Bugis Street


1h 40m 1995

Brief Synopsis

Set in Singapore of the 1960's--right before the city fathers decided to purify the entire country--a story which follows the unlikely journey of Lien, a wide-eyed 16-year-old who just moved from the rural village to the bustling heart of the city. She gains work as the maid in the charming old Sing

Film Details

Also Known As
Bugis Street: The Movie
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
MARGIN
Location
Singapore

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

Set in Singapore of the 1960's--right before the city fathers decided to purify the entire country--a story which follows the unlikely journey of Lien, a wide-eyed 16-year-old who just moved from the rural village to the bustling heart of the city. She gains work as the maid in the charming old Sing Sing Hotel, not realizing the "hotel" is based in the heart of Singapore's red light district or that its "female" residents were relatively recent arrivals to the feminine side of life. As Lien overcomes her initial shock and intimidation--not to mention the distraction of the hunky young men who visit the hotel each night--she comes to befriend the transvestites and transsexuals of the Sing Sing, whose colorful personalities shield them against the cruelty of being branded as outcasts in a conservative Singaporean society. In time, Lien matures to discover the secrets and pains of love, sexuality and womanhood from her new "sisters."

Film Details

Also Known As
Bugis Street: The Movie
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
MARGIN
Location
Singapore

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Recipient of the Unique Vision Award '97 by the Chinese American Council of New York City.

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States Fall November 14, 1997

Released in United States June 1997

Released in United States November 21, 1997

Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 5-15, 1997.

Shown at San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 20-29, 1997.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.

"Bugis Street" marks the first film from Singapore to receive a U.S.A. theatrical release; and also is the first release from 'new' independent distributor "Margin Films."

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.)

Released in United States June 1997 (Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 5-15, 1997.)

Released in United States June 1997 (Shown at San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 20-29, 1997.)

Released in United States Fall November 14, 1997

Released in United States November 21, 1997 (Los Angeles)