special resonance with local audiences."

It was the winner of the Fedeora Award for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival and recipient of the ARTE International Prize at the 2015 L'Atelier of Cinefondation of Festival de Cannes.

The 27th edition of SGIFF takes place from Nov 23 to Dec 4 at various venues.