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Runtime: 5" 18"

Date 2019

Ju Ren 巨人

Surreal | 5 mins 18s | No Dialogue | PG13

Film Synopsis

A school of fishes is washed up on a barren island. While the other fishes choose to swim back to the sea, one redfish decides to venture deeper into the barren island. Inspired by Tan Swie Hian's poem '巨人'.

Director's statement

The stop-motion animation of The Giant was originally developed as an adaptation of Tan Swie Hian's poem back in 2017 when they were commissioned to make a short animation by National Art Council. Unsatisfied with the end result, the brothers took a 1.5 years hiatus, and finally went back to rework a new version with a different approach. Beginning from late 2018, the brothers experiment with the mixture of 3D and stop motion techniques. And on 2019, a new film take on a life of its own and Ju Ren was finally completed.

Animation inspired from Tan Swie Hian's poem 巨人


Director : Harry Zhuang Weifu and Henry Zhuang Weiguo

Producer : David Lee & Eternality Tan

Sound Designer : Teo Weiyong

Audio Recording : Gray Note Productions

An offering of: Singapore Writers Festival

Presented by: National Art Council

Produced by: The Filmic Eye

Supported by: MCCY


Won 'Gold' award at 22th Digicon 6 Asia (Singapore region)

Won 'Best Animation' Golden Durian Award at Cartoon Underground 2020

Won 'Professional Craft Award for the Best Professional Movie(Southeast Asia Competition) at CRAFT International Animation Festival

Won 'Polish Audience Award in Southeast Asia Competition at CRAFT International Animation Festival


Annecy animation film festival 2020 (France) - Perspectives Films category (Competition)

Indie-AniFest2020 – Asia Road (Asian Competition)

2020 高雄電影節 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition

Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2020 ASEAN Short Film Competition

22th Digicon 6 ASIA 2020

2020 Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (United States, Maryland)

Feinaki – Beijing Animation Week 2020 (Main competition)

Cartoon Underground 2020 (International competition)

Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) -  Light of Asia (non competition)

International festival of auteur cinema 'KINOLIKBEZ - XI' (International Competition)


ciNE65 2021 Film Festival (SHOWCASE)

Singapore Shorts’21 (SHOWCASE)