Announcing the Making of Ten Hours of Divorce (离婚十小时): An Uplifting Story of the Family
Ten Hours of Divorce (离婚十小时) is a raw, honest movie that takes a hard look at what happens to everyone involved in a divorce, and forces us to re-look at the importance of the nuclear family once again.
Singaporeans are a lot more accepting of divorce today than they ever were before. In fact, a recent survey that was published in the Singapore media earlier this year uncovered the shocking fact that one in four couples are contemplating divorce. It is in this atmosphere that Ten Hours of Divorce (离婚十小时), has been produced. Created by experienced life-coach Mdm Huiru (慧汝) over the course of 5 years, who based this story on real-life cases she had encountered over the course of her mentoring work, and directed by veteran producer Mr Au Yuk Sing (區玉盛), this is a movie that takes an authentic and honest approach to parental and unconditional love of the nuclear family, acknowledging its utmost importance in a child’s life.
A sweeping tale of familial love that spans China and Singapore, this is a story about a wise lady and her separated husband, whose marriage has seen many ups and downs through the years. The movie is deeply atmospheric and reminiscent of a nostalgic time in an era steeped in change and tradition, rife with a heart-wrenching tension between modern aspiration and duty to the family. Ultimately, this is a story that champions the family and the prevailing of hope, a tale that seeks to uplift the audience with its message of perseverance and inherent belief in keeping the family whole. In a time where divorce rates are climbing (the latest statistics released by the Department of Statistics show that divorce rates were at a 10 year high in 2016) and social attitudes towards separation seem more normalised – this is indeed a beautiful and brave story about the importance of the family that everyone needs to watch. Underlying the entire movie is the message that love is a restorative force that has immense power to affect the society positively, and the love a child obtains from his or her family has far-reaching effects that will continue to enrich the community over the years.
Mdm Huiru was inspired to write the story for Ten Hours of Divorce (离婚十小时) after meeting with and mentoring many troubled people throughout her 20-year career as first, a teacher, and then, a life-coach and author. “When I was at my lowest, a mentor helped me understand my true purpose in life as being a positive light to those who need emotional support. Through my interactions teaching and coaching my clients, I also realised that a dignified and meaningful life derives from the family of origin, the love an individual receives from that point from his or her parents and all throughout childhood,” says Mdm Huiru. “This is the positive and reinforcing message I hope to convey through the movie, which I sincerely believe will make a difference to the lives of all who watch it.”
Says Mr Au about his latest project, his first after a 6-year hiatus from producing movies and television dramas: “This is a very meaningful project to me, as its main purpose is not a commercial one like what I am used to, but is instead a very noble one: to prompt the audience to think deeper about their purpose in life. The characters of the movie were also written to be easily relatable for the viewers, and it is my hope that the person who watches this movie will be influenced to respond positively to their situations, just as the movie’s characters did.”
It is with this mindset that the makers of this movie have approached this project and they hope to make a stark, honest commentary about why much beauty in life can be derived from the family and its crucial importance, extolling the value of life and unconditional love, and cautioning of the far-reaching repercussions of divorce on the child whose family is torn apart by it. The casting and release date of the movie are still in the process of being confirmed.
About Huiru Value-Life (Singapore)
Huiru Value-Life (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Fujian Huiru Cultural Broadcast Private Limited were based on its theoretical foundations of nearly 20 years of research and development. Mdm Huiru and the team were the first to pioneer the education concept of Huiru Value-Life and Life Quantum Leap. They used various methods such as books, programmes, videos, and movies, as vectors to promote the integrated positive practices and beliefs of unconditional love and truth, a holistic education, and the incremental value of life. The company aims to promote unconditional love and truth as the essence of life, with its key purpose in tracing the core of human lives by sorting through confusions, developing a positive mind-set, respecting the value of life, and ultimately, building and restoring of human relationships at large. Our organization emphasises the value of a dignified life and how this leads to a harmonious society.
Mdm Huiru was born in a town in southern Fujian, China. After her graduation from university, she gave up a stable job in China before coming to Singapore to chart her own future in her continuous pursuit of the main value of her life. Now she is a Singapore Permanent Resident. At her lowest point more than ten years ago, Mdm Huiru benefited greatly from the advice of a mentor who encouraged her to change her thoughts and seek her true purpose in life through the Life Quantum Leap (生命增值) programme.
Since then, Mdm Huiru has been a life-coach and a strong advocate of the Life Quantum Leap (生命增值) and Huiru Value-Life (慧汝生命价值文化) programme as a means to help her clients explore all aspects of their life and aims to provide them a true purpose and direction of life.
With the current lack of emphasis of core values in the education system, and the increasing rate of couples feeling lost in their marital relationship and hence affecting the sanctity of the nuclear family, Mdm Huiru and her team aim to help people think about and explore the various aspects of their lives, by providing guidance towards life’s definite purpose and direction.
The movie is based on this programme. It is Mdm Huiru’s lifelong dream and vision to help people live their lives to the fullest, by transforming a negative outlook of life into a positive one, and through this movie, Mdm Huiru and her team hopes to help more people who are in need of a direction and help in their lives.
Mdm Huiru’s book that loosely inspires the movie’s main story is entitled “For the Dignity of the Life-There is a Kind of Love Making Us not be Strange to Each Other Anymore” (为了生命的尊严：有一种爱，让我们不再陌生). It was first published in 2010 in Malaysia, and was subsequently published in China and Singapore as well. Her book has received many recommendations and endorsements by readers, educators and publishers. It can be borrowed from the National Library Board’s (NLB) eBook selection: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/2080100
About Mr Au Yuk Sing
Born in Hong Kong and now a Singapore citizen, Mr Au is a veteran producer who has many commercially successful projects to his name. He has been producing television dramas since 1982, and has produced several Chinese dramas for the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and the Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) that were extremely popular in Singapore in the 1980s and 1990s. Some of his notable works include Seletar Robbery (实里达大劫案), The Darkest Hour (晚来风急), The Awakening (雾锁南洋), The Flying Fish (小飞鱼), Airforce (空军), Heartbeat (医胆仁心), Heavenly Ghost Catcher (天师钟馗), The Price of Peace (和平的代价), Tofu Street (豆腐街), and The Return of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣). He has produced over 500 TV dramas in his time in Singapore.
In 1997, he was seconded to Taiwan to oversee the starting of a new overseas channel known as SG Channel in collaboration with TCS – a very first of its kind. When the collaboration ended 2 years later, Mr Au left Mediacorp and participate in the production of films and TV dramas in different countries and regions such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia.
Ten Hours of Divorce (离婚十小时) is the first movie he is producing after a long hiatus and is the first of its kind, unique in its uplifting and positive message that strongly champions the nuclear family.