ACF Asian Cinema Fund

Post-Production Fund

2009 Post-Production Fund

LIST Woman on Fire Looks for Water
Category Asian Project
Project Woman on Fire Looks for Water
Director WOO Ming Jin
Country Malaysia
Director's Profile Born in 1976, Ming Jin’s debut feature film [Monday Morning Glory] (2005) was invited to the Pusan International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival (Forum), and Locarno International Film Festival, among others. Ming Jin’s second film, [The Elephant and the Sea] (2007), hailed by Variety magazine as a Brilliant, striking new voice on the East Asian scene…, has won 5 awards in international film festivals. The film has been invited to screen in more than 45 film festivals worldwide, including the Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Seattle, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Torino, and Karlovy Vary Film Festivals. His other works include the made for TV film Days of the [Turquoise Sky] (2008) won the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2008.
Ah Fei is a frog seller who lives with his father, Ah Kan, a fisherman. They share a quiet, but strong relationship. Ah Kan reads palms, and sees his own death not long from now. He embarks on a journey to visit an old lover, for one last grasp of happiness. Meanwhile Ah Fei is hoping to marry his childhood friend, Lili. But a poisoning incident unravels his life. Will he mirror his father′s mistakes of the past? [Woman on Fire Looks for Water] is a personal tale of love and longing, compassion, and ultimately forgiveness.
Director's Note
I do not have many dreams. At least ones I remember. 8 years ago I awoke to the image of myself tumbling down a mountain I had just climbed. When I reached the bottom I began to climb up again. And again I was pushed down. I was crying, because I could not make out the face of the person pushing me down. Was it my lover? Was it myself? The dream came back to me several times that year. It was violent, yet it was also quiet and serene. It told me that I could not change my fate. The three characters in [Woman on Fire Looks for Water] represent one cycle of a life. They have the same fate. They are the same person. Yet they are different.
2009 Busan International Film Festival - A Window on Asian Cinema
2009 Cinemanila International Film Festival - SEA Competition / Special Mention
2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam - Spectrum
2010 San Francisco International Film Festival - World Cinema
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