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A Man Trembles

23 minutes | 2021 | Singapore | Narrative | 🔊 English, Cantonese | English Sub. | Age Rating


In 1998 Singapore, at the peak of the Asian Financial Crisis, a man and his family spend their final day on Earth at Sentosa island. There, he comes to confront the peculiar closeness between salvation and terror.


SUN, 26 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 4 | 19:30

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Mark Chua & Lam Li Shuen

Mark Chua & Lam Li Shuen

Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen are a Singaporean filmmaker and artist duo. Their films often employ absurdist imagery, thinking on place, histories and the peculiarity of human desire.
Their films have screened at international film festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2023), New Directors/New Films (2023) and BFI London Film Festival (2021). In 2021, with their short film A Man Trembles, they were awarded Best Southeast Asian Director at the Singapore International Film Festival. Their short film The Cup also received the First Prize (Moving Images) of the Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize in 2021.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Emoumie Pictures, Back to One

Producer Judith Tong

Main Cast Oliver Chong (Father), Lina Yu (Mother), Brayden Koh (Son)

Screenplay Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen

Cinematographer Lincoln Yeo

Editor Mark Chua

Notable Achievement

BFI London Film Festival 2021

32nd Singapore International Film Festival 2021 – Best Director, Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

London Short Film Festival 2022, In Competition

Cinemagic On The Pulse Short Film Festival 2022, In Competition

FEST – New Directors New Films Festival 2022 – Honorable Mention, Silver Lynx Fiction Short Film Competition

Santiago del Estero Film Festival 2022

Guanajuato International Film Festival 2022, In Competition

Split Film Festival 2022, In Competition

Minikino Film Week 2022

Shorts Mexico 2022

Fantastic Fest 2022 – Special Mention, Fantastic Shorts Competition

Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival 2022, In Competition

Film Fest Ghent 2022, In Competition

Asian Film Joint 2022

Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, Asian Shorts Competition

South Taiwan Film Festival 2022, In Competition

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2022, In Competition

Videoex Festival 2023



Revolution Launderette (2019, Feature), The Cup (2020, Short), A Man Trembles (2021, Short), Chomp It! (2023, Short), The Inescapable Desire of Roots (2024, Short)