Experiencing Interruptions?

Perhaps That Elephant Is Still Asleep

Set in 1999, a Chinese village in southern part of Malaysia known as the mythical Elephant Village is visited by a group of Malay villagers. A freshly-in-love teenage Chinese boy and a teenage Malay girl find themselves entangled in intricate racial conflicts from the previous generations as the myth of this village unveils itself.

  • Kuok Hong Yoeng
  • Kuok Hong Yoeng
  • Elise Shick
  • Danny Low
    Key Cast
    "Ah Guo"
  • Atiqah Afina
    Key Cast
  • Rex Chua
    Key Cast
    "Ah Yong"
  • Ah Lan Yap
    Key Cast
  • Dave Tan
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, HIstory
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Malay, Mandarin Chinese
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Kuok Hong Yoeng

Graduated from I-Shou University, Kuok Hong Yoeng is a director and screenwriter who is mainly involved in film and television script development. He came from the southern part of Malaysia - a village called Elephant Village - where he shot his second short film PERHAPS THAT ELEPHANT IS STILL ASLEEP. His debut short film KAMPUNG GAJAH was screened at South Taiwan Film Festival 2019 and SeaShort Film Festival 2020.

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Director Statement

PERHAPS THAT ELEPHANT IS STILL ASLEEP is the work I filmed in Elephant Village (a Chinese new village situated in southern Malaysia) again after the my first short film KAMPUNG GAJAH. I have never understood why the elephants in Elephant Village suddenly disappeared but according to the villagers, the elephants started to disappear once Malay villagers moved into this village. This myth became the impetus behind my return to this village again and again. My intention is to continue to explore and discover intricate causes behind the racial and ethnic conflicts in Malaysia.