Directed by:
Craig McTurk
Cast:
Teo Veoh Seng
Year:
2018
Duration:
80 minutes
Language:
English, Hokkien, Mandarin
Subtitles:
English

WATCH AT HOME

Dismembered limbs. Topless mermaids. Crabs with human heads. These Chinese folklore-themed statues, in all their surreal, grotesque glory, are seared into the minds of visitors to Singapore’s Haw Par Villa. But no one knows them as well as Teo Veoh Seng. Decades ago, he started out as an apprentice at the park, which opened in the 1930s; now, at 83, Teo has finally decided to retire. Though his successors prepare for his departure, what will be lost when the master craftsman steps down?

Interspersing interviews with animation, this documentary weaves personal and national histories into a portrait of an unlikely Singapore hero. It sheds light on an artisan whose quiet dedication has preserved a uniquely charming slice of a city hounded by rapid urban developments.

RENT THE MOVIE