At the intersection where art meets life lies Ji Fan, a short film about the relationship between a Malay female corporate lawyer and a Chinese male chicken rice seller. Set in modern-day Singapore where the culture of materialism and superficiality pervade, Ji Fan is a social commentary masquerading as a pedestrian love story.
When the love between Kiat and Lydia blossoms over one too many plates of chicken rice transactions and the discovery of deep commonality, will they be able to overcome the multitude of obstacles and judgment to fulfil their destiny? Or will they be fated to meet but destined to part, like the Chinese saying 有緣無份(yǒu yuán wú fèn)?
The chicken rice as the backdrop theme is employed because, firstly, chicken rice is Singapore’s national dish so the director wanted a veritably Singaporean flavour to the film to proudly reflect our Singaporean identity. Secondly, it is a humble but staple dish that is the glue of many Singaporeans of all four ethnic groups. Finally, although chicken rice appears to be a very simple and plain dish (especially to outsiders), it actually is very labour intensive to make— the roasting of the chicken, the making of the chicken stock-flavoured rice etc all take hours— yet it gives people so much joy and satiates thousands of Singaporeans every day. It is a constant reminder for us to not judge by a superficial physical impression.
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Jon Sim is a seasoned commercial actor whose portfolio includes clients like the Ministry for Environment and Water Resources (Meet the Tan Family) and Mediacorp (Mediacorp Great Singapore Sale Advertising Promo). He has recently been a featured actor in 1965 the movie, 7 Letters from 7 Film Makers and in promotional videos and TVCs such as for STB (Aaron and Friends’ Long Weekend in Singapore with internationally acclaimed actor Aaron Aziz). Jon studied in Australia for his bachelor’s degree in business, and works for a foreign bank by day. He indulges in his passion for acting and constantly hones his craft by attending courses and workshops like Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting, and Televised and Live Performance Acting.
Nessa Anwar is no stranger to the theatre and TV circuit in Singapore. Best known for her roles in short films like Tudung and Bird and TV series like Anak Metropolitan and Rempuh, Nessa has also done plays like Tart and Haresh Sharma’s Off Centre, and also directed films under the Ministry of Film’ography banner. Nessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from NUS and is an SPH producer by day. Nessa has trained under renowned names in the acting industry and indulges in her passion in acting not only as a side hobby, but also as a serious enterprise. Nessa is also a scrambler chick and has presented the online show InstaScram that showcases off the beaten track places in Singapore!