CLOUDCOCKOOLAND is a term used to describe the state of mind of people who seem optimistically out of touch with reality. In this film, we follow the lives of two brothers - Ming and Yu, aged 14 and 8 – over a single week, as they explore the boundaries between fairytales and history, dream and reality, forgiveness and violence, utopian aspirations and the truth of everyday life. The story is set during Ming and Yu’s school holidays. Ming and his friends – inspired by stories of revolution - try to lose themselves in the urban forest of Singapore as a way to discover utopia. Along his journey, he unearths a strand of family history stretching over two generations, and spanning from China to Singapore, as well as the buried political past of Singapore. Meanwhile Yu undergoes a series of adventures, involving a number of war-games, spy-games and magical games. In the process he is plugged into a series of hallucinatory visions involving folktales and fairytales from all over the world. He will come face to face with the terrible ‘curse of eternal repetition’, before finally discovering grace, through the power of forgiveness. Like the best fairytales, Cloudcuckooland is a story for the child inside each and everyone of us.