As You Were

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    As You Were

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    96 min

    • English
    • Mandarin
    • Malay


    Guohui and Peiling were childhood sweethearts who met again after years of being apart and became a couple. On an idyllic island south of Singapore, they spend their last moments together as their relationship falls apart. The film is about the impossibility of knowing what has made people change. Through the ever-changing landscape, Guohui and Peiling realise that what is transitory is also eternal.



    Jerome Chee
    Eshley Gao
    Josh Lai
    Jiekai Liao
    Gladys Ng
    Wan Ping Looi
    Vivien Koh
    Jiekai Liao
    Bee Thiam Tan
    Matt Kelly

    Director's Statement

    After living in America for three years, I returned to Singapore to find a different city than the place I grew up as a child. For this film, romance is a vehicle to tell the story of change - two lovers who had to part because of their inability to understand each other; a wall that exists in even the most intimate relationships. Hearts have changed and memories displaced; from childhood heartlands to the metropolitan city. Only the motif of water remains the same; in the pools where they learnt swimming as children and the waters that stands between Singapore and an offshore island.

    Liao Jiekai

    Liao Jiekai


    Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker and artist based in Singapore. He is a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. Since 2005, he has directed several shorts, most notably Before the Wedlock House which won the Best Documentary Short at the 2nd Salaya International Documentary Film Festival. His 2010 debut feature film, Red Dragonflies, won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival and was selected for competition at various film festivals such as Buenos Aires, Santiago, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.
    Jiekai was conferred the Young Artist Award for Film by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2012. He won the Credit Suisse Artist Commissioning Award for his 16mm film installation, Brother’s Quarters, which was presented at the President’s Young Talent Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum in 2013. In the same year, he was invited to participate in the Singapore Biennale with the video installation Bukit Orang Salah. As You Were is his second feature film.