trailer with English subtitles for singapore release

trailer with japanese subtitles for japan release

trailer with chinese subtitles for china (TV/Web) release

Screening Information


Theatrical releases at major cinemas in Japan (Aug 11, 2012), Singapore (Nov 14, 2012) and Macau (Jan 12, 2014). All 3-week runs.


Aired as a Chinese New Year movie at primetime on Macau Cable TV on the first 3 days of CNY. (Feb 10-12, 2013)


Screened at film festivals in Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, Macau and Singapore.


Screened at the University of Southern California (USC) in Sept 2017, Feb 2016, Jan 2015, as well as universities and film schools in Taiwan, Macau, and Singapore.

Online distribution

ROULETTE CITY is distributed on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon internationally, and on multiple Internet platforms in China.


Tak, from Mainland China, goes to Macau with his uncle Wai, hoping to win money to pay for his ill mother's operation. Together they begin to frequent Macau's underground gambling dens - and win big. But as their winnings grow, Wai becomes increasingly distracted by the temptations of the big city, including Tak’s old lover from China - Wynnie. Misled to believe that he had killed Wai in a furied brawl over Wynnie, Tak must find a way to flee Macau with Wynnie. Wynnie lures Tak into a gamble that he cannot refuse: their freedom in exchange for information known to a local policeman, Kin. To gain Kin's trust, Tak befriends Kin’s sister Armanda. Armanda's simple and honest nature catches Tak off-guard and he begins to fall for her. As Tak grows closer to Kin and Armanda, and Kin gets closer to discovering Tak's true intentions, Tak must decide where his true loyalties lie.




中国本土出身のタク(トーマス・リム)は叔父のワイ(キュー・ポウチョン)と共に、マカオにやって来た。病気の母親の手術代を得る為だ。二人は違法カジノへ足を運び、大儲けをするが、ワイは次第に大都会の誘惑に溺れていく。タクの昔の彼女・ウィニー(ジョセフィン・チャイ)と関係したワイを巡り喧嘩沙汰となったタクとワイ。ワイを殺してしまったと思い込んだタクは、マカオの警察官・キン(チョン・シーユン)の情報屋になることで、警察から逃れウィニーと共にマカオから逃亡しようと企む。そしてキンの信用を得る為にタクはキンの妹・アマンダ(エニー・ロイ)と友人になるが、アマンダの純粋で誠実な性格はタクの心を動かし、恋に落ち始める。タクがキン、アマンダと親しくなり、キンがタクの本当の企てを知り始めるとき、タクの心は揺れ動く・・・。(上映時間 1時間16分)

ROULETTE CITY poster (at singapore release)

ROULETTE CITY poster (at singapore release)

Oct-3, 2017: Thomas Lim invited to speak at USC.

Oct-3, 2017: Thomas Lim invited to the University of Southern California to speak on how we made "Roulette City" and "Sea of Mirrors" in Asia.



#USC #UniversityofSouthernCalifornia #SeaofMirrors #RouletteCity

June-8, 2017: ROULETTE CITY releases in China today!

ROULETTE CITY releases in China today, and our distributor "Being Pictures" sent us screenshots from China.


"Roulette City" trailer links in China.

ROULETTE CITY releases in China tomorrow (June-8). Our distributor "Being Pictures" sent us links to the film's trailer everywhere on the Chinese Internet space. Very impressed by how they changed the tagline to suit the new market. 

June-5, 2017: "Tencent" reports on “Roulette City” distribution in China

June-5, 2017: "Tencent" reports on “Roulette City” distribution in China. Tencent is one of the world’s largest Internet companies, owning WeChat, Weibo and QQ etc.


May-26, 2017: "Macau News" and "Macao Magazine" report on "Roulette City" distribution in China

5/26/2017: "Macau News" and "Macao Magazine" websites report on “Roulette City” distribution in China.

May-26, 2017: The Macau Post Daily reports on "Roulette City" China distribution

5/26: The Macau Post Daily on “Roulette City” distribution in China. The MPD is one of Macau’s main English papers. 


