12 Storeys

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12 Storeys
12 storeys poster.jpg
French Film Poster
Directed by Eric Khoo
Produced by Brian Hong
Written by
  • Eric Khoo
  • James Toh
Starring Jack Neo
Music by Kevin Mathews
Cinematography Yoke Weng Ho
Edited by Jasmine Ng Kin Kia
Release date
  • 12 June 1997 (1997-06-12)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Singapore
Language English

12 Storeys (十二樓 or Shí'èr lóu in Mandarin) is a 1997 Singaporean drama film directed by Eric Khoo. 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. Soup vendor 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.


  • Jack Neo as Ah Gu
  • Koh Boon Pin as Meng
  • Quan Yi Fong (credited as Chuang Yi Fong) as Lily
  • Lum May Yee as Trixie
  • Lucilla Teoh as San San
  • Ritz Lim as Tee
  • Roderick Lim
  • Ronald Toh Chee Kong
  • Loy Lok Yee
  • Neo Swee Lin
  • Lim Kay Siu as Hawker
  • Lim Kay Tong as Mark


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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