Stealing the scenes: In September-October 2002, James Lee shot his third feature film, Room To Let, at an old bungalow on Jalan Delima, between Jalan Imbi and Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur. The house was rented by a group of youths very similar to the occupants of the house in the film. I was asked to photograph the promo pix and the poster for the film. Here are the highlights:


Executive Producer
Sylvia Tan
Producer
Rogayah Shahariman
Written and directed by
James Lee [doghouse73@yahoo.com]
Assistant Director
David Ngui
Cast
Berg Lee, Kiew Suet Kim, Andrew Low, Ling Tan, Koh Choon Eiow, Chong Sheon Wei, Bernard Chauly, Loh Bok Lai, Amy Len, Gan Hui Yee, Goh You Peng, Loh Kok Mun
Technical Crew
Ee Chee Wei, Meng Hou
Music
Jerome Kugan
Length
Estimated 2 hours 15 mins
Language
Mandarin with English subtitles
Format
MiniDV
Screening dates
Dec 6-8 at The Actors Studio Box, KL
Dec 20-22 at The Actors Studio Greenhall, Penang
Sypnosis
Berg and Andrew has just moved into a bachelor house. As Berg comes to know more about his fellow tenants, he unravels a mysterious incident about a missing painter and how it affected the entire household.
Blurb
James Lee's new full length feature film Room to Let is a lingering study of the strangely humdrum existence of a group of listless youths who share an innercity house. The tight confines of the house cause frequent intrusions of privacy and intimate encounters, but the static mood of the film hints at a kind of entropy, a sort of emotional detachment which the characters also share. Yet the beautifully shot sequences portray the film's aloofness and give it unexpected lushness. Room To Let is what reality tv show Big Brother would be like if Tsai Ming-Liang had directed it. Of course only the intrepid James Lee has the gall to actually do it. [by Jerome Kugan]
Influences
Pier Paolo Pasolini's Theorem,
Tsai Ming-Liang
Official website
http://welcome.to/doghouse73

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