Ilo Ilo

Synopsis: Set in Singapore, Ilo Ilo chronicles the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Teresa. Like many other Filipino women, she has come to this city in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. This is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is beginning to be felt in the region...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anthony Chen
Production: Film Movement
  30 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

Turn around.

Look up.

What happened?

What are you doing?

Stop it, or I'll take you to Principal.

If she sees what you've done,

I'll have my mum lodge a complaint.


Mr Tan, is everything okay?

Good afternoon, Chuan Shipping.

Hold on.

Leng, it's for you.

Your son.

Line 2.

Didn't I tell you not to call my office?

What's the matter?

I'm sorry, MrTan.

I understand.

Okay, thank you.

Lisa, tell Boss I'm taking urgent leave.

What happened?

You'll understand when you have kids.

Close the door.

Still in the mood to play?

How many times have I told you?

Are you a hooligan?

Come here, stop running.

Are you trying to drive me to my grave?

Leave the drumstick for your father.

Have the other packet.

Take this.

Your clothes.

Did you ask?

Yes, I did.

I'll collect the photos from the agency.

Leave out the Indonesians,

we can't speak Malay anyway.

Are you sure about getting someone?

Ah Boy is already old enough.

At least I'll get help with chores.

Like father, like son.

What are you doing?

Keeping stuff.

Boy, don't mess with it.

It's Saturday, aren't you mopping the?oor?

The maid arrives today. If I do

the chores, what will she do?

Please behave when she comes.

Don't embarrass me.

Come in.

My wife, Hwee Leng.


You can call me Terry, Ma'am.

My son, Jiale.

He's very naughty sometimes.

Go on, greet her.


Help Auntie with her bags.

Come on.

Be polite.

You'll be sharing the room with Jiale.


Don't kick up a fuss.

I'm always the one who has to share my room.

You rather sleep in the kitchen?

Where are your manners?

This is your bed, you'll sleep here.

You can put your stuff here.

L've just cleared the space and you've

dumped newspapers in again.

I'll do it, Ma'am.

Don't touch them.

Move these to the storeroom.

Terry, give me your passport.

I'll keep it for you.

Make sure all the papers are kept.

Don't touch my grandpa.

Why are you phoning in the toilet?

It's nothing.

Why did you take her passport?

In case she tries to run away.

Aren't you thinking too much?

What's the date?

The 18th.

Why are you using her passport numbers?

You have other numbers for the lottery?


When you bring it out... must be very careful.

Don't drop it.

Or you might kill someone.

You will need a cup.

- Red or blue?

- Red?

The blue's better. Plastic won't break.

Besides sweeping and mopping every day... need to vacuum the house once a week.

The vacuum cleaner is in the storeroom.

Can you operate this?

Yes Ma'am.

These are my old clothes

that I want to give away.

Maybe you can wear them.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

If you need to call me at work,

my number is here.

But please don't call me

unless it's an emergency.

You can page Sir too,

but he's harder to reach.


Yes, Ma'am.

There's no IDD on our phone.

So no overseas calls.

If you need to call home,

get a phone card.

Place it in the middle.

Boy, stop playing. It's time to eat.

You can sit here.

What's the matter with you?

Don't worry, we don't mind. Right?

Have some vegetables.

Where are you going?

He wasn't this bad when

your father was around.

Why are you squeezing

with us at your age?

I can't sleep.

Be a good boy, go back to your bed.

I want to sleep here.

Can't you see how big my tummy is?

Let's just sleep.

Please put these on.

These are our glass samples.

As you can see... made by older

technology breaks easily.

But the latest tempered glass...

...doesn't break, no matter how you hit it.

- Can I try?

- Sure,go ahead.


Terry, hold this.

Don't mess with my things

if you're not buying.

Boy, come over.

Don't you need to get stationery?

Go with Auntie.

Spend it wisely.

Terry, go with him.

I'm really sorry.

I'll bring you a new sample tomorrow.

Save the trouble.

Quite frankly, my new manager

speaks only English.

Westernized snob.

I understand.

I'll walk you out.

Can I use your phone?

Sure, this way.

What if I sell now?

If I were to hold, how much will I need?

Alright, let's hold.

I'll wire the money.

Stop following me.

Ready to go;

Stay here, I'll 90 Pay-


Excuse me, Ma'am.

Can you please stop?

What's in your bags?

Sorry Ma'am, we'll need to

check those items.

Found it?


Is this the boy?

Do you know him?


Terry, where have you been?

I've been looking around for you.

Sorry. I was lost.

Luckily you came back by yourself.

Otherwise, I'd have to call the police.

Sorry, Ma'am.

You're new here, don't run

about on your own.

What do you want?

Why did you do that to me?

Listen, I don't care if you like me or not.

You don't like me, I don't care.

But your mum employed me.

I'm here to do my work properly.

I am your maid...

...but I didn't come here to be bullied.


Yes, Ma'am.

Can you come to the kitchen please?

Coming, Ma'am.



Don't want it.

Wait... I'll make you some bread.

There goes another.

I know.

I typed the letters.

Karen, can you come in?

The situation is so messy

on the ground now.

Do you think it will affect us admin staff?

We've been working here for ages.

We should be alright.

You've been here longer.

You should be fine.

Back to work.


I know you're inside.

Open the door please.


- .



The whole block will be after you

if you keep pounding like that.

Sorry.The boy was...

First time?


How old are you?


You can work for a long time.

Brought your rosary?


Forget about it.

There is no room for God here.

Thank you, class.

Thank you, Mrs Ong.

Aren't you special?

Your maid picks you up

from the classroom.


Since you're so smart...

...carry my bag.



Yes Ma'am.

What took you so long?

I was...

Is Ah Boy around?

Wait, hold on...

Let me talk to him.


Hold on, Ma'am.

He's in the toilet.

Okay, never mind.

That boy is really lazy.

Make sure he finishes his

homework before I'm back.

Okay Ma'am.


Your maid is calling for you.

Mummy asked you to do your homework.


Mummy says finish your

homework before she's home

Come on.

Leave me alone.

I said come on.

That's enough.

Go up and do your work,

don't be a busybody.

Are you coming or not?


Go home.

F***. Courting death?

Taxi drivers these days are just reckless.

Are you alright?

Still playing when your arm's like that?

Tell me. How did you get hit by a taxi?

Terry, I don't want this to happen again.

Yes, Ma'am.

Take care of yourself.

Don't wander about.

Terry, bring him up and

start cooking dinner.

You're not going home?

Take me back to the office,

I have work to do.

The office? At this time?

No thanks to your son.

They must be saying things

about me stepping out so often.

I'll do it myself.

Let me help. Come on.

Let me do it.

The doctor said it mustn't get wet.

I know.



Okay, you go out.


I thought you were very clever.

Why do you need my help?

Shut up.

Be careful, your knee.

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Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen (simplified Chinese: 陈哲艺; traditional Chinese: 陳哲藝) is a Singaporean film director and film producer. He found success with his debut feature film, Ilo Ilo (2013), which won the prestigious Camera d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and earned him the Achievement in Directing award at the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. He also won the 50th Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film and Best New Director. more…

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