5 Films That You Didn’t Know Were Set In Singapore

Spotting familiar sights on the big screen is such a thrill


With Comfort taxis popping up in the trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, and Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult traipsing around town while shooting Equals, we have to admit it brings us immense pride to see Singapore featured on the silver screen (remember that glorious moment when Chow Yun Fatt shouted, "Welcome to Singapore!" in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End?).

Here are five more films that were set in Singapore – which you probably didn’t know about:

1. David Bowie: Ricochet (1983)

Some of you might have seen clips from this documentary of music legend David Bowie following his death earlier this year. A chronicle of his adventures in Southeast Asia during his Serious Moonlight Tour in 1983, Bowie can be seen watching a Chinese opera performance and walking around Orchard Road and Far East Plaza in this trippy film.

2. Paradise Road (1997)

Inspired by real events, this American film is set during the time of World War II, right after Japanese forces attacked Singapore, and tells the story of a vocal orchestra founded by women in a Japanese camp. The star-studded cast includes Glenn Close, Frances McDormand and Cate Blanchett.

3. Rogue Trader (1999)

This British biographical drama stars Ewan McGregor as the notorious Nick Leeson, a former investment broker whose fraudulent speculative trading brought on the downfall of Barings Bank, the oldest merchant bank in the UK. The movie follows Leeson as he moves to Singapore to assume the role of general manager of the trading floor on the former Singapore International Monetary Exchange. He was eventually extradited to Singapore, where he is sentenced to jail.

4. In The Mood For Love (2000)

In this iconic film about forbidden love by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, Tony Leung’s journalist character Chow Mo Wan relocated to Singapore in the ‘60s to take up a job in the local paper. Chow’s love interest, played by Maggie Cheung, visited his apartment in Singapore the following year, even though the pair never met.

Wong appears to be a fan of Singapore, as his 2004 film 2046 also referenced the country.

5. The Offering (2016)

This upcoming Hollywood horror film from local auteur Kelvin Tong is mostly set in Singapore. Reporter Jamie Waters (played by Elizabeth Rice) travels to Singapore to uncover the truth about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her sister’s death.

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