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Directed by He Shuming
Singapore, South Korea
90 minutes
All Ages
A Singaporean widow obsessed with Korean soap operas embarks on a crazy adventure in this feelgood winner starring national treasure Hong Huifang.
Writer-director He Shuming’s first feature has charmed its way around the world since it debuted at Busan and earned four nominations including Best New Director and Best Actress in the prestigious Golden Horse Awards. Leading lady Hong Huifang shines as Mrs Lim, whose closeted son suddenly drops out of their package holiday visiting locations of Korean TV dramas. Plucking up the courage to bust out of her cautious comfort zone for the first time, Mrs Lim decides to go anyway and promptly becomes stranded in Seoul. There’s a beautifully warm heart beating beneath this breezy comedy of mishaps and misadventure. A journey that proves that life and love can be wonderfully strange at any age.

Sunday 11 June , 5.45pm session presented in partnership with FBi Radio.
Emotionally rewarding caper about second chances and living life to the fullest.
James Marsh, South China Morning Post
A charming central performance from Hong Huifang is at the heart of this story, which hits all the familiar coming-of-age narrative beats but centres on a protagonist making new discoveries in the latter part of her life.
Nikki Baughan, Screen International
He’s film explores what it means to develop deep connections with someone despite the lack of a common language.
John Lui, The Straits Times

Special Guests

He Shuming
He Shuming is a writer and director from Singapore. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory’s directing program. Ajoomma is his debut feature film.
Hong Huifang
Hong Hui Fang is a Singaporean television actress who is known for her breakthrough role in 1986’s Samsui Women and Price Of Peace, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Star Award in 1997. Since then, she has secured one challenging role after another. In 1999, she was invited by Singapore's most popular filmmaker and actor Jack Neo to perform in his movie That One Not Enough. She has appeared in countless productions, including Reach For The Skies, Babies On Board, While You Were Away and Hello From The Other Side.


Sat 10 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 11 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Special Presentations
All Ages
Singapore, South Korea
In Mandarin and Korean with English subtitles
He Shuming
Anthony Chen
Hong Huifang, Jung Dong-Hwan, Kang Hyung Suk
He Shuming, Kris Ong
Hwang Gyeonghyeon
Jasmine Ng, Armiliah Aripin
Australian Premiere
LGBTQIA+ Films, Comedies, Asia, Seniors
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Rediance Films
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