Private Project

Lorong 88

QQ is a lovelorn prostitute, who finds herself developing feelings for her regular customer. Grieving from the loss of his wife, Chen is a cold businessman.

They both attempt to find some sense of emotional fulfilment through each other's company.

  • Aw Yong Kaiyi
    Director
  • Heng Rae
    Assistant Director
  • Aw Yong Kaiyi
    Writer
  • Aw Yong Kaiyi
    Producer
  • Aw Yong Kaiyi
    Editor
  • Aw Yong Kaiyi
    Animation
  • Heng Rae
    Assistant Animation
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Aw Yong Kaiyi

Lorong 88 discusses the complexities of desire and isolation. Within the film, these themes are examined through the framework of an unrequited, grey-area romance between two characters. Set amidst a predominantly Asian cultural backdrop, the film takes place in a dingy red light district. Lined with love hotels, lounges and sex shops, it is an environment befitting of the taboo nature in openly expressing emotional desires and needs in a conservative Asian society.

Our characters each have their own set of emotional complexities and desires that they are unable to truly openly express. QQ, a younger prostitute, displays a deeper romantic attraction towards her customer, Chen. Despite this, she realises that he is not in the position to reciprocate her feelings, and that within her line of work, their relationship is ultimately purely transactional.

Whilst Chen, a cold but hurting businessman, is still tied down brooding over his own past romance, and is simply using QQ as a rebound from his loneliness. They hence attempt to satiate their desires through roundabout notions, whether through drinking or having meaningless sex, without overtly expressing them. Both characters hence end up isolated at the end of their night, carrying the weight of their unfulfilled emotional needs and desires, expressed only through internal monologues that remain passively bottled up within themselves.

In a nutshell, Lorong 88 discusses desire and isolation as shared human conditions, through the duality of two characters from vastly different social backgrounds. Despite being a universal human condition, desire sometimes remains unfulfilled and we as people, attempt to find other means to fulfil them through transient, gratuitous means - as long as it means keeping ourselves momentarily distracted from the gaping emptiness of isolation and loneliness.

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