The Maid (2005)
Wait wait, before you go, “oh not another movie about Singaporean domestic workers”, there’s a few reasons why you should catch Kelvin Tong’s sophomore cinematic effort.
1. Because the maid in question here is Italian-Filipina actress Alessandra de Rossi (sometime lingerie spokesperson).
2. The movie is still currently the highest grossing Singaporean horror movie at the box office.
3. It features Chen Shu Cheng - the most veteran of veteran actors in Singapore whose youthful zest itself seems supernatural. Aside from that, it's also a pretty scary movie.
Unforgettable: When current maid and ex-maid meet for the first time.
Expanded from an earlier outing, Dumplings first existed as a story within a horror compilation flick entitled Three Extremes. Arguably the best work Bai Ling has ever done, given her propensity to appear as a token trashy Asian character in Hollywood movies. The movie centers around the quest for eternal youth and beauty - and how far people are willing to go to attain it.
We won’t spoil the plot for you, but it bears a striking resemblance to a South Park episode about the late Christopher Reeves. Miriam Yeung is cast against type, abandoning her earthy girl-next-door appeal to be a fantastically disturbing protagonist. The movie will probably ruin dumplings for you, so dumpling enthusiasts be warned.
Unforgettable: That last scene in the bathtub.