Places Practices

Cinema Reclaimed: Medicine and Modernity in Singapore Cinema - Body Puzzle

by Toh Hun Ping & Ben Slater
27 May • 08:00pm

SHF2021 brings you a lost film called Body Puzzle directed by Laurence Ma Yuk-Fai. It stars actors from Singapore and Hong Kong. Brace yourself for a rather visceral and quirky movie!


Treat yourself to a special screening of Body Puzzle (2001), a lost film directed by Laurence Ma Yuk-Fai. The showcase is part of the inaugural edition of Cinema Reclaimed, a special collaboration between researchers Toh Hun Ping and Ben Slater centered on the theme of medicine and modernity.


This violent, visceral and rather bizarre film stars Singapore’s Thomas Ong and Hong Kong’s Gigi Lai. The characters’ budding romance is disrupted by a serial killer on the loose. The Hong Kong filmmakers behind the movie were based in Singapore and working for Chinese television at the time. Their aim had been to create a show based on the cases of real life forensic pathologist, the late Chao Tzee Cheng who was known for solving high-profile crimes in Singapore.

NC16 (Sexual Scene and Some Violence 性相关及些许暴力画面). This programme is presented with assistance from the Asian Film Archive.

Toh Hun Ping & Ben Slater

Researchers Toh Hun Ping (SG Film Hunter) and Ben Slater (author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore) collaborate to present the inaugural edition of Cinema Reclaimed programme.

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