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Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Release Year:2022
Runtime:90 min
South Korea
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Print Source:Rediance
Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Oscar Submission
First Feature
Best of Fest
Director:He Shuming
Producer:Anthony Chen
Co-Producer:Lee Joonhan
Cinematographer:Hwang Gyeonghyeon
Screenwriter:He Shuming
Kris Ong
Editor:Jasmine Ng
Armiliah Aripin
Composer:Ting Si Hao
Principal Cast:Hong Huifang
Jung Dong-Hwan
Kang Hyung Suk
Shane Pow


Best of Fest Encore Screening

He Shuming’s directorial debut wowed audiences at the Busan International Film Festival and was Singapore’s official entry for this year’s Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Ajoomma (Korean for ‘auntie’) is a heartwarming story of love and acceptance and… soap operas.

Auntie Bee Hua (Hong Huifang) is a lonely widow who loves to binge on Korean soap operas from her home in Singapore. Her son had promised to take her on a trip to Seoul but backed out at the last minute, leaving her to navigate the trip all by herself. When she becomes separated from her tour bus and loses her phone, Auntie (or Ajooma) falls in with an aged security guard, Jung Su (Jung Dong-hwan), who tries to help her despite their language differences. Hong Huifang puts in a touching star turn after a career of soap operas herself, and was nominated for Best Actress at Taipei’s 59th Golden Horse Awards for the best films in the Chinese language.

Director Biography

He Shuming is a Singaporean director who majored in Film and Animation at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and received his MFA in directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI). He is the director of numerous, award-winning short films. Ajoomma (2022) is his debut feature.