12 Storeys

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12 Storeys
12 storeys poster.jpg
French film poster
Directed byEric Khoo
Produced byBrian Hong
Written by
  • Eric Khoo
  • James Toh
StarringJack Neo
Music byKevin Mathews
CinematographyYoke Weng Ho
Edited byJasmine Ng Kin Kia
Release date
  • 12 June 1997 (1997-06-12)
Running time
105 minutes

12 Storeys (十二樓 or Shí'èr lóu in Mandarin) is a 1997 Singaporean drama film directed by Eric Khoo and starring Jack Neo. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


The film focuses on the troubled lives of several people living in the same building. A soup vendor called Ah Gu is having a hard time dealing with his money-hungry wife, Lily. Nearby, young children are forced to raise their even younger siblings due to parental neglect.



Derek Elley of Variety wrote that the film's has "genuinely funny" moments, but its slow pacing "blunts the humor".[2] Time Out called it "witty and sophisticated stuff".[3]

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it "is widely regarded to have contributed to the revitalisation of local cinema".[4]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: 12 Storeys". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (13 June 1997). "Review: '12 Storeys'". Variery. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  3. ^ "12 Storeys". Time Out. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. ^ Heng, Janice (21 December 2015). "Diplomatic missions screening Singapore films in cultural push". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2 April 2016.

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