Mon, a native Rohingya born and grew up in Malaysia, is about to get her first salary after worked for the café for 2 months and 10 days. The Boss, however, not giving her the amount she should have it. Instead of it, he start deduce the money based on the mistakes that Mon have done, but something else happen that unexpected and change her life ever.

  • Thim Kian CHENG
  • Thim Kian CHENG
  • Thim Kian CHENG
  • See Yee YONG
  • Sam CHONG
    Key Cast
  • Josephine YEONG
    Key Cast
  • Mandy CHEN
    Key Cast
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    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Magic Bean Short Film Competition
    Kuala Lumpur
    January 10, 2016
    1st Runner Up
  • InDpanda International Film Festival

    Hong Kong
    October 6, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Our Shorts Their Shorts
    January 5, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Thim Kian CHENG

Thim Kian CHENG, born in 1984, Malaysia, is a filmmaker who works mostly as line producer for internationally acclaimed Malaysian directors like Edmund Yeo, Woo Ming Jin and James Lee. Notably upcoming release feature film <River of Exploding Durian; directed by Edmund Yeo> and <Second Life of Thief; directed by Woo Ming Jin>. At the same time, Cheng also write scripts, produces and directs for his own short stories. One of his short film, <Hikikomori> has made it interenet premiere at Yxine 2014, as well as Leiden Short Film Festival as part of Viddsee special program.

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Director Statement

I was inspired by a short story wrote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. Salary is a short film created with one of the oppressed and the oppressed one characters, and put them into a simple but strong situation which can create sympathetic response between the story and our current living environment.
When I reading the story I feel myself living within it, and I strongly believe this not only happen to me, but also others around us. For each party also have their own feeling, although we always put ourselves as the one of the oppressed, but I would like to think another way, why the oppressed one act like it, is it he ego? Or his weakness? Or it just as mirror to himself that remind he might just as same as the one of the oppressed. This is how I wish to create the mood and feeling and let the audiences to feel by themselves. We should always be gentle and humble in any circumstances. As human, we never know what going to end up to ourselves.