A Land Imagined

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A Land Imagined
Directed byYeo Siew Hua
Produced byFran Borgia
Written byYeo Siew Hua
StarringPeter Yu
Luna Kwok
Liu Xiaoyi
Jack Tan
Ishtiaque Zico
Music byTeo Wei Yong
CinematographyHideho Urata
Edited byDaniel Hui
Akanga Film Asia
Films de Force Majeure
mm2 Entertainment
Volya Films
Distributed bymm2 Entertainment (Singapore}
Release date
  • 7 August 2018 (2018-08-07) (Locarno)
  • 8 December 2018 (2018-12-08) (SGIFF)
  • 2019 (2019) (Singapore)
Running time
95 minutes

A Land Imagined (Chinese: 幻土) is a 2018 neo-noir mystery thriller film[1] written and directed by Yeo Siew Hua. A Singapore-France-Netherlands co-production,[2] the film tells the story of a police investigator who uncovers the truth behind the disappearance of a construction worker.[3]

The film premiered in competition on 7 August 2018, at the 71st Locarno Film Festival, and won the top prize of the festival, the Golden Leopard.[4] At Locarno, Yeo also won the Junior Jury award and a Special Mention award. In December 2018, A Land Imagined played in competition at the 29th Singapore International Film Festival, where it was named Best Asian Feature Film by a jury led by Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan. It is the first time a Singaporean film has won the award. The film is scheduled to be released in theatres in early 2019.[5]


The film revolves around Lok, a police officer who is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese migrant worker working at a land reclamation site. The investigation leads him to the disappearance of another Bengali worker, who was on good terms with the missing worker. As he retraces the steps of the missing worker, Lok gets a sensing of the plight of these workers as they happen to work for an unscrupulous employer.


  • Peter Yu as Lok
  • Luna Kwok as Mindy
  • Liu Xiaoyi as Wang
  • Jack Tan as Jason
  • Ishtiaque Zico as Ajit


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71%, based on 7 reviews.[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 29th November 2018 Achievement in Cinematography Hideho Urata Won [8]
El Gouna Film Festival 28 September 2018 Feature Narrative Competition Yeo Siew Hua Won [9]
Five Flavours Asian Film Festival 21 November 2018 New Asian Cinema - Best Film Yeo Siew Hua Nominated [10]
Hamburg Film Festival 5th October 2018 Young Talent Award, Best Feature Film Yeo Siew Hua Nominated [11]
Locarno International Film Festival 11 Aug 2018 Golden Leopard Yeo Siew Hua Won [12]
Junior Jury Awardn - International Competition Won [12]
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention Won [12]
QCinema International Film Festival 30 October 2018 Best Picture - Asian Next Wave Yeo Siew Hua Won [12]
Singapore International Film Festival 8 December 2018 Best Asian Feature Yeo Siew Hua Won [12]
Valladolid International Film Festival 27 October 2018 Best Director of Photography Hideho Urata Won [12]
Golden Spike Award for Best Film Yeo Siew Hua Nominated [12]


  1. ^ Sarah Loh, Genevieve. "Why this Singapore film's historic win at one of the world's most important festivals matters". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved Nov 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "A Land Imagined". Films de Force Majeure. Retrieved Nov 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "A Land Imagined - Locarno Film Festival". Locarno Festival. Retrieved Nov 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Lodge, Guy. "A Land Imagined,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' Women Directors Win at Locarno Fest". Variety. Retrieved Nov 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Yeo Siew Hua's A Land Imagined first local movie named Best Film at Silver Screen Awards". The Straits Times. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. ^ "A Land Imagined (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "A Land Imagined Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  8. ^ "APSA 2018 Winners".
  9. ^ "El Gouna Film Festival - A Land Imagined".
  10. ^ "Five Flavours Asian Film Festival - A Land Imagined".
  11. ^ "Hamburg Film Festival - A Land Imagined".
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "A Land Imagined - Awards".

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