Sungei Road Thieves’ Market

The sights and sounds of Sungei Road Thieves’ Market. Filmed on the last weekend before it was ‘demolished’. Getting scolded by an Auntie: priceless.
Music: The Stylers – Di Tanjong Katong

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Hosaywood: A look back at 2015

Happy new year everyone! As we look forward to good health and great films in 2016, here’s a look back to our projects in the past year.
2015 was a eventful year for Hosaywood:

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1. Ultramen Johor

(106,000 hits and counting) Click on the screenshot to watch

We kicked off 2015 by releasing Ultramen Johor, a tribute to the crazy fans of Johor Darul Ta’zim, also known as the Boys of Straits. Week in and week out, the ‘ultras’ of our neighbouring football club pack their stadium and create an atmosphere you can’t find in Singapore.

 

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2. Rubbers mv – A Condom and A Hole

(Over 200,000 views, went viral on 9gag & reddit) Watch on Facebook and Youtube

I then worked on the music video for the movie ‘Rubbers‘, directed by our favourite funnyman Han Yew Kwang. Rubbers is an outrageous sex comedy with an even more outrageous theme song, ‘A Condom and A Hole’, written by Yew Kwang and performed by Marcus Chin. The video was shot on the green screen and edited in karaoke style, with graphics by Mojo. It went viral on the Golden Village Facebook, with various pages ripping and reposting it. It then went viral internationally on 9gag and Reddit, with hilarious comments!

 

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3. The Other SG50 Video

(100,000 + views) Watch on Facebook and YouTube

2015 was SG50, Singapore’s 50th birthday, and it was full blown rah-rah celebrations all year round. We decided to make The Other SG50 Video, to remember the rarely seen side of Singapore – the left behind, the unsung heroes. This video was also ripped and reposted by various alternative sites.

 

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4. Nomination Day

Watch on Facebook and YouTube

It was General Election time in September, and we made a film, Nomination Day, because unlike rallies, this day is rarely seen by the public. Politicians from opposing camps cross paths to submit forms, and die-hard supporters also clash side by side.

 

 

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5. Commercials and corporate films

Throughout the year, to zo gang (work), I also directed and shot commercials for property developers and other clients!

 

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6. Homeground – Full film here, website here, trailer on YouTube and Facebook

And of course, 2015 would not have been complete without Homeground, a documentary about footballers and playing spaces in Singapore! I was delighted to receive the POSB Storytellers Grant, which enabled me to make this special love letter which I’ve had in my mind for a while now. Homeground premiered successfully at Scape Orchard in Oct 2015, and is slated for release on free-to-air TV and YouTube in 2016.

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Homegroundcast

With that, we are looking forward to the new year. Short film? Feature film? Zombiepura?
Remember to follow Hosaywood on Facebook and YouTube!

The Other SG50 video

Our new video has gotten near to 100k views on Facebook. Thanks for all your support. Above is the YouTube version.

“The other SG50 video. Something you won’t see on TV, but see in our everyday lives. As we celebrate SG50, let’s not forget the hardworking people will built this country. A love letter to Singapore and its people.”

Do ‘like’ our new Hosaywood page, where we will be publishing more videos on Facebook.

Our viral video for ‘Rubbers’

Our viral music video A Condom And A Hole for the movie Rubbers, has gotten over 100,000 hits on Facebook! It has also been ripped and reposted by various pages. Watch the YouTube version here.

It has been great working with Marcus Chin and Rubbers director Han Yew Kwang.

Marcus Chin naked in the video was actually a happy accident. There was supposed to be a wardrobe of blue jacket and magician’s hat, but he turned up at the shoot without it. We paniced and then we decided, why not be half naked? After some persuasion, the clothes came off layer by layer after more takes. Marcus is a great sport! That’s what filmmaking is about, solving problems on the fly, and sometimes the end product turns out better 🙂

Pls support the movie in cinemas!

NEW FILM: ULTRAMEN JOHOR: JDT Fans film

Here’s a new mini film to kick off 2015: ULTRAMEN JOHOR. I shot this footage in Jan 2014 but decided to revisit it recently and finally cut it into a film.

28 Jan 2014 – Johor Darul Ta’zim vs LionsXII
It was my second visit to the Larkin Stadium and I knew the atmosphere was gonna be great. Flags, chants, songs and coordinated scarves throughout 90 mins.

JDT’s support increased after the recent influx of resources and signings of superstars like Argentine international Pablo Aimar. You can feel the Johoreans’ passion for their team, and for their state even. Stuff that makes your skin crawl and your hair stand.

From a Singapore perspective:
The recent happenings on and off the pitch of Singapore football (S.league, Suzuki Cup) have made me wonder: Are Singaporeans really football fans, or just TV fans? Recently at the Singapore Sports Hub, Singaporeans were out-sung by visiting fans from Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.

Perhaps our neighbours across the Causeway have the answer. Week in week out, THIS happens in their local stadiums. Led by ultras like BOS (Boys of Straits), there is a carnival, a worship of their local team and the beautiful game.

Perhaps we watch so much foreign football on television that we have forgotten what it is to be football fans. You don’t go to a stadium to enjoy the atmosphere, you ARE the atmosphere.

Singapore issues aside, this film is dedicated to the Johor Ultras. It was eye opening to make this film.

AYUH JOHOR! Respect!

NOTE: It’s been a busy past few years raising money and preparing to shoot my first feature film. Hence the lack of posts here. Thanks for visiting this site, do keep in touch on Hosaywood Facebook. – Jacen

Rubbers: Singapore sex comedy

I apologise for the lack of updates on Zombiepura. We’ll be announcing something really soon. But meanwhile, I’d like to direct your attention to RUBBERS, a sex comedy by Han Yew Kwang, starring Golden Horse Award winner Yeo Yann Yann.

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Rubbers: Yeo Yann Yann tries to seduce a plumber (Mature content)

Rubbers is currently raising funds on Indiegogo.

Tired of the same old Singapore movies? Rubbers is a very daring project by one of my favourite Singapore directors, Yew Kwang. Having personally worked on this shoot, I can assure you that you will be shocked at what actors like Yann Yann, Alaric Tay, Oon Shu An and Marcus Chin ‘sacrificed’ for Rubbers! It is definitely a daring and hilarious film that needs your support. Check out the Rubbers Indiegogo page now and be a part of this groundbreaking movie.

10th Singapore Short Cuts illustration

It’s been a while since our last update, as we’re busy developing our feature film. But here’s a pleasant surprise from National Museum!

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 Illustration by Koh Hong Teng

This illustration for the 10th Singapore Short Cuts features elements from local short films screened previously in the festival. Can you spot the 3 Hosaywood motifs? Check out the festival here.

National Conversation film

 

Shot an impromptu film with my mobile phone and it has since gathered nearly 30,000 views! National Conversation: A film montage of colourful banners and quirky Singaporeans. On 16 Feb 2013, Singaporeans gathered at Hong Lim Park to protest against overpopulation.