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Tomorrow Is a Long Time

Míng tian bi zuo tian chang jiu

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North American Premiere

Young Meng is trying to find common ground with his emotionally distant father while coming to terms with the loss of his mother. The father’s inability to connect and provide comfort to his teenage son, coupled with the grueling nature of his job as an exterminator create a chasm between the two. Meanwhile, Meng is targeted by school bullies, forcing him to learn how to fend for himself. A stirring feature debut grounded in the complex father-son dynamic. Split into two distinct parts, the coming-of-age drama charts the boy’s journey from the stifling family home in a Singaporean urban jungle to military service in an actual jungle, where little by little he starts to understand who he is at the core. Wei wields his sharp cinematic gaze through an observational yet emotionally immersive style that captures profound moments of masculine tension and tenderness. The film is carried by the magnetic newcomer Edward Tan, who easily holds his own against the veteran actor-director Leon Dai in this heartbreaking dance of wills.


October 4 & 6: Q&A with director Jow Zhi Wei


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Leon Dai, Edward Tan, Julius Foo, Jay Victor, Lekheraj Sekhar

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In English and Mandarin with English subtitles

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105 min

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Executive Producer

Fran Borgia


Fran Borgia, Jeremy Chua, Stefano Centini, Xavier Rocher, Ico Costa


Jow Zhi Wei


Russell Morton


Alexandra Strauss

Production Design

James Page

Original Music

Ting Si Hao


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Jow Zhi Wei

Jow Zhi Wei attended Le Fresnoy (France) and Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore). He was accepted in the Golden Horse Film Academy 2010 (Taiwan). He was also awarded the Young Artist Award by the government of Singapore in 2014. He has made three short films, Outing (San Sebastian International Film Festival 2010), Waiting (Busan International Film Festival 2010) and After The Winner (Cannes Film Festival – Cinéfondation Selection 2013).

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