At the End of Daybreak (2009): Malaysian Ho Yuhang’s Tale of Illicit Love

Independent filmmaker Ho Yuhang’s At the End of Daybreak is the first Malaysian film ever to compete for the Golden Leopard Award at the 2009 Locarno Film Festival.

At the End of Daybreak is the story of Tuck Chai, a 23-year-old guy who’s dating Ying, a schoolgirl who isn’t yet 16, after meeting in an internet chatroom. Their parents know nothing about the illicit relationship, until Ying’s mother and father find birth-control pills in her room. That’s when their worlds start to shatter.

At the End of Daybreak (Sham Moh) is Ho’s fourth feature. His previous film, Rain Dogs, was selected by the Venice Film Fest in the “Horizonti” section.

This Malaysia-South Korea-Hong Kong co-production was shot entirely in Malaysia with two Hong Kong lead actors – Kara Wai Ying Hung and Chui Tien You – as well as Malaysian talents Jane Ng Meng Hui, Chew Kin Wah and Mandy Chong.