The Blue Mansion is available on DVD
Fans of Singapore cinema can now add this quirky murder mystery to their DVD collection.
An uncensored cut of homegrown director Glen Goei’s 2009 film The Blue Mansion is now part of a special-edition DVD box set.
The set also includes Goei’s 1998 disco dramedy Forever Fever, special features such as the making of The Blue Mansion, and booklets of photographs and essays about both films. Priced at $50, it is only available at www.thebluemansion.com.
In The Blue Mansion, a dead tycoon returns as a ghost and bears witness to his own wake, all the while trying to unearth the secrets behind his death. In the process, many family skeletons are revealed. The movie was filmed on location in Penang’s Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – built in the 19th century and winner of the UNESCO Architectural Heritage Award – and features a star-studded cast that includes Lim Kay Siu, Adrian Pang and Neo Swee Lin.
Following its world premiere at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival in 2009, The Blue Mansion was screened at film festivals held in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Berlin and more. Recently, it was featured at a sold-out screening at the Singapore Art Museum’s first Southeast Asian Film Festival. More details about a second screening on April 28 can be found here.
Net proceeds from the 2009 charity premiere of The Blue Mansion were donated to AWARE. In his message in the programme booklet, Goei said he had picked AWARE for the charity premiere because it “seeks gender equality,
embraces diversity, and respects the right of individuals to live the life they choose – values that I would expect to prevail in any civilised society. These are the very themes that I explore in the film”.