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About Rice Rhapsody:
Rice Rhapsody is set in Singapore’s Chinatown with food being a central symbol. Food is the thread that binds family ties and also becomes a medium that not only nourishes but opens hearts. Rice Rhapsody invites the audience into the kitchen of a Hainanese chicken rice restaurant, weaving delicious vignettes of the city’s iconic national dish and culinary culture, and serves up an Asian world not commonly seen in Asian cinema – a world that is multi-faceted and multi-layered; where values between generations and cultures collide, but also where understanding meets.

Rice Rhapsody is a multi-award winning dramatic comedy starring some of Asia’s most respected actors and celebrities including Taiwanese actress, writer and director Sylvia Chang; Canadian celebrity chef Martin Yan with cameo appearance by Hong Kong film icon Ivy Ling Po. The film also features popular French actress Melanie Laurent, best known for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Hollywood actress Maggi Q. The film is written and directed by Kenneth Bi. Backed by Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan's new venture, JCE Movies and the Singapore Film Commission, Rice Rhapsody is jointly produced by Kenbiroli Films of Hong Kong and Singapore's Ground Glass Images.

About Kenneth Bi (director):
Kenneth Bi graduated with Honours in Theatre/Film from Brock University in Canada. He has written, directed, and acted in Canada and Hong Kong in numerous theatre and film productions. In 1992 he won a Special Merit Award in Toronto for his CBC-Radio Drama, Rice Krinkles. Bi's script for Rice Rhapsody was awarded Outstanding Screenplay of 1999 by the Taiwan Government Information Office. Rice Rhapsody was selected by Pusan Promotion Plan as an Official Project for PPP 2000 and premiered at Pusan International Film Festival in 2004 (largest film festival in Asia). It was also selected into competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Bi won The Best New Director award at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards, and "Best First Theatrical Feature" at Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival in 2005.

About the Toronto Singapore Film Festival:
The Toronto Singapore Film Festival (TSFF) is a not-for-profit community driven organization devoted to showcasing Singapore’s films in Toronto.  Its mission is to raise the cultural profile of Singapore in Toronto through films, and unite filmmaking interests between Singapore and Toronto.  Since its inception in 2006, TSFF has grown from a one-day short film festival to successful three-day events where many films have played to full house at The University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall and Revue Cinema.

Singapore Shiok: Rice Rhapsody



Jen Fan (Sylvia Chang), owner of a successful chicken rice restaurant, is a single mom with traditional values. Her two older sons are gay and Jen is determined that her youngest son Leo will not follow his brothers’ orientation. Jen arranges to take in a female French exchange student Sabine (Melanie Laurent) in her grand “salvation” plot for Leo.  Ally and business rival, duck rice seller Kim Chui (Martin Yan) is roped in and there begins many humourous twists and turns in this heart-warming drama.


In partnership with the Toronto Singapore Film Festival, along with the Hainanese Chicken Rice cooking demonstration. Rice Rhapsody is co-presented with The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.


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