Directed by Royston Tan
Sweetened with sentimentality, quirkiness and a catchy soundtrack, it’s no wonder that Royston Tan’s first feature in seven years scored big at the Singaporean box office in 2015. The layered musical dramedy offers throwback Asian pop culture references, modern flair, colorful characters and a timeless tugging of heartstrings.
Joi Chua stars as 38-year-old Fei Fei, named after her late idol Feng Fei-Fei. A former amateur singer turned parking lot attendant (or “summon auntie”), she often suffers at the hands of co-workers for being too lenient in her role. When her father — a retired Rediffusion salesman — is diagnosed with dementia, Fei Fei signs up for an American Idol-style singing competition with a large cash prize at stake.
3688 pays tribute to Feng through cover songs and the decorative hats Fei Fei wears in her performances. Fei Fei’s work adversaries and Lady Gaga-wannabe friend Luan (Liu Ling Ling) supply much of the film’s laughs. The family drama brings out gripping performances by Chua and Michael Tan, who plays Fei Fei’s father.
— Karen Datangel
Co-presented by: SingaporeConnect
Director/Executive Producer: Royston Tan
Executive Producer: Melvin Ang, Zheng Le, Bert Tan, Ng Say Yong
Producer: Karen Khoo, Soo Wei Toong
Writer: Lim Wei Fong
Cinematographer: Daniel Low
Editor: Neo Rui Xin
Cast: Joi Chua, Michael Tan, Rahimah Rahim, Liu Ling Ling