Waiting For Tokyo

Waiting For Tokyo follows four Singaporean athletes in pursuit of a common goal – qualifying for their first Olympic Games. Amid the pandemic, they are forced to prepare for the biggest competition in their lives in an atmosphere of uncertainty over the status of the Games. At this pivotal moment, they reflect on their Olympic dreams, and the obsession and sacrifice necessary to make it as an athlete.

  • Edwin Chan
  • Alan Yuen
  • Edwin Chan
  • Alan Yuen
  • Chew Yi-Xinn
  • Merilyn Cheong
    Director of Photography
  • Merilyn Cheong
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sport, Human interest, Expository, Observational, Student Film, Olympics
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,300 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Director Biography - Edwin Chan, Alan Yuen

Edwin pursued a Communications degree at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He specialised in both journalism and broadcast studies. He was the Head of Editorial and Multimedia for the 2020 Perspectives Film Festival. Having a keen interest in telling the stories of underdogs has led him to cross paths with many inspiring people. Be it through words or visuals, Edwin believes in providing a voice for those who need to be heard.

Alan studied Communications at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He dabbled in journalism, broadcast production and cinema studies. An avid consumer of narrative and documentary film, he loves stories that shine a light on little corners of the world. In 2020, he participated in Singapore International Film Festival’s Youth Jury and Critics Programme. There, he was mentored in film criticism and published several reviews on the festival’s Asian Short Film Competition. Later that year, he was a part of the programming team at the student-run 2020 Perspectives Film Festival.

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Director Statement

We were drawn to this story when we learned that our groupmate, Merilyn, was a former athlete. She shared about her time at Singapore Sports School, and we were fascinated by the lives of student athletes. They lead vastly different lives from us despite being in the similar age range. In an education system that prioritises academic results above everything else, quitting school or neglecting studies to focus on sport are incredibly courageous decisions. In particular, our featured profiles are contrarians as they dare to dream of making it to the pinnacle of sport – the Olympics – despite the many challenges they face. Primarily, the need to juggle sports and school. As if these challenges were not enough, the Olympics being postponed due to the pandemic added another hurdle. In this period of stasis and uncertainty, we wanted to provide a window into the lives of Singaporean athletes. We wanted to explore how the athletes were coping and training during this time. More importantly, we wanted to tell stories of their dreams and the sacrifices they’ve made for a glimmer of hope at Olympic glory.