First Ever Singapore-Korea Co-Produced Film “AJOOMMA” To Make World Premiere At Busan International Film Festival

The first-ever Singapore-Korea co-produced feature film “AJOOMMA” received 4 nominations at the upcoming 59th Golden Horse Awards!

Established local actress Hong Huifang picks up a nod for Best Leading Actress, while veteran Korean actor Jung Dong-hwan is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Jung is only the second Korean actor ever to be nominated at the Golden Horse Awards.

First-time feature director He Shuming competes in 2 categories: Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay, whereby he is nominated alongside his co-writer Kris Ong.

Director Shuming is grateful for the recognition, “I’m speechless still. It’s been 6 years of hard work and we couldn’t have done it without the support of so many people around us. I’m so happy for Huifang and Jung Dong-hwan – such deserving nominations!”

2022 has been exceptionally fulfilling. We shot “AJOOMMA” at the beginning of the year, the movie got selected for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival, and now I received the prestigious Golden Horse nomination of Best Leading Actress. I am very humbled.

– Hong Huifang

“AJOOMMA” is produced by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen. The movie opens in Singapore cinemas from 27 October 2022.

“AJOOMMA” will also be holding its world premiere at the 27th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on 7 October! It is also the first Singapore film, since Eric Khoo’s MEE POK MAN (1996) and Royston Tan’s 15 (2003), to be selected for competition at BIFF’s well established New Currents competition.

The movie marks veteran Singaporean actress Hong Huifang’s first leading role in a feature film where she co-stars with talented Korean actors including Jung Dong-hwan, Kang Hyung-suk and Yeo Jin-goo, who will make a special appearance. Local actor Shane Pow also plays a supporting role in the film.


“AJOOMMA” follows the story of Auntie (Hong Huifang), a middle-aged Singaporean woman who has dedicated the best years of her life to caring for her family. Now widowed with her grown up son, Sam (Shane Pow) who is about to fly the roost, Auntie is left to contend with a whole new identity beyond her roles of daughter, wife, and mother.

A solo trip to Korea becomes a wild adventure for Auntie where she embarks on an unexpected roller coaster ride where hearts flutter and unlikely bonds are formed.

“AJOOMMA” is produced by Giraffe Pictures; with support from Singapore Film Commission, Korean Film Council and Seoul Film Commission. The film is distributed by Golden Village Pictures in Singapore.

“AJOOMMA” sneaks from 21 – 24 October and opens from 27 October in cinemas.

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