Invisible City (2007)

Invisible City 备忘录

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Invisible City chronicles the ways people attempt to leave a mark before they and their histories disappear. From an avid amateur film director trying to preserve his decaying trove of Singapore footage to an intrepid Japanese journalist hunting down Singaporean war veterans, Tan Pin Pin draws out doubts, hopes and the ordinary moments of these protagonists who attempt immortality. Through their footage and photos rarely seen until now, we begin to perceive faint silhouettes of a City that could have been.

Invisible City had a four week sold our run at The Arts House in July 2007. It now tours Singapore and film festivals abroad

Technical Information

Languages: Mandarin, Japanese and English
Subtitles: Mandarin and English
Length: 60 minutes

What People Are Saying

"A witty, intellectually challenging essay on history and memory as tools of civil resistance."
– Citation, Cinema du Reel

"This film brings new inspiration to the telling of Asian histories."
– Taiwan International Documentary Festival

"The film invites debate about how the past can be remembered and history written, objectively, without fear or favour."
– Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore


Asian Vision Award, Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Prix de la SCAM, Cinema du Reel
Asian Cinema Fund, Busan International Film Festival


Berlin International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Flaherty Film Seminar
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
and more.

With Appearances by:

Lim Chen Sian
Wee Sheau Theng
Yeo Kang Shua
Chua Ai Hua
Ivan Polunin
Siew Yen Polunin
Han Tan Juan
Chan Cheow Thia
Teng Siao See
Guo Ren Huey
Ho Meng Kit
Izumi Ogura
Ng Chun Kit
Majorie Topley
Majorie Doggett
Koh Tai Ann
Ong Chang Woei


Editor Inez Ang
Script Consultants Tan Siok Siok, Jasmine Ng Kin Kia
Associate Producer Lim Tiat
Photography Ryan Seet, Tan Pin Pin
Additional Photography James Teo
Additional Editing Martyn See
Production Support Lian Tsui Yee
Research Tan Wen Ling
Editing Assistant Cheryl Koh
Transcription Zhang Kang Min, Candace Zhou

Japanese voice over Fuwa Tomoko
Sound Designer Nigel Woodford
Colourist Pang Wei Fong Blackmagic Design
Grading Co-ordinator Hazel Ngiam
Graphics Elena Ho
Chinese Subtitles Lim Woan Hui 林琬慧, Eva Tang 邓宝翠
Publicity Suryahti Abdul Latiff, Teng Qian Xi
Legal Advisor Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva
Brand Strategy & Marketing Mindwasabi

Stills from the film

IC - han-tan-juan-tells-it-like-it-is IC - guo-ren-huey-witnesses-the-war IC sidewalk-chalk


Invisible City Poster