May-21, 2017: Macao Daily News reports on "Roulette City" distribution in China

May-21, 2017: Macao Daily News reports on "Roulette City" distribution in China. (Pg D03). 
The Macao Daily News is Macau's most prominent press.  


May-20, 2017: Va Kio Daily Report on "Roulette City" China Distribution

5/20: Va Kio Daily newspapers report on "Roulette City" distribution in China. Pg 4-1.
"Va Kio Daily" is one of the most prominent press in Macau.


ROULETTE CITY Internet distribution in China

We are pleased to announce that “Roulette City,” written and directed by Thomas Lim, will be distributed on pay-per-view streaming in Mainland China on platforms "Tencent" (騰訊), "Sohu" (搜狐) and "Baofeng" (暴风).

Distribution is done through China based distributor “Being Pictures,” and will commence on June-8, 2017 (Thursday). The film will be released using the same English title "Roulette City," but a different Chinese title, directly translated as “Roulette City: God of Gamblers” (輪盤賭神).

Of particular mention, “Tencent” is one of the largest Internet companies, as well as the largest gaming company in the world. In China, it offers the well-known instant messenger “Tencent QQ,” one of the largest web portals “,” mobile chat service “WeChat,” and China’s Twitter “Weibo.” Along with iQiyi and Youku, Tencent is considered one of the three biggest Internet movie platforms in China.

Revised ROULETTE CITY poster for China distribution.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thomas Lim and all at Island Man Pictures wish you a very Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year. May the year of the rooster bring success, peace and above all, good health!

Jan-20, 2017: "Jornal Tribuna de Macau" reports on "Roulette City" included as USC curriculum.

Macau’s “Jornal Tribuna de Macau” newspapers report on Thomas Lim's first feature “Roulette City” included as part of USC’s curriculum and final exams.
JTM is one of Macau's most prominent press.


May-5, 2016: USC interviews Thomas Lim

May-5, 2016: The University of Southern California (USC) Q&A with director Thomas Lim. By E.J Levin.


Mar-4, 2016: Roulette City screens at Red Dot Cinema in Singapore

Mar-4, 2016: Roulette City screens at Red Dot Cinema in Singapore to a capacity audience, followed by a Q&A.

New screening at Red Dot Cinemas in Singapore on Mar-4, 2016.

ROULETTE CITY will screen at Red Dot Cinemas in Singapore on Mar-4, 2016. 
Tickets at:

Feb-4, 2016: Roulette City screens at USC + Talk by director Thomas Lim.

Feb-4, 2016: Thomas Lim gave a talk about filmmaking and Macau to the students at the University of Southern California (USC). For this talk, Lim's feature film Roulette City was screened at USC on Feb-2, 2016.

Excerpts at --

2016年2月4日:林毅煒導演在美國洛杉磯南加州大學 (USC) 給電影與傳媒繫學生做了個演講。為配合這演講,南加大在2月2日播放了由林毅煒導演的第一部長片電影《輪盤》。

Feb-6, 2015: Hoje Macau newspapers features Thomas Lim on the FRONT PAGE and CENTER PAGES

Feb-6, 2015: Thomas Lim is featured on the front page of Hoje Macau Portuguese newspapers (one of the most important Macau press) in an interview on his opinions on the current situation of the Macau film industry. 
Full article on pages 2 and 3. #FrontPageNews

For official English transcript, click here.
Front Page: "Telling Stories I Haven't Seen"
Pages 2 and 3: Full article in the Portuguese language.

Feb-22, 2015: Macao Daily News reports on USC screening.

Feb-22, 2015: Macau's most widely circulated newspapers Macao Daily News publishes an article on the USC screenings (Jan-15) and screenwriting workshops (Dec-14). Thank you to everyone who came to the screening, Q&A, and workshop. Page B-12. Reported by Zi Fan. 

Jan-23, 2015: USC screenings of ROULETTE CITY and RETURNEES

Post screening Q&A video attached below.

Great to start the new year with news that my films ROULETTE CITY and RETURNEES will screen at a top film school - University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, on Jan-23, 2015. 




