Eric Khoo’s films disturb, celebrate the anti-hero, and showcase Singapore’s underbelly. That’s a breath of fetid air away from the usual glass-and-steel skyscrapers and manicured leisure parks.
“Khoo often features a complex anti-hero as the protagonist of his films: the lonely old man who commits suicide on his birthday in Symphony 92.4, the pork-seller in Carcass who takes comfort in television dramas and regular sex with a prostitute, the outcast necrophilic hawker in Mee Pok Man, the model citizen who breaks down in 12 Storeys - all dysfunctional individuals struggling to cope in a rigid and yet fast-paced society administered by harsh norms…”
What it doesn’t tell us is that Khoo has a wickedly sharp sense of humour.
I’ve interviewed him for his First Times in Singapore for CNNGo, and I loved his answers! In fact, it’s a shame if I didn’t share the rest of it.
So here they are.
The First Time when Eric Khoo…
…Ate something weird
A snail in my garden.
…Heard something that made me cry
The music score from Somewhere in Time at Jade cinema on Beach Road
…Someone said to me: “I love you.”
A girl classmate told me that. She had sneaked into the kindergarten toilet.
…found beauty in Singapore’s underbelly
While shooting My Magic at Orchard Towers.