The Tiger of 142B

FILM SYNOPSIS 
A young unemployed man finds himself having difficulty in communicating with his girlfriend. As he struggles to cope with his fragile state of mind, a series of mysterious killings unsettles the residents of Block 142B. Some claimed to have seen a tiger roaming at the estate. Adapted from Dave Chua’s short story ‘The Tiger of 142B’ from the book ‘The Beating and Other Stories’.

Director Statement:
We first heard of “The Tiger of 142B” from fellow animation director Tan Wei Keong. He told us that Dave had written a short story about a mysterious tiger roaming around a public housing block. We were immediately drawn to the surrealism and decided to check it out at the library. We were very attracted to Dave’s interweaving of two unrelated plot points, adding an additional layer of meaning to the overall narrative. The ambiguity of the tiger and the many interesting use of motifs inspired us to think deeper. And because of its surreal setting, we both felt that there were many potential areas to explore in turning the story into an animated short.

In addition, we were also very attracted to the story’s protagonist. Both of us can empathise with his dilemma – to get a stable job that pays well, or to pursue one’s own ideals. We both had to face the similar situation upon graduating from university. Coincidentally, during the period of our uncertainty, we bumped into Dave in a book signing event at Kinokuiya and had told him the dilemma we were facing. The advice Dave gave was “to carry on animating”.

CREDITS
Directors : Harry and Henry Zhuang
Producers : David Lee & Eternality Tan
Sound Designer : Roger Low
Associate Producer : Lee Junyi
Music Composer : Pamela Ng
Voice Talents: Audrey Lim as Girl Genie
Michael Kwah as Guy Kevin
Ranga Perera as Hunter
An offering of: Singapore Writers Festival Presented by: National Art Council

AWARD

  • Won ‘Rising Talent Award’ in 5th China Independent Animation Film Forum (Asia Region)
  • Won “XTSART Original Cartoons Award” at 5th China Independent Animation Film Forum (CIAFF)
  • Won “Best Film” at SeaShorts Film Festival (Kuala Lumpur )

SCREENINGS

  • 26th Animafest Zagreb (Croatia) – Grand competition
  • Indie-Anifest 2016 (S. Korea) – in competition 
  • New Chitose Airport Animation Festival (Japan) – in competition 
  • Taichung International Animation Festival (Taiwan) – in competition Chinese Talents
  • Thai Short Film and Video Festival 2016 – S-express series (Thailand)
  • ANIME-ASEAN (Japan)
  • 5th China Independent Animation Film Forum (China)  – in competition
  • 28th Annual Society for Animation Studies – Best of Singapore Independent Animation (Singapore)
  • 20TH GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL (Singapore) 
  • 12th Singapore Shortcuts (Singapore)
  • Utter Singapore 2015 (Singapore)
  • Asian Film Focus 2016 (Singapore)
  • Animated Dreams (Estonia) – World Panorama
  • SeaShorts Film Festival (Kuala Lumpur ) – Competition
  • Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea) – Fantastic Short Film
  • Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival 2018
  • Singapore: Inside Out Sydney (Singapore Short Film Showcase with Objectifs )
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival 2019 (Out of competition, part of seashorts film festival)