Nov, 2014: CLOSER magazine reports on ROULETTE CITY and MARI screening at NDFF

The November edition of popular Macau magazine CLOSER reports on ROULETTE CITY and MARI screening at the New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo (Nov 28-30, 2014). Pages 42-43.

Magazine link —

ROULETTE CITY and MARI screenings at NDFF

ROULETTE CITY and MARI screen at the New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo. (28-30 Nov 2014).
The director, cast and crew greet audiences at NDFF.
Director Thomas Lim and Actress/producer Kieko Suzuki.
Director Thomas Lim, Actress/producer Kieko Suzuki at the red carpet event.

Thomas Lim as member of Grand Jury at NDFF, Tokyo

Thomas Lim is a member of the Grand Jury of the New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo (28-30 Nov 2014). MARI and ROULETTE CITY (both directed and written by Thomas Lim) screen at the festival on 29 Nov (Sat), 20:20pm.

MACAO DAILY NEWS reports on ROULETTE CITY and MARI screenings at NDFF

Full Link --

1114: マカオで最も読まれている新聞「澳門日報」に東京の新人監督映画祭 (11/28-30) にて「ROULETTE CITY」、「MARI」と「LOVE IN THE CITY」が上映されると報道されました。(

チケットについては "MARI FB event page"をご覧ください

14 Nov 2014: Macao's most widely circulated newspapers "Macao Daily News" reports on the screenings of ROULETTE CITY, MARI and LOVE IN THE CITY at the "New Directors Film Festival" in Tokyo (28-30 Nov 2014). (


MARI and ROULETTE CITY will both screen at the NEW DIRECTORS FILM FESTIVAL in Tokyo. 

Date: 29 November 2014, Saturday. 20:30pm.

Venue: 4-10-2 Nakano Nakanoku Tokyo, Nakano Central Park South Congress Square, Convention Hall 2. It's a 5-min walk from Nakano station (Tokyo).

Tickets: Pre-booked ticket 2,000yen, Same day ticket 3,000yen 

Book your tickets through us via and collect it at the "MARI-counter" at the screening venue. (price: 2,000yen). 
With this same 2000yen ticket, you are free to watch any other movies at the New Directors Film Festival (

MARI Facebook screening event page:

Film screenings at universities in Taiwan

ROULETTE CITY and RETURNEES were screened at 2 universities in Taiwan in Oct 2014: the prestigious National Chiao Tung University (Oct-23), Chang Jung University (oct-28), and Kun Shan Univerisity (Oct-29).
Oct-23: Screening and Q&A at the prestigious National Chiao Tung University
Oct-29: Screening and Q&A at Kun Shan University

Oct-28, Screening and Q&A at Chang Jung University

ROULETTE CITY and RETURNEES to screen at Taiwan's top universities

ROULETTE CITY and RETURNEES will be presented in Taiwan this October: at the prestigious National Chiao Tung University (in Hsinchu, on 23 Oct) and Kun Shan University (in Tainan, on 29 Oct). Thomas Lim will be on hand for after screening Q and A sessions.

National Chiao Tung University publicity poster
Kun Shan University publicity poster

Japan's English magazine JAPANSTORE interviews Thomas Lim

26 Sept 2014: An interview with Japan's English magazine JAPANSTORE, on our new film MARI and ROULETTE CITY.
Full Link -

MACAO DAILY NEWS publishes "The Pros and Cons of Filming in Macao"

18 Sept 2014: Macao's most widely circulated newspapers (Macao Daily News) published an article titled "The Pros and Cons of Filming in Macao", contributed by Thomas Lim.
Page E4.

ART LIB Online magazine reports on Roulette City screenings in Taipei (Taiwan)

Taiwan's "Art Lib" online magazine reports on the screening of Roulette City on 19 Jul 2014, at MOCA in Taipei.
台灣的全球華人藝術網 藝評人專區報導了《輪盤》7月19日在臺北當代藝術館上映的消息。
Full link:

Roulette City screens in Taiwan 19 Jul 2014.

Roulette City screens in Taipei (Taiwan) on 19 July 2014 at The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (the MOMA of Taiwan). Thomas Lim is also the consultant and jury member of the festival.