top of page

The High Cost of Living

Directed by

Leonard Lai Yok Wai




96 minutes


Action, Thriller


Mandarin, English


In the modern city of Singapore, everybody has a set path to follow. But once in a while, someone attempts to step off it. THE HIGH COST OF LIVING centers on Gid & Long, two different yet similar persons on the opposite sides of the law. They are about to find out what happens to those who do.

Gid earns a living by eliminating problems for his clients. Terminally. He is a killer for hire but not a very good one. His actions have not gone unnoticed and his latest job has attracted the attention of the authorities. Gid soon finds himself being hunted by Long, a professional government assassin whose marriage to his wife, Sulee, is failing because of what he does. Gid’s long-time friend, Aloysius and his girlfriend, Lily, becomes involved in the mess as he desperately tries to rectify the situation. Gid’s only hope is that he can get out before Long catches up with him. A trail of bodies lead all the main players to a high tension hostage situation where they will have to deal with not just the police gathering outside, but also with their own broken relationships inside. When it is all over, none of them will come out the same.



Ong Thiam Seng

Produced by

Digital Media Academy, Singapore Film Commission

International Sales/Distribution


Timothy Nga, Roy Ngerng, Yeo Yann Yann, Andrea Lim, Brian Liau, Jean Low, Joseph Quek


2006, Action, Thriller, Hitman, Hunted, Assassin, Marriage, Murder, Relationship

bottom